I think we may have stumbled across a bug in the VSC 2.0. When using the RCU to build a new machine, if we select our Server 2008 R2 template, and then choose our 2008 customization spec, it does not apply to the VM. If we just deploy the VM from template using VMware and select the spec it does apply. We do not have this issue with Server 2003. Has anyone else run into this, and can we confirm, is this a bug?
None of those symbols are present anywhere in the spec. It is pretty standard. There is other odd behavior too. Even the BIOS settings I have in the template are no longer present when I run the RCU from the VSC for Windows Server 2008 R2.
Cloning using VMware works as expected. It copies all settings including the BIOS and properly applies the guest OS spec. There are a lot of customizations that we make in the BIOS including removing the floppy drive and controller, shutting off the serial and parallel ports, and setting the boot order. I don't understand why this would not be included by default. Additionally I made the modifications to the xml file listed here, and it fails when it tries to copy the NVRAM file.