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

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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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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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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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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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Is a new SID applied when sysprep-ping a Windows image or when deploying?

My organisation currently has Windows XP (yes, I know official support for it ceases in less than 24 hours) and Windows 7 system images made with Symantec Ghost 11 that we routinely deploy to ...
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Can I take a domain pc hard drive and put it in the exact same hardware and leave it as it is on the domain without running any sys prep?

I have a workstation in a domain that has failed with hardware related issues. The actual hard drive is fine and is not the issue with with the workstation. Since we have spares of these workstations, ...
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Remove Windows Server from Domain While it is Airgapped?

I am working on a scheme to clone a production, domain-joined virtual machine, bring that machine up off the network in order to prepare it to be converted to a template. One issue that comes to my ...
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What is the proper way to change the product key for Office 2010 Professional Plus?

I am trying to clone a VM. I've done sysprep successfully and all is well with my new box, except Office 2010 Professional Plus product key did not get wiped by sysprep (not too surprising), and I am ...
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WS2008R2 First run after sysprep did not prompt for new administrator password, I'm completely locked out

After running sysprep to OOBE and generalize a master disk for cloning, at first run it prompted only for language/region and a machine name, then proceeded on to the CTRL+ALT+DELETE to login screen. ...
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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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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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Win 8 - how to prepare an image so it does not run through setup?

I am preparing a Win8 image to use as base for automatic deployments in Hyper-V at the moment. It seems that whenever a sysprepped image starts, it is running through the whole setup routine - which ...
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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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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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Should you defrag before capturing an image?

If I'm capturing an image with imagex.exe /capture ..., does it matter if I defrag the hard disk prior to doing so (or strictly speaking, before sysprep)? Is there any benefit to doing so with a ...
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Upgrade from “audit mode” (pre-cloning) Windows 8 to Windows 8.1?

I have a Windows 8 in audit mode with a lot of applications installed, custom configurations done, and an answer file prepared, ready to be sysprepped for cloning. How do I upgrade to Windows 8.1, ...
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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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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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Is it possible to update syspreped parent image without affecting the child diff disk in hyper-v

This ties to the SO: Can you update a Hyper-V parent differencing disk to push updates to all children? I have setup where parent disk is the syspreped image of the OS. I have created a child VM with ...
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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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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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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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Alternatives to DriverPacks for Windows system deployment images?

I managed to prepare a Windows 7 Professional image with sysprep for deployment to a wide variety of hardware, and so far it works fairly well. It currently installs drivers upon first boot after ...
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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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Choose time zone after sysprep

Is it possible to file unattend.xml setting to be able to choose a time zone from the list? Please give me some advice My file: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <unattend ...
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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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Prevent creation of default shortcuts and Favorites in Windows XP SP3?

(1) Whenever a new user is created on a Windows XP SP3 system running Internet Explorer 8, their Favorites folder is automatically populated with a "Microsoft websites" folder and several links in the ...
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sysprep: fix “no system BCD store to be generalized”

Now that I've identified why my sysprep is failing, what do I do to fix this error? There is no system BCD store to be generalized. This image will not be bootable unless a system store is later ...
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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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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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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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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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Generalize an image without using Sysprep?

Without using sysprep, is there another way to generalize an image for use with Clonezilla? I created a sysprep image and forgot to add a few things. So when I tried to redo it, I get the failed to ...
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Sysprepping Windows Server 2012, how do I avoid plug and play drivers installed by VMware Tools being removed?

I am sysprepping Windows Server 2012 Standard to be used as a VM template. I want to preserve drivers installed by VMWare Tools such that the mouse won't lag in new installations. If I just run a ...
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Sysprep and Capture task sequence failing using MDT 2010

I have created a Windows Deployment Services server in Windows 2008 R2. When I originally set it up I was able to successfully use MDT 2010 to create my boot images as well as creating task sequences ...
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To join, or not to join [to the domain before deploying VDI]?

I've seen conflicting suggestions on VMware's documentation as well as around the Internet on a best practice for preparing linked clones for VMware View (5) deployments. Should I join the parent VM ...
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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 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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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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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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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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What is a minimal useful unattend.xml file for SysPrep on Windows 7

Could you provide a minimal unattend.xml file for use in Windows 7, which will be manually installed, updated and configured on one workstation, then SysPrep will be run like this: ...
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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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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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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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Does Running Sysprep Remove Applications Previously Installed

I have a virtualized copy of Windows Server 2008 R2 installed with some applications already installed on it (not server roles) and I would like to re-deploy it on a number of other servers across my ...
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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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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 ...