for the ps question, you can use virtualbox-iso for a base vm, and then
virtualbox-ovf to create the next one.

have a look here. there is a link to the github project:
https://hodgkins.io/best-practices-with-packer-and-windows

Alvaro.

On Thu, Dec 1, 2016 at 2:16 PM, 'Florian' via Packer <
packer-tool@googlegroups.com> wrote:

> Hi,
>
> I have a strange issue trying to automatically install visual studio
> inside a vm with packer:
>
>         {
>             "type" : "powershell",
>             "elevated_user": "{{user `ssh_name`}}",
>             "elevated_password": "{{user `ssh_pass`}}",
>             "inline": [
>                 "NET USE S: /DELETE /YES >NUL 2>NUL",
>                 "NET USE S: \\\\host\\shared /persistent:no /YES",
>                 "while (!(Test-Path \"S:\\\")) {",
>                 "   NET USE S: /DELETE /YES >NUL 2>NUL",
>                 "   NET USE S: \\\\host\\shared /persistent:no /YES",
>                 "}",
>                 "S:",
>                 "Write-Host \"Calling Unattended VS2015 Setup - This takes
> a while ...\"",
>                 "cmd /C start /WAIT 
> s:\\iso\\windows\\vs2015\\vs_professional.exe
> /Quiet /NoRestart /NoRefresh /NoWeb /AdminFile
> s:\\vm-provisioning\\configs\\jenkins\\windows-7-64\\visual-studio-2015-professional.xml
> /Log $env:temp\\vs2015-setup.log",
>                 "Write-Host \"Exited with $lastexitcode\"",
>                 "exit 0"
>             ]
>         },
>
> I run with "PACKER_LOG=1":
>
>     virtualbox-iso: Calling Unattended VS2015 Setup - This takes a while
> ...
>     virtualbox-iso: Exited with 0
> 2016/12/01 13:57:05 ui:     virtualbox-iso: Exited with 0
> 2016/12/01 13:57:10 packer: 2016/12/01 13:57:10 [INFO] command 'powershell
> -executionpolicy bypass -file "%TEMP%\packer-elevated-shell-
> 58401290-b1c8-b157-0cd6-b29913e0a38e.ps1"' exited with code: 2
> 2016/12/01 13:57:10 packer: 2016/12/01 13:57:10 [INFO] RPC endpoint:
> Communicator ended with: 2
>
> so: why the heck it exits with code "2" ???
>
> I even explicitly set "exit 0" there?
>
> Thank you very much.
>
> Florian
>
> P.S: Is there a way to use packer in a kind of "snapshot" mode, so I dont
> have to wait 30min each time before the that provisioning step runs?
>
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