Hello together,

sorry for my bad english, iam not a native speaker.

iam building a deployment infrastructure with Puppet and Foreman for 
provisioning Windows Server on a VMWare/VSphere infrastructure. Iam still a 
Trainee and nobody who i know, has experience with Linux, Puppet, Foreman 

At the moment, i can create a new host based on a vmware template connected 
with a user_data file. Honestly, i copy the whole user_data file from 
different internet blogs and after many try&error this works fine for 
Windows Server 2012 R2. My problem is, that i really not understand how i 
can create a user_data file from scratch. I find absolutly no documentation 
who explains the concept of the user_data file. If different blogs does not 
show me examples of a user_data file for Windows Server 2012 R2, i never 
know how i can build a user_data file for Windows. I even wouldnt know a 
user_data file exists ... For example, i dont know where i can find the 
parameters for this file and i do not know how i build this file for 
different Systems (Windows Server 2008, 2012/R2, 2016...). Because my file 
does not work for Windows Server 2016 anymore.

Can anyone maybe give the right direction what i have to search? (Keywords, 
Documentation Sites). Iam really wondering how a user_data File is build. 
What is "this language", where the user_data file Parameters came from? So 
many Questions :) ..

Thanks for any help


p.s. if sb is interested what i meen with the user_data File for Windows, 
below you can see my user_data file for Windows Server 2012 R2.

  powershell = '%SystemRoot%\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe 
-ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted -NoLogo -NoProfile'
        - '%SystemRoot%\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe 
-Command "__Installation_Path_Here__"'
      autoLogon: true
      autoLogonCount: 1
        plainText: true
        value: '7$sagadmin'
      timeZone: 110
      domainAdmin: '__OUR_DOMAIN_USER__'
        plainText: true
        value: '__OUR_PASSWORD___'
      joinDomain: '__OUR_DOMAIN__'
      autoMode: 'perSeat'
      computerName: <%= @host.shortname %>
      fullName: 'IT'
      orgName: '__OUR_COMPANYNAME__'
      productId: 'D2N9P-3P6X9-2R39C-7RTCD-MDVJX'
  - adapter:
      dnsDomain: <%= @host.domain %>
        - <%= @host.subnet.dns_primary %>
        - <%= @host.subnet.gateway %>
      ip: <%= @host.ip %>
      subnetMask: <%= @host.subnet.mask %>
    - <%= @host.subnet.dns_primary %>
    - <%= @host.domain %>
  changeSID: true
  deleteAccounts: false

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