Sysprep in Windows Server 2008 R2

Sysprep has just become easier in Windows Server 2008 R2. The sysprep file is now already preinstalled by default. You can find it in Windows\System32\Sysprep.

Just launch the Sysprep application in this folder, check the Generalize check box, select Shutdown, and after the machine has shut down you can use it as a base image.

After reboot the well known Windows mini setup will start.


9 thoughts on “Sysprep in Windows Server 2008 R2”

  1. When I run this utility, it takes me to the MiniSetup screen, but somehow it never asks me for the name of my new server. Why is that? I have been loggin in afterwards and then just renaming the server.

    Do you see any issues with this method? Why does Win 2008 R2 not have the computer name box anymore and just randomly generates a server name.


  2. Yeah same question again, My sysprep works awesomely. But no matter what I try I can’t get it to prompt me on first boot for “new computer name” It just skips all of these OOBE options even though they are not tagged to skip in the XML file



  3. The reason it doesn’t ask for the new server name is that it is generalised. you can run this off to disk with ghost and then image new hardware or virtual servers and it will ask for the computer name during the setup

  4. I did sysprep to one my server 2008 r2 ent virtual server in ESXi 5.1, all it asked for was regional settings and now I can’t log in. Could you please let me know how do I log into the server? Tried old password, blank password. Much appreciate your help.

  5. The bad difference between newsid and sysprep that sysprep usage require windows clone activation…

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