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Setting up sysprep for use with VMware in Windows Server 2003 (1014791)

Symptoms

When deploying a virtual machine through a vCenter Server running on Windows 2003, the customization option is not available.


Purpose

This article provides information on setting up the sysprep files for use with VMware in Windows Server 2003.

Resolution

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 C:\ProgramData\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter\sysprep.

By default, the ProgramData folder is a hidden folder in Windows 2003.

  1. Click Start > All Programs > Accessories > Windows Explorer.
  2. Click Organize > Folder > Search Options.
  3. Click the View tab.
  4. Select the Show hidden files and folders option and click OK.

The 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 C:\ProgramData\VMware\Infrastructure\VirtualCenter\sysprep folder.

Within a Windows 2003 64-bit operating system, the \SUPPORT\TOOLS\deploy.cab file of the installation media has these files:

  • deploy.chm
  • factory.exe
  • readme.txt
  • ref.chm
  • setupd.exe
  • setupmgr.exe
  • sysprep.exe
  • wininf_guide.doc

The subfolders within the C:\ProgramData\VMware\Infrastructure\VirtualCenter\sysprep folder are:

  • 2k
  • svr2003
  • svr2003-64
  • xp
  • xp-64

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 C:\ProgramData\VMware\Infrastructure\VirtualCenter\sysprep\srv2003-64 folder.

See Also

Update History

07/15/2011 - Added a See Also link to 1005593

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