Low End Windows Templates
A while ago this post by @ihadp who runs whatuptime had some links to Windows templates for cloud providers. Had. That went well and whatuptime paywalled their templates behind a required US$10 "donation".
Anyways, so I got bored last night and I recreated some templates. These should all work perfectly on the default Oracle Cloud "always free" config. These images are stock Windows with Oracle's VirtIO drivers installed. The images are, and always will be free to download.
The installation is pretty simple. Here's how I did it:
- Deploy an Ubuntu 18.04 instance, either will do
- Create a console connection for said instance
- SSH into your newly created instance, cd into
/boot/efiand drop netboot.xyz's EFI in there
- Using the console connection, spam
ESCuntil the firmware shows up. Boot from file, first disk,
- Boot the Ubuntu live installer, run through the network setup, but no further.
- Find the template you would like to use, and memorize that link
- Execute a shell from the installer and type
wget -q -O - <url you just memorized>|gunzip|dd of=/dev/sda. Be warned that this process may take up to an hour.
- Hit enter
In general the usernames and passwords for the images will be
Passw0rd!. If you find anything wrong with the images let me know and I'll update them.
These images do work on the Oracle Cloud free tier (that's what they were made for), but they also should work on other KVM providers like DigitalOcean, or Vultr. The disk is only 25GB, so on the oracle cloud you'll want to extend your disk after rebooting, but it's small enough that in the event it works on other KVM providers, it should work on their smallest size also.
RDP is enabled on all the images, and I'll be releasing 2008 R2 and possibly XP/2003 if time allows.
- No license keys, cracks, etc. are included nor will be provided.
- You should run Windows Updates once you have the template installed, there are next to no updates included with the templates!
Any questions? HMU.
(and before you complain that I forgot the TDN link... here it is)