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Building reference images for deployment that contain graphically intense software. Autocad/Solidworks/Maya

Question asked by R. W on Sep 16, 2015

I work at a college, and several of our labs use graphically intensive software such as Autocad/Solidworks/Maya etc. Right now I've always built my reference images on physical hardware and not in a VM, just because the software is so graphically intense. Also I've always been told solidworks/autocad/maya will not run in a VM properly to be able to adjust settings in my reference image?.


Building reference images on physical hardware is cumbersome because before I can seal and capture the image using sysprep and sccm, I must first upload a non-sysprepped version and uploading a huge image twice is cumbersome and quite frankly a waste of time.

I'd like to adjust my workflow but don't know how or where to begin, I'd like to hear from anyone who builds reference images with graphically intense software, on what platform do you build upon physical machine or vm?