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

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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 c:\winpe\iso\...
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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, ...
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What does audit mode in Sysprep do? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is the audit mode of SYSPREP practically useful in Windows deployment? The MS docs say when you should use it, and for what, but I can't find any description of what going ...
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Windows 7 Pro sysprep not working

I'm trying to sysprep a Windows 7 Professional machine, prior to grabbing an image for mass deployment on identical hardware, and am having a hard time getting sysprep to work (at all). I've created ...
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What does sysprep with the generalize option do on Windows Server 2008 R2?

I want to create a template of Windows Server 2008 R2 for virtualization. Therefore I use the sysprep tool by Microsoft. This works fine. I just wonder what the generalize option is good for. Thanks
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Can you “swap” the Sysprep answer file in Windows 7

I have a load of new Lenovo laptops which I am due to distribute in my company. We are distributed in multiple locations and I want to ship the laptops "boxed" and untouched by IT hand for ...
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Sysprep failling after reboot into OOBE

I'm trying to configure an image for deployment to other machines. I've configured the machine, then I run sysprep, choose generalize and OOBE. Sysprep does its thing, then reboots. Then when 'setup ...
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Sysprep without audit mode?

In preparing a (windows 7) machine for cloning, does one need to run it in audit mode before installing/customising? I have a customised machine I would like to sysprep and clone, without having to re-...
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Sysprep on Windows 7 for a non-windows admin?

I'm needing to use sysprep to deploy some Windows 7 machines. I can't find any resources that explain this very easily. In particular, I've loaded all of the programs I want for the image onto a ...
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Automatically set drive letters after SysPrep

After syspreping a machine all drive letters are reassigned. How do I prevent this from happening or automatically reasign drive letters after sysprep?
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How to preserve sysprep from changing Default User settings

I'm having diffculties configuring 20 new Dell Vostro minis here. I set up one of them with my preferred OS, applications and settings, especially the Visual Effects Settings of Windows XP. I set them ...
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Moving Vmware Workstation VM to another host causes reactivation

I need to find a solution for developers using virtual environments with VMWare Workstation 7. We develop in different and incompatible environments. Presently almost a week is lost when modifying a ...
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Where can I find a beginner's guide to using sysprep for deploying Windows 7?

I am new to Windows 7, but want to deploy it in a Netware (read: no Active Directory, no domain, etc.) environment. I have used Novell Zenworks for imaging and deploying Windows XP in the past, and ...
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sysprep for Windows 2003 R2 SP2

I cannot seem to get sysprep to work on Windows 2003 R2 SP2. I've downloaded multiple version from Microsoft's website. This doesn't appear to update anything: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...
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Using VMWare Converter to clone a Win7 VM

I have a win7 VM running in VMWare Server that I built from scratch. I wanted to use this VM as a baseline and use Converter to clone it. However while using the Converter tool, it says it can't find ...
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SYSPREP Windows 7 After language bar install

I had a sysprep file that worked fine with windows 7 ent. However I installed chinese simplified and now after the sysprep runs it comes up with a box to choose english or chinese. I have it set to ...
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Is the audit mode of SYSPREP practically useful in Windows deployment?

Supposedly, using the audit mode in sysprep allows you to maintain fewer images, as you can customize a base image (during audit mode passes) for the various departments or user roles you might have ...
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How do I provide sysprep a list of servernames and IPs

I would like to have sysprep make a call out to a server somewhere (SCCM, MDT, etc) that provides an answer during bootup to get the computer name and IP address to use. Any pointers on which ...
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Can I sysprep a bootable VHD without using any virtualization technology?

I booted from a VHD on my laptop and hoped to sysprep this image, but it didn't let me do it. I got a fatal error during the process. I used the following command: sysprep /generalize /shutdown. My ...
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How do I force Windows Server 2008 WAIK/SYSPREP to ask for the computer name?

I'm trying to generate an answer using the Windows Automated Installation Kit that will allow me to SYSPREP a machine image to: Automatically set the Product Key Automatically set the Timezone ...
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When using the Windows Automated Installation Kit do I need install.wim?

I've prepared an unattended install answer file using the Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) so I can sysprep a Windows 2008 image. This obviously required install.wim from the Windows source ...
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What happens if you don't sysprep an image?

I've been researching WDS and other imaging tools, and the best practice seems to be to sysprep the master machine before imaging. However, where I've been working they simply build a machine then ...
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NewSid program for linux?

i was reading this question http://serverfault.com/questions/62993/how-to-rename-machines-after-image-install and I was wondering what you do for a linux machine. I am a windows guy and am clueless ...
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Are there any known issues with NewSID and Windows 2008 server? [duplicate]

We have a scenario where it's not possible for us to use Sysprep with Windows 2008. Has anyone had any issues using NewSID to generate new SID's on cloned Windows 2008 images? Update: According to ...