Sysprep for VSphere 4 converter
Posted on 2009-07-14
I'm very confused about running sysprep on my dell poweredge 1750, vmserver 1.0, win2k3 R2 ent SP2, virtual machine. I'm trying to convert this vm using Vsphere4 converter standalone. All goes smoothly until I get an error saying "cannot locate sysprep files in ...\svr2003"
The help util of converter tells me:
To customize the guest operating system of a virtual machine, you must save the sysprep files to the following locations on the machine where Converter Standalone server runs. %ALLUSERPROFILE%\Application Data\VMware\VMware vCenter Converter Standalone\sysprep\svr2003
When I run WindowsServer2003-KB892778-SP1-DeployTools-x86-ENU, and it asks where to extract files to and I navigate to %ALLUSERPROFILE%\Application Data\VMware\VMware vCenter Converter Standalone\sysprep\svr2003, and the error clears itself. Except this machine is SP2. Converter finishes but the vm doesn't boot on the destination. The one specified for SP2 (WindowsServer2003-KB926028-v2-x86-ENU) starts a hotfix installer and that's all (no destination for sysprep files).
Am I missing the location of the sysprep files after the fix?
Am I mistaken on how to run sysprep?
I just thought of another possible issue.
The ESX host is running 2008x64, is this is OK to run 03 vms on.
Also, I haven't install the VCenter Server yet, can I put this on the same box as a vm ('08x64)?