The other day I tweeted a short bit of code on how to automate the zeroing-out of your VDI images using SDelete:
I got quite a few DMs afterwards asking if it was possible to do the same with VMware’s OS Optimization Tool.
So without further ado, here’s the code I use as the last step in my Packer builds before closing them down for svMotioning:
Please remember to swap out your web server and to specify your own XML file. You could also YOLO it and use one of the built-in templates…
…but don’t be surprised when you cripple half your apps 🙂
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