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.

1

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

2

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

3

Click Download and save the file to your local disk.

4

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

5

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
...\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.

6

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.

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