Automating SharePoint Provisioning and Deployment on VMware vSphere
This paper explains how to create MOSS 2007 component templates using VMware vSphere. With templates, you can rapidly clone and provision new virtual machines that stage and deploy new SharePoint Servers. The paper provides guidance on automation based on VMware and Microsoft best practices. Examples are used to describe the creation of virtual machine templates for SharePoint web front-end servers; the same techniques apply to templates created for all SharePoint server roles including Query, Index, and Application servers.