Automating Image-Based Deployment of SQL Server on Azure IaaS VMs - Combining OS Installation and SQL Server Sysprep


We have been describing the process of preparing a Windows Server 2012 R2-based image containing a pre-staged installation of SQL Server 2014. The intention was to streamline deployment of SQL Server 2014 Azure Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) virtual machines, without relying on somewhat inflexible Gallery images.

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