Setting up sysprep for use with VMware in Windows Server 2003 (1014791)
When deploying a virtual machine through a vCenter Server running on Windows 2003, the customization option is not available.
This article provides information on setting up the sysprep files for use with VMware in Windows Server 2003.
This issue occurs when the subfolders within the
%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter\sysprep folder do not have the appropriate sysprep files for the version of Windows you are trying to deploy. The default directory for the sysprep files is
By default, the
ProgramData folder is a hidden folder in Windows 2003.
- Click Start > All Programs > Accessories > Windows Explorer.
- Click Organize > Folder > Search Options.
- Click the View tab.
- Select the Show hidden files and folders option and click OK.
ProgramData folder has subfolders for each of your Windows operating system. You must extract and unzip the
Deploy.cab from all the Windows installation DVD's
SUPPORT\TOOLS folder and place the files in the appropriate folder within the
Within a Windows 2003 64-bit operating system, the
\SUPPORT\TOOLS\deploy.cab file of the installation media has these files:
The subfolders within the
C:\ProgramData\VMware\Infrastructure\VirtualCenter\sysprep folder are:
If the machine to be deployed has a 64-bit version of Windows 2003, you must place the sysprep files (contents of
deploy.cab) within the