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 to customize. Microsoft has a different version of Sysprep for each release and service pack of Windows. You must use the version of Sysprep specific to the operating system that you are deploying.


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

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.


Click OK to expand the files.

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


The 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.