Starting VM as an executable with as low overhead as possible

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Domain Controller
Virtual machine manager
Virtualization
Virtualization in 2010
VMware
Is there a solution to create a virtual machine and start it by having an executable file, that will start the machine? If possible to start as quickly as possible. Strange situation? Not at all. Read on...
Real life scenario
Since we can't have domain controller on a non-server OS it would be nice to have domain controller in an as thin as possible machine (possibly Samba or similar because we'd like to make it startup as quickly as possible - in a matter of a few seconds) packed in a single executable. We could then configure our non-server OS to run the executable when it starts and before user logs in. This would make it possible to login into a domain.
ASKED: May 20, 2010  2:49 PM
UPDATED: June 1, 2010  5:55 PM

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I would use the following:

VM-Player installed.
Script to launch the command “”[PATH]\vmplayer.exe -X [PATH]\domain_controller.vmx”
Configure this script to run as a service {http://sourceforge.net/projects/runasservice/}

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