Create VMM template for Ubuntu 16.04

There seems to be a lot of guidance - but none of it was clear enough for me.. these are my quick notes - sorry for any typo's / mistakes

  • Download Ubuntu 16.04 ISO
  • Create & boot a Gen 2 VM using this ISO & a blank disk
  • Follow wizard (force UEFI disks if using¬† Gen2 VM, and I didn't encrypt the disks, and be sure to install the "OpenSSH Server") - I suggest a generic username & password - as the one used here appears to still be there after VMM template is deployed.
  • After deployment, wait for VM to boot & get it's IP address by logging into the VM & running 'ifconfig'.
  • From VMM server:
 Cd "C:\Program Files\Microsoft System Center 2016\Virtual Machine Manager\agents\Linux"
c:\program files\putty\PSCP.exe *.* username@VmIp:
  • the ':' after the IP is important - specifies the location to copy the files to. without anything after the ':' it will copy it to the users' home folder
  • Then from VM:
 # Update with latest security & other updates
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt upgrade
# enable automatic upgrades
sudo apt install unattended-upgrades
cat > 20auto-upgrades << EOF
APT::Periodic::Update-Package-Lists "1";
APT::Periodic::Download-Upgradeable-Packages "1";
APT::Periodic::AutocleanInterval "7";
APT::Periodic::Unattended-Upgrade "1";
sudo mv ./20auto-upgrades /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/
# install VMM agent
chmod +x install
sudo ./install ./scvmmguestagent.
# UEFI fix (needed for Gen 2 VMs)
sudo grub-install --target=x86_64-efi --efi-directory=/boot/efi --no-nvram --removable
# install & enabled Hyper-V Integration components
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install linux-tools-$(uname -r) linux-cloud-tools-$(uname -r) -y
# shutdown VM for VHD image. (this is also needed for IC's to start working)
sudo shutdown -h now
  • Next copy VHD to VMM library
  • Set VHD OS type to Ubuntu 16.04 (64 bit)
  • Create VM template
    • Make sure secure boot is disabled & VM Generation matches that used above.


The above steps didn't work for me when using Ubuntu 17.04