You can install the Microsoft Sysprep tools from a CD.

1

Insert the Windows operating system CD into the CD-ROM drive (often the D: drive).

2

Locate the DEPLOY.CAB file in the CD directory, \Support\Tools.

3

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

4

Extract the files to the directory appropriate to your Sysprep guest operating system.

The following Sysprep support directories were created during vCenter Server installation:

C:\ALLUSERSPROFILE\Application Data\Vmware\VMware VirtualCenter\sysprep
...\1.1\ 
...\2k\ 
...\xp\ 
...\svr2003\
...\xp-64\
...\svr2003-64\

The ALLUSERSPROFILE is usually \Documents And Settings\All Users\. This is also the location of the vpxd.cfg file.

Select the subdirectory that corresponds to your operating system.

5

Click OK to expand the files.

After you extract the files from the .cab file, you should see the following files:

...\guest\deptool.chm 
...\guest\readme.txt 
...\guest\setupcl.exe 
...\guest\setupmgr.exe 
...\guest\setupmgx.dll 
...\guest\sysprep.exe 
...\guest\unattend.doc

The guest is 2k, xp, svr2003, xp-64, or svr2003-64.

6

Repeat this procedure to extract Sysprep files for each of the Windows guest operating systems that you plan to customize using vCenter Server.

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