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Location of Sysprep Files When you Install vCenter on a Windows 2008 Server


If you need to install vCenter 4 on Windows Server 2008 and want to be able to customize non Windows 2008/Vista and later VMs (i.e Windows XP, 2003, 2000) you need to place the extracted files in a different location than you used with Windows 2003 (C:\documents and settings\all users … etc.) so that vCenter has access to the sysprep.exe files.

On Windows 2008 this location is now in C:\ProgramData\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter\sysprep


You can then extract the file to the appropriate folder and use the customization specification functionality (like this ESX 3.5 example)

There is a handy reference with download links for all versions here.

Note – as I posted previously you don’t need to worry about this if you are solely deploying Windows 2008/Vista and later VMs, as they have sysprep.exe built into the default OS build.


One response to “Location of Sysprep Files When you Install vCenter on a Windows 2008 Server

  1. Pingback: Location of sysprep files on a Windows 2008 vCentre server. « TheSaffaGeek

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