About Guest Operating System Profiles
Applies To: Virtual Machine Manager 2008, Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2, Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 SP1
To provide standard settings for the operating systems on virtual machines, you can create guest operating system profiles. Guest operating system profiles are a standard set of customization settings that you can import into virtual machine templates.
Guest operating system profiles are database objects that do not have any physical files associated with them. The profiles are configured in Library view, where they are displayed in a special VMs and Templates folder. You can also view templates by selecting the top node in the navigation pane, Library Servers.
You can create a guest operating system by using the New Guest OS Wizard in Library view, or you can save a guest operating system based on your current settings while you are creating a template. After a template is created, no association is maintained between the template and the guest operating system profile that was used with it. Any changes that are made to a guest operating system profile only affect new templates that are created after the changes are made.