How to use Packer to build a Windows Server template for VMware vSphere

Guillermo Musumeci
4 min readDec 17, 2019

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Note: this story is compatible with Packer v1.5.x or previous versions. For Packer v1.6.x versions, please look to this story.

Packer is an open-source tool used to create virtual machine templates from a .json file.

To automatize the creation of templates in VMware vSphere, there are two major approaches:

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Guillermo Musumeci

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