Sysprep is the name of Microsoft's System Preparation Utility for Microsoft Windows operating system deployment.

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How to sysprep SQL Server Express?

We plan to deploy Hyper-V VHD with Windows Server 2008 R2 and SQL Server 2012 Express installed to multiple hosts. From my understanding, the correct way to do this is to install SQL Server in ...
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Sysprep on an already deployed system?

I've done some digging on the site and around, and I haven't seen anything that quite addresses my problem. I have recently deployed a WSUS 3.0 SP2 hierarchy to a new data center and a pair of ...
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Is it appropriate to run Hyper-V Server on each desktop PC?

I am currently designing a rollout of Windows 7 to a shop of approximately 80-100 desks. The office is a flat network without routing between servers and desktops. There are a few Windows Server ...
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Can I still < CopyProfile > without the /Generalize arg to the default Profile?

The title is self explanatory. I had to remove the /generalize option when going from my sysprep to OOBE but that has now broken my copy profile. I have read multiple places, that /generalize is ...
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unattend.xml file and the running of SetupComplete.cmd

I have the following contents in an unattend.xml file: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend"> <settings ...
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Editing Sysprep Unattend.xml after Sysprep

I have an image of a Server 2008 R2 system which has been Sysprepped and was shutdown prior to its first boot. Now, it would seem I screwed the XML file up as it fails halfway through the Serialize ...
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Will a SQL Server client alias survive a sysprep?

I want to sysprep a Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 machine that has SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 installed (for reference, SQL Server 2008 R2 has a new sysprep feature that allows the instance to be ...
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Multicasting Windows 7 Image

I am trying to deploy some new machines with windows 7 for the first time in our computer labs. We used to use third party imaging software and then run sysprep after the image was copied(XP), but it ...
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Windows 7 Unattended install - Not really 'unattended'

I have been trying for a few days to get a correct and working Unattended.xml answerfile for Windows 7. Trying to create a completely unattended install of Windows 7 to where a tech can insert USB ...
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What does sysprep do on Win2k8 with /audit?

Windows 2008 R2 host running Hyper-V. I meant to run "sysprep /audit /reboot" on one of the virtual machines, but ended up running that on the host (doing this through 2 layers of RDP - bad idea). The ...
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Deploying XP machines fails to use Prestaged Computer Name

I have been happily deploying Windows 7 images using WDS for a few months now and everything has been working smoothly. I have prestaged the computernames in AD because one of our clients wants ...
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automatically bring up a new virtual machine using a sysprep vhd in hyper-v

i have a VHD which has been sysprepped (it was created on Hyper-V itself), and i have the answer file too generated by sysprep. now i need to bring up a new VM using Hyper-V which will use the above ...
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Sysprep answer file to minimize disk changes

I going to be creating several Hyper-V virtual machines that are virtually identical (and all running on the same hardware). In the past I've done this by building a single VM, patching & ...
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How to fix 7B stop errors when cloning Windows images to different HBA types

When Windows is installed it searches it's driver database and installs the appropriate HBA driver so the boot loader can access the drive and boot the system. When an image is taken and cloned to a ...
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Does Audit Mode Have a Time Limit

I am trying to move towards better Sysprep and image management practices, and I am trying to get me and my time to use Audit Mode when modifying the images to get rid of some nasty image problems I ...
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Reboot loop after sysprep of AD machine

Major screw-up here and I need to find out how much trouble I am in. I have an AD machine that is running Server 2008 R2, hyperv, DHCP and DNS. On the hyperv machine, I have a backup AD instance ...
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Accidental sysprep of AD machine

Major screw-up here and I need to find out how much trouble I am in. I have an AD machine that is running Server 2008 R2, hyperv, DHCP and DNS. On the hyperv machine, I have a backup AD instance ...
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ESX + Sysprep.inf + Template= unhappy computername

I am trying to create a template in ESX that I can automate with PowerCLI. Everything works great so far, but because I have some specific settings, I had to create my own sysprep.inf. Now, the ...
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Disable Security Center on SYSPREP-ed Windows XP

I am deploying Windows XP SP3 images in a stand-alone environment using SYSPREP. I am updating an existing image with patches, drivers, etc. Although my first images never launched Windows Security ...
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VMware Sysprep with Custom Unattended.xml

I was looking into using VCenter for deploying VMs and wanted to take advantage of the built-in template features and the ability to make use of unattended.xml files. I have a Windows 7 template that ...
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Sysprep vs cloning or a mixture of the two?

I have fifty computers (not the same) and the boss wants a new identical Windows 7 image on all of them. Unfortunately it's not just a Windows 7 / Office 2010 image but one with a load of other ...
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SharePoint crashed after sysprep

We have a Windows Server 2008 R2 machine that ends up being replicated multiple times a week for development purposes. Each time the server is replicated, the machine name changes. This completely ...
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Sysprep fails when using Microsoft Virtual Machine Manager

Sysprep Fails when creating a new Template in Microsoft Virtual Machine Manager: Error (706) Sysprep failed for virtual machine VMName Recommended Action Try the operation again. Is there a ...
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How to use sysprep for a vhd

We have a vhd copy of physical a windows vista machine. Since we don't want to touch the physical machine, we like to run sysprep on the vhd. Unfortunately this vhd does not boot on hyper-v. Is there ...
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Does doing sysprep too many times cause issues?

I've been told that one should not sysprep a Windows image too many times... kinda like using a Nuralizer too many times on one person :) Can anyone provide additional information on this? We like to ...
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Sysprep system started up

We sysprep'd our newest xp install and restarted to image it. Our tech missed getting it to boot into the usb drive for imaging. Is there anyway to leave the install now without it giving a bootup ...
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Joining an Active Directory domain in the middle of a sysprep auditing?

Is it possible to sysprep a Windows 7 image by installing it on a reference machine, then after entering audit mode, joining the computer to the domain. Then after I finish sysprepping, it will ...
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Can't re-image laptop, “Windows Setup could not configure Windows to run on this computer's hardware”

A user's laptop (Lenovo W520) was having strange issues (could not open mspaint, among other things, other apps crashing a lot), and it is only 2 months old. After chkdsk and Lenovo diagnostics CD (a ...
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Windows 7 Sysprep Default User

I seem to be having a problem with implementing my sysprep. I have been playing with Windows 7, WAIK, Server 2008 R2 and various other things. I managed to create a WIM with everything I need ...
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Sysprep rearm set to 1 and shouldn't have been. Any workarounds for automatic activation prior to the 30 day period?

I work for a fairly large school. We are deploying 850 tablet PCs to students starting tomorrow (Windows 7 Enterprise with a MAK). We have imaged all of these machines with our standard student image ...
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sysprep'd Server 2008 R2 VMware autocheck BSODs

I'm trying to set up a template Server 2k8 R2 (Standard) VM in our VMware ESXi environment, we'll need to deploy a whole lot of them and I want to (a) streamline and (b) standardise the server build ...
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Windows Server 2008 R2 - Remove Product Key to Force Reactivation after Deployment

I have a VM configured with internal software that needs to be sent to an outside party for evaluation. As it stands, the user who configured it also activated the software with a company issued MSDN ...
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Sysprep question

I want to move a VHD I have on my Hyper-V server to another Hyper-V server I am setting up. For this to happen, does the VHD need to be sysprepped? Furthermore, I am downloading an OVF of a VM I have ...
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Creating Windows 7 Images

Image creation on Windows 7 seems slightly different than what we used to do with Windows XP. Under Windows XP, I used sysprep to generalize the system (get rid of device-dependent stuff), reboot on ...
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Windows 7 disk backup and clone for deployment to multiple systems

I'm in the process of deploying some new PCs (there's only 8), all identical hardware. What I'd like to do is install Windows 7 (64bit), join to domain etc, install a bunch of other software, and then ...
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Determine WIM's Sysprep State

I'm looking for a/the way to tell if a given WIM was captured from a machine that was sysprep'd with the (equivalent of the) /generalize parameter. Interested in Server 2003 R2 as the source ...
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SysPrep'ing a cloned AD member server

We had a request to clone a Windows 2008 R2 virtual server that's already a member of Active Directory. Obviously we have no way to remove this server gracefully to reset it to standalone mode from AD ...
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Are there cumulative driver additions from repeated syspreps on different PCs?

e.g. I have a master PC, install drivers and sysprep and take image. On PC 2 I installed that image, update any drivers, sysprep and take image. Move to PC 3, install the image, update drivers, ...
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Sysprep Automatic computer name

I'd like to sysprep to give an automatic name to each new computer, but not fully automatic. I'd like it to be "Client1", "Client2" and so on. Is it possible? Thanks.
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Windows 2008 R2 Pre-Activated Template (SYSPREP)

I am trying to configure a template image for Windows 2008 R2 that is pre-activated. I have read through numerous sources that say to use the Microsoft-Windows-Security-SPP\SkipRearm option, however ...
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Creating WINPE boot disc for IA64 architecture

Following the steps in the Windows Deployment Services getting started guide to create bootable media. After running Copype.cmd ia64 c:\winpe there is no equivalent of etfsboot.com in the ...
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Prepare Windows OS image in virtual environment and deploy to real environment

I need to prepare some OS typical configurations for my office I wonder, if it is possible to configure Windows OS (likely 7) in virtual machine, then do a Sysprep, and then deploy it on physical ...
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Sysprep unattended join with Win7/S2008R2 failing

This started out as an issue trying to deploy out VM's through VMWare vCenter - they previously were working flawlessly and then after I applied a few Windows updates they stopped working so ...
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Is it possible to restore a backup of a physical machine to a machine with disparate hardware?

I have seen some backup software advertise the ability to restore an image of a physical machine to completely different hardware. Is this really possible? Also, is this easily done with sysprep? ...
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Forcing Windows 2008 Server sysprep to ask for a new product key

I'm trying to create a Windows Server 2008 Image that will prompt for a new product ID on startup. Is there a way to force 'sysprep' to clear the current product key and require the user to enter a ...
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Duplicate name on server after running sysprepped image

Hello we are currently rolling out over 300 new machines with windows 7. I have created an image of the models we are using and sysprep has run perfectly and there is random name generated for each ...
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How can I sysprep a VMware image and retain my additional hard drive

I am creating a base VM as the start of what I hope to be a VM tree of all the machine configurations that I regularly use. On this base machine I have a small system drive of 10GB and a larger data ...
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Virtual PC duplication process

This is the process I use for duplicating a Virtual PC (on Windows 7): 1 - Create a new VPC. 2 - Install Windows 7 on the new VPC. 3 - Configure the new Windows 7 installation (install Windows ...
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Is ImageX needed after a Sysprep when preparing Virtual PC's for duplication?

I have researched this question and there seems to be two methods: 1) Run Sysprep, and 2) Run Sysprep followed by ImageX (this is what Microsoft says should be done). What does ImageX do and any ...
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Windows 7 deployment thru WDS

I am deploying new systems on my network and I built my reference computer by installing the OS the manufacturers (Dell and a custom built system from some local business) gave with all drivers, ...