Unable to run Sysprep on Server 2003 R2
Posted on 2007-11-21
I'm trying to run Sysprep on my Server 2003 Std R2 SP2 x86 installation.
I've extracted deploy.cab from the CD to C:\Sysprep on the server. When I try to run sysprep.exe I get the following error:
"System Preparation Tool 2.0
Setupcl.exe is not present.
Sysprep cannot run on this system."
I have downloaded the updated Sysprep tools as noted in MS KB926028. However this just seems to install a hotfix and doesn't seem to provide a place to extract any new deployment tools.
Assuming it updated deploy.cab in the system folder I extracted deploy.cab from the system folder to c:\Sysprep, but setupcl.exe gives the same error.
So I reinstalled the hotfix and after the hotfix extracted its temp files I was able to extract C:\e2cb04ea3b059cd152344d\SP2QFE\deploy.cab to c:\Sysprep. However running setupcl.exe from these new files also gave the same error.
I have tried running sysprep.exe from the command line and it does the same thing. If I run the same copy of sysprep.exe on a Windows XP installation it runs fine. It also runs OK on a Windows Server 2003 SP2 installation.
It appears to be a version problem but I can't find a version that will run on R2 server.