Sysprep Vista ~ How to delete sysprep.xml file upon sysprep completion

Posted on 2007-04-09
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
I am working to setup a Vista VPC template.  I need the template to AutoJoin the domain (still trying to get this to work).  The sysprep setting responsible for doing this requires that credentials with the proper rights be added to the sysprep xml file.  This was fine in the old version because once sysprep completed the file was deleted so i never had to worry about users finding the file and discovering the account with elevated rights.  But in Vista the file is not deleted and these credetials exist in clear text.  Anyone know of a way around this?
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by:Adam Leinss
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How about kicking off a script in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce that deletes the sysprep file?

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Sounds like that would meet my needs but i don't know much about scripting, what would something like that look like?  Any suggested resources for researching such a solution?  Thanks for the reply.
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by:Adam Leinss
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Sure...just put the following in a file:
del C:\windows\sysprep\* /q
Save the file as cleanup.cmd.  Make you have a copy of the sysprep files before you run this command.  Go into regedit and drill to the location given above.  If you had the script say in C:\temp, you would make a new key (name can be anything) and make a new string value of "C:\temp\cleanup.cmd"  Now sysprep the machine.  On the very first login, it should delete the sysprep files and should only run once.  

Let me know if that works for you.
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Adam Leinss earned 500 total points
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Sorry, I thought I editted that, it should be "del C:\windows\SYSTEM32\sysprep* /q"

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Hey Aleinss,
I finally got around to trying your solution and it worked!!!  I have little to no experience with scripts so i really appreciate you taking the time to outline it for me.  A million thanks!!!
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by:Adam Leinss
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No problem.  From my reading, it appears that Microsoft assumes you will be using KMS for activation, therefore the product key security is less of an issue and thus they do not delete the sysprep directory/file anymore.  In your case, it's the credentials embedded within the sysprep file which is also a security concern.

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