You can install the Microsoft Sysprep tool from a CD.

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 DEPLOY.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.


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


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


Open and expand the DEPLOY.CAB file.


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

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.


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.