Although this tool can be used on win2000 and above systems, in fact, the support for win xp is not very good, and it will cause various unforeseen minor problems. If i remove the microsoftwindowsunattendedjoin section, it seems to work fine kind of. Learn how to use sysprep for windows 7 and windows server 2008 r2. When i was lead author of the team that wrote the windows 7 resource kit for microsoft press, we made sure that we devoted almost a quarter of our almost 1,800 page book to the topic of creating, preparing, deploying, and maintaining windows images using such tools as the builtin. If you do not run sysprep, you can quickly run in to problems when uniquely identifying information about your source machine is duplicated across the. Issues trying to sysprep a windows 2008 r2 server fatal.
After you perform the initial setup steps on a single computer, you can run the sysprep tool to prepare the sample computer for cloning. Sysprep is a critical step to deploying new system images both for client computers and servers. The process has changed significantly since previous versions of windows. System preparation tool for windows server 2003 service pack 2 deployment x64 as with previous windows server 2003 releases, administrators intending to deploy windows server 2003 service pack 2 may want to use this tool.
How to change windows 2008 r2s sid step by step guide. Customize the default user profile by using copyprofile. How to sysprep sysprep is a great and powerful tool and. Windows server 2008 r2 standard x64 volume license edition. Leave a reply if you are building a windows server 2012 lab for testing and want to remove unique information from the server so you can replicate it rather than run through the install multiple times use sysprep. Nov 29, 2009 the way we use to sysprep windows machine are changed in windows server 2008. I am having trouble using sysprep with an unattended. Sysprep is a critical step to deploying new system images both for. Using sysprep, cloning and imaging of saninstalled systems.
If you have virtual machine vm instances running on windows server 2008 r2, you can upgrade them to windows server 2012 r2. Yesterday i was asked by an it guy if the use of newsid. Windows 2012 r2 sysprep with unattended answer file virtual. You can now create cloned servers to your hearts content simply by. So what i ended up doing, is using the built in sysprep tool in windows server 2008 build, located c. I renewed my lab and installed one windows server 2012 r2 in a vm. You can find complete detail about sysprep on sysprep for windows microsoft web site. Well, what he didnt know, is that newsid is old history now even the download is no more available and that a new wonderful switch in the sysprep utility is born to make the job of generalizing your master vm become a breeze.
To avoid this issue in the future, deploy a windows vms from a template where sysprep has been used to strip the sid and where windows will prompt for new settings on the next boot. I eventually narrowed it down to sysprep, specifically when i tell it to unattend join the domain. Microsoft windows server 2003 sp1 and windows server 2003 sp2 include an updated version of the system preparation tool sysprep. It saves a lot of time for businesses to quickly deploy large numbers of computers. Jun 24, 2011 so what i ended up doing, is using the built in sysprep tool in windows server 2008 build, located c. Technet basic sysprep unattend xml file for windows server 2012r2. Step 1 click to startrun, type sysprep and press ok. Creating an activated windows server 2008 r2 vmware template. How to build a vmware vsphere vm template for windows server. But most importantly, you appear to have missed the very last paragraph of that article. How to sysprep in windows server 2008 r2 and windows 7. How to sysprep windows server 2016 the it and devops blog.
We actually have a post that you can refer to for details. The following are steps how to change windows 2008 r2 s sid by sysprep. I am using the sysprep utility that was installed on the server. Oct 03, 2012 to sysprep windows server 20102, install the server os and make all the configuration necessary for the image, in my case i have install vmware tools, disabled the firewall and enabled remote desktop. We do all our customization on the administrator profile on the image, now in windows 2008 r2, you cannot simply copy the admin profile to the default profile, instead you need to use this a method which calls sysprep. Windows linux system administration exchange active directory scripting powershell 2010 mail andriod windows phone 7 winpe hyperv hyperv android office 365 azure 365 windows server 2008 r2 unattended sysprep xml godunders site. There are plenty of tools to do that these days ghost, acronis, platespin for p2v conversions, etc. I cannot seem to get sysprep to work on windows 2003 r2 sp2. What i want also to point out is that this guide is written for windows 2008 r2 standard. The windows registry is essentially a database of configuration information for windows. Sysprep does more than just run newsid and is still considered best practice for imaging. I also have some security settings in my answer file. Log in to windows vm from start menu run type sysprep. How to run sysprep on windows server 2008 r2 plexuk.
Dear all, in order to have vm template for win 2008 r2, i created a standard config. Sysprep has been the goto utility for a long time for preparing windows images for deployment. When using sysprep on windows 2012r2, with nutanix ce, ahv and prism, this is all pretty quick and simple. I promoted the first to a domain controller and tried to domainjoin the second and the third. The windows server 2003 sp1 system preparation tool enables administrators to prepare windows server 2003 system images as part of an automated. Cloning windows server 2008 r2 use sysprep no more newsid. My machine has 4 hard drive disks and i want the letters to be c, d, l, and t. Sysprep on windows server 2008 r2 template marvista sep 18, 20 3. How to sysprep a windows 10 virtual machine for hyperv or. Ive created a 2008r2 standard template, activated it, and prepped it as. Server 2008 r2 sysprep is included, we dont need to include the files into vmwares vcenter directories. Steps by steps how to run sysprep on window server 2008 r2. I clicked oobe and shutdown option i selected quit and i rebooted my machine manually. It works the best when deploying the vhd to a different vm with a matching hardware profile.
For more information, see best practices for authoring answer files and unattended windows setup reference. If you do this, you just lost your template, unless you had taken a snapshot. I went to the installation dvd and couldnt find sysprep. Hi, i already use the method mentioned into tenfourms about coping the profile using sysprep and the customize. I ran the tool, and set it to enter system outofbox experienceoobe and set the shutdown options to shutdown. Since sysinternals retired newsid, it cannot work any more. How to sysprep in windows vista and windows server 2008. How to use sysprep to generalize windows server 2012 r2. For the smaller environments who may be looking at virtualisation and dont want to pay for virtualisation and the annual fees that come with it, or dont want to consume lots of disk space hosting hyperv.
Click on the sysprep icon and select enter system outofbox experience oobe. I was going sysprep a base image of windows server 2008 this morning and followed my own instructions on sysprepping windows. Sysprep for windows server 2012 windows server 2012 r2. The system will go through the sysprep process and shut itself down. I thought id document how to setup the new sysprep process equivalent on windows 2008 since the old setupmgr file for making fs doesnt exist anymore and neither does f. Basic sysprep unattend xml file for windows server 2012r2 when sysprep a server and uing an unattended xml to avoid the first screens you often want to get started quickly so i post here a sample clean and mean unattended xml to get you started.
Manually using sysprep in windows 2012 vms and templates. While its stated that it works for vhd in hyperv environment, it should also work with vmware as well. I type sysprep from the run command which takes me to c. If you do not run sysprep, you can quickly run in to problems when uniquely identifying information about your source machine is duplicated across the network. Hi, i am having trouble using sysprep with an unattended. How to change a sid in windows 2008 r2 nutanix ahv artur. The info bar in the program idenitifies it as system prepartion tool 3. Nov 06, 2014 yesterday i was asked by an it guy if the use of newsid. After the reference computer shuts down, you can boot to windows pe on the same computer, and capture the windows installation with imagex. This way the vm gets turned off, and the next time its powered up it goes into oobe startup.
To deploy a windows image to different pcs, you have to first generalize the image to remove computerspecific information such as installed drivers and the computer security identifier sid. San install for windows server 2008 r2 hosts oracle docs. Nutanix, ahv and prism provide a very cohesive platform to use. I should admit that its lot simpler and less painful to. Upon reboot, sysprep will run its commands and you will have a new system. Using sysprep on windows 2012r2 and acropolis mirrorsphere. A fatal error occurred error message when you run the. Windows server 2008 r2 unattended sysprep xml godunders site. The windows server 2003 sp1 system preparation tool enables administrators to prepare windows server. Download system preparation tool for windows server 2003. After windows starts, you should be able to successfully add it to the ad domain. Once sysprep has completed the generalization and shutdown the vm, you can. Windows server 2008 2008r2 core windows server 2012.
Use sysprep to create images of windows server 2012 for vms. I should admit that its lot simpler and less painful to sysprep windows server 2008 than any of the previous versions of windows. To sysprep windows server 20102, install the server os and make all the configuration necessary for the image, in my case i have install vmware tools, disabled the firewall and enabled remote desktop. Sysprep generalize a windows installation microsoft docs. On a single system image, you can run sysprep up to 8 times. Solved vmware template server 2008 r2 sysprep necessary. Windows 2012 r2 sysprep with unattended answer file. After sysprep finishes running and the system shuts down, it is mandatory not to restart the server. Ive been experimenting with creating a good windows server 2008 r2. Sysprep is a tool that is designed for system administrators, original equipment manufacturers oems, and others who must automatically deploy an operating system on multiple computers.
Ive downloaded multiple version from microsofts website. Whenever i simply try to let sysprep complete, it errors out. Microsoft does not support the use of sysprep to create images of an installation that has been upgraded sp installation is not considered to be an upgrade. Sysprep on windows server 2008 r2 template vmware communities. Sysprep windows 2008 r2 just wasted a day of my time troubleshooting an issue that was tracked back to being an issue with the sysprep image of windows server 2008 r2 that i was using basically it hadnt been sysprepd in the correct manner. Learn how to use sysprep for windows vista and windows server 2008. The above steps also work with sysprep in windows 7. To sysprep windows server 2016, log in to a windows server 2016 server and go to. Windows server 2008 r2 unattended sysprep xml godunders. Select the settings as seen below, use reboot if you need to boot the server to a capture image. The way we use to sysprep windows machine are changed in windows server 2008.
Cloning windows server 2008 r2 use sysprep no more newsid posted on 30 jul 2010 by ray heffer. Feb 11, 2015 basic sysprep unattend xml file for windows server 2012r2 when sysprep a server and uing an unattended xml to avoid the first screens you often want to get started quickly so i post here a sample clean and mean unattended xml to get you started. To use sysprep, specific informations on a system like sid are removed, and its possible to configure new windows settings. Use shutdown if using it as a cloned virtual machine. Jul 30, 2010 cloning windows server 2008 r2 use sysprep no more newsid posted on 30 jul 2010 by ray heffer. Performing an inplace upgrade of windows server 2008 r2. This issue occurs when the virtual machine is running windows vista, windows server 2008, windows 7, or windows server 2008 r2. Fixes an issue in which you cannot run the sysprep command on a vmware virtual machine. The new vmmode method for generalizing a windows 8 or server 2012 installation only works from inside a virtual machine. It fails 9 times out of 10, and i cant figure out what specifically makes it failwork. This article will show you how to sysprep a windows server 2012, this is a big time saver when deploying virtual machines. I have a refurbished gateway that seems to be stuck in some sort of initial setup sysprep loop.
The sysprep tool is installed with windows by default, and is located in the following location, c. The generalize option tells sysprep to remove systemspecific data from the windows installations. How to sysprep windows server 2008 james kovacs weblog. For imagedeployed windows, it has to change its sid. Copy the xml somwhere in your image and run sysprepin c. Creating templates and deploying virtual machines from the vsphere web client duration. It prompted me to change password when i entered my old password it said access denied. This failed saying that the sid is the same as that of the domain controller. I am using 2008r2 enterprise and changed the line to reflect that. Mar 20, 2018 for example, in windows 7 you could use sysprep to remove computerspecific and operating systemspecific installation data from windows 7, configure windows 7 to boot in audit mode, configure windows 7 to boot to the windows welcome screen, or reset windows product activation wpa on the system up to three times.1253 800 1147 1505 1144 1256 988 1510 847 848 722 394 1480 399 622 1390 30 1178 687 1176 1510 1449 512 595 558 28 1251 211 730 695 121 1180 1434 861 193 302 1243