Windows Developer Preview – Sysprep (System Preparation Tool)

So, again, what is SYSPREP: technology that you can use with other deployment tools to install Windows® operating systems onto new hardware. The Sysprep tool prepares a computer for disk imaging or delivery to a customer by configuring the computer to create a new computer security identifier (SID) when the computer is restarted. In addition, the Sysprep tool cleans up user-specific and computer-specific settings and data that must not be copied to a destination computer.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd744263(WS.10).aspx

Basically it means, cleaning your installation and putting fresh ID’s

I use sysprep whenever I clone a VM so when I rebuild my lab, I will have a base Hard Disk image that is clean and when used in a differencing disk will make my life easier.

This is available waaaay back XP, in Windows 7 it is still available up till today on Windows 8. It must always be run from the %WINDIR%\system32\sysprep directory

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Generalize and OOBE! Clean everything!

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Wait for it to finish.

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Will reboot automatically.

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On reboot, you may experience a newly installed OS and we may need to fillup settings.

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There, new and shiny install without installing. Using sysprep to clean user info.

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johndelizo

I'm John and in the daytime I am the Chief Technology Officer of VFTS.NET - a consulting firm that specializes on development and deployment of business solutions created with .NET framework on Windows platform and Windows infrastructure projects. I am a core member of the Philippine Windows Users Group, a contributor at the Microsoft Philippines Community forums and I regularly conduct technical sessions as well as other Microsoft technology events. I am a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional in the Cloud and Datacenter Management Technical Expertise but away from any keyboard I spend hours reading books, travel, explore, and being busy with my dog named Floppy.

2 thoughts on “Windows Developer Preview – Sysprep (System Preparation Tool)”

  1. John,
    Where will you capture the image , earlier versions of windows client o/s , you will use imagex to capture and apply image files to be deployed into virtual machines one would create using hyper-v.

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