You can download and install Microsoft System Preparation tools from the Microsoft Web site.

Ensure you download the correct version for the guest operating system that you want to customize.


Open a browser window and navigate to the Microsoft Download Center.


Navigate to the page that contains the download link to the version of the tools you want.


Click Download and save the file to your local disk.


Open and expand the .cab file, using a tool such as Winzip.exe or another tool capable of reading Microsoft CAB files.


Extract the files to the provided directory.

The following System Preparation tools support directories were created during vCenter Server installation:

C:\<ALLUSERSPROFILE>\Application Data\Vmware\VMware VirtualCenter\sysprep

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.


Click OK to expand the files.

After you have extracted the files from the .cab file, you should see:


where <guest> is 2k, xp, svr2003, xp-64, or svr2003-64.

You are now ready to customize a new virtual machine with a supported Windows guest operating system when you clone an existing virtual machine.