You can download and install the Microsoft Sysprep tool from the Microsoft Web site.

Verify that 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.

The ALLUSERSPROFILE location is usually \Documents And Settings\All Users\. This is also the location of the vpxd.cfg file. On Windows 2008, the file location is C:\ProgramData\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter\sysprep\.

For the VMware vCenter Server Appliance, extract the contents of the .cab file for the Sysprep Tool version you downloaded to /etc/vmware-vpx/sysprep. For example, /etc/vmware-vpx/sysprep/2k, /etc/vmware-vpx/sysprep/xp. The vpx daemon process must have read permission on the files.


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 Sysprep tools that you want.


Click Download and save the file to your local disk.


Open and expand the .cab file.


Extract the files to the provided directory.

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

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

Select the subdirectory that corresponds to your operating system.


Click OK to expand the files.

The contents of the .cab file vary, depending on the operating system.

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