Basic System Administration : Installing the Microsoft Sysprep Tools

Installing the Microsoft Sysprep Tools
If you plan to customize a Windows guest operating system, you must first install the Microsoft Sysprep tools on your VirtualCenter Server machine.
Microsoft includes the Sysprep tool set on the installation CD-ROM discs for Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows 2003. It also distributes Sysprep 1.1 from the Microsoft Web site. To perform a Windows customization, you must install the Sysprep tools either from your installation disc, or from the 1.1 download package.
During customization, VirtualCenter searches for the Sysprep package corresponding to your guest operating system. If the Sysprep tools are not found under the corresponding operating system directory, VirtualCenter searches in the provided \1.1 directory. If VirtualCenter does not find any Sysprep tools, the Windows virtual machine customization does not proceed.
To install the Microsoft Sysprep tools from a Microsoft Web site download
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http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/downloads/tools/sysprep/default.asp
Although the Sysprep version indicates Windows 2000, it works with both Windows XP Professional and Windows Server 2003.
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Click Next to continue.
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Click I agree to accept the terms and conditions.
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Click Download.
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Q257813_w2k_spl_x86_en.exe
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The following Sysprep support directories were created during VirtualCenter installation:
C:\<ALLUSERSPROFILE>\Application Data\Vmware\VMware VirtualCenter\sysprep
...\1.1\
...\2k\
...\xp\
...\svr2003\
where <ALLUSERSPROFILE> is usually \Documents And Settings\All Users\. This is where vpxd.cfg is also located.
Select the 1.1 subdirectory.
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Click OK to expand the files.
After you have extracted the files from Q257813_w2k_spl_x86_en.exe to the \1.1 directory, you should see:
...\1.1\docs\
...\1.1\samples\
...\1.1\tools\
...\1.1\contents.txt
To install the Microsoft Sysprep tools from the Windows operating system CD
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Locate the DEPLOY.CAB file in the CD directory, \Support\Tools.
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Open and expand the DEPLOY.CAB file, using a tool such as Winzip.exe or another tool capable of reading Microsoft CAB files.
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The following Sysprep support directories were created during VirtualCenter installation:
C:\<ALLUSERSPROFILE>\Application Data\Vmware\VMware VirtualCenter\sysprep
...\1.1\
...\2k\
...\xp\
...\svr2003\
where <ALLUSERSPROFILE> is usually \Documents And Settings\All Users\. This is where vpxd.cfg is also located.
Select the subdirectory that corresponds to your operating system.
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Click OK to expand the files.
After you have extracted the files from DEPLOY.CAB, you should see:
...\<guest>\deptool.chm
...\<guest>\readme.txt
...\<guest>\setupcl.exe
...\<guest>\setupmgr.exe
...\<guest>\setupmgx.dll
...\<guest>\sysprep.exe
...\<guest>\unattend.doc
where <guest> is either 2k, xp, or svr2003.
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Repeat this procedure to extract Sysprep files for each of the Windows guest operating systems (Windows 2000, Windows XP, or Windows 2003) you plan to customize using VirtualCenter.
You are now ready to customize a new virtual machine with a supported Windows guest operating system when you clone an existing virtual machine.