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.

1

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

2

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

3

Open and expand the DEPLOY.CAB file.

4

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
...\1.1\ 
...\2k\ 
...\xp\ 
...\svr2003\
...\xp-64\
...\svr2003-64\
5

Select the subdirectory that corresponds to your operating system.

6

Click OK to expand the files.

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

7

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.