Best way to create W10 Pro reference computer and deploy the image

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    ahelton said: View Post
    I think we have the option of using KMS or MAK, but are actually using just MAK.
    I suspected you were using MAK. KMS requires a threshold where you have to have like 20+ machines using it before it'll work
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       #102

    I'm heading out on vacation this weekend, but when I get back I'm going to attempt to do this virtual machine thing and play around a little more with imaging and such. Are you familiar with that Hyper-V thing that other poster mentioned? Or would you recommend something like VMware or VirtualBox?
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    It appears that I'm not the only one who has had problems with activating MS Office 2010. Found this link on Microsoft's website for fixing the issue: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2400124

    I haven't tried it yet, but I have one computer that isn't activating so am going to give this a go and see what happens.
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  4.    #104

    ahelton said: View Post
    I'm heading out on vacation this weekend, but when I get back I'm going to attempt to do this virtual machine thing and play around a little more with imaging and such. Are you familiar with that Hyper-V thing that other poster mentioned? Or would you recommend something like VMware or VirtualBox?
    I would really recommend that you start with something like VMWare or VirtualBox. Hyper-V is a little difficult for starters to understand. I would recommend that you use VMWare- its what I personally use and its free for noncommercial use (good for playing around on your own time when you're not at work). Its pretty simple to use.

    Just remember:
    -If you're going to be putting windows 10 x64 on a virtual machine, you'll want the virtual machine to at least have these specs for optimal performance:

    CPU: 2 cores
    RAM: 4 GB
    HDD: 60 GB

    Virtual machines can require a little bit of horsepower. You'll probably want to make sure your host machine (the computer you'll be running the VM on) has at least 6 GB of RAM and enough hard drive space. You can cut back on the power you'll need by choosing to run the 32 bit version of windows 10 in the VM- all editions of Windows 10 you can get from the Microsoft website (and you'd probably want to anyways- .isos are most ideal for VM's).
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    RBunning said: View Post
    I would really recommend that you start with something like VMWare or VirtualBox. Hyper-V is a little difficult for starters to understand. I would recommend that you use VMWare- its what I personally use and its free for noncommercial use (good for playing around on your own time when you're not at work). Its pretty simple to use.

    Just remember:
    -If you're going to be putting windows 10 x64 on a virtual machine, you'll want the virtual machine to at least have these specs for optimal performance:

    CPU: 2 cores
    RAM: 4 GB
    HDD: 60 GB

    Virtual machines can require a little bit of horsepower. You'll probably want to make sure your host machine (the computer you'll be running the VM on) has at least 6 GB of RAM and enough hard drive space. You can cut back on the power you'll need by choosing to run the 32 bit version of windows 10 in the VM- all editions of Windows 10 you can get from the Microsoft website (and you'd probably want to anyways- .isos are most ideal for VM's).
    @RBunning

    So I'm wanting to start playing around with VMWare. Do I install the VMWare Workstation Player 12? I'm a little confused by their website as to what software to download. I want the one that is free for personal use.
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  6.    #106

    The correct way to do this is by using a RIS server https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/kb/325862
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  7.    #107

    ahelton said: View Post
    @RBunning

    So I'm wanting to start playing around with VMWare. Do I install the VMWare Workstation Player 12? I'm a little confused by their website as to what software to download. I want the one that is free for personal use.
    You're after "VMWare Workstation Player *12*" (12 is their latest version). Their website is pretty confusing- I won't lie, I've gotten lost on it looking for it as well.

    It seems that this is the download page:
    VMWare Workstation 12 free

    You'll obviously want the Windows x64 version (since I assume that is what you're 'host machine' will have). I can also help with getting started with VMWare player.

    Here's a screenshot of the version info with VMWare installed on my machine:
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       #108

    RBunning said: View Post
    You're after "VMWare Workstation Player *12*" (12 is their latest version). Their website is pretty confusing- I won't lie, I've gotten lost on it looking for it as well.
    No Joke. They could stand to hire a good UX designer :).

    I was guessing it was Workstation 12 Player, but just wanted to verify. Thanks! May fiddle around with it this weekend on my home desktop if I end up having time.
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