Citrix Provisioning Server
This post links to a fantastic YouTube video of "Ardence" in action. In action meaning that 1 server is streaming 1 OS image, real-time to 500 desktops then rebooting into a different OS. Since this was so sweet, Citrix bought Ardence and renamed it Citrix Provisioning Server. Since then I've had the pleasure of creating some really cool PVS servers and trained IT on creating images and image management.
ForensIT Profile Wizard
One of my favorite utilities, this gem will move a user's entire profile as-is into a new domain. The profile's folder structure never actually moves, Profile Wizard does some background registry magic to allow the user to login to the new domain using their existing profile. Default Windows will create a new profile when the user logs into the new domain and the profile would then be moved by hand.
1. Install and change password
2. Reboot using: Shutdown -r -t 0
3. Install hypervisor tools: D:\Setup.exe
4. Change screen resolution to 800x600
5. Change command prompt
6. Change time zone: Control timedate.cpl
7. Rename computer: netdom renamecomputer <oldname> /NewName:<newname>
8. Install Microsoft Updates
9. Create the domain controller
TechNet Evaluation Center
With the use of virtual machines taking over production environments, testing the server operating systems combined with the enterprise applications that run across these platforms is crucial for success. All Microsoft software is digitally available online for free. The software is fully functional anywhere between 30 and 180 days.