Certain tasks must be performed before running the Guest Customization wizard.

You must perform the following tasks before running the Guest Customization wizard.

Create and configure a virtual machine.

Make sure that the virtual machine is registered in the vCenter Server inventory.

Verify that your system meets the virtual hardware requirements for guest customization listed in Virtual Hardware Requirements for Guest Customization.

Verify that your system meets the operating system requirements for guest customization listed in Windows Requirements for Guest Customization and Linux Requirements for Guest Customization.

Understand the naming requirements for a guest operating system as described in Naming Requirements for a Guest Operating System.

If you are customizing a Windows guest operating system, verify that all required components are installed on the Windows machine where vCenter Server is installed.

Note

After deploying and customizing nonvolume-licensed versions of Windows XP or Windows 2003, you might need to reactivate your Microsoft operating system on the new virtual machine.