Sysprep.exe caused error

Yesterday I configured a Windows Server 2003 Standard with SP2 and all the updates (took all day long).  I am creating this as a master to clone to about 4 other virtual servers in Hyper-V.

I ran sysprep.exe and resealed.  Copied the virtual harddrive to a new directory, and created a new virtual machine within Hyper-V.

As soon as I booted it, I got the familiar gray screen as if Windows is going through its intial setup, however I got an error message: "Setup was interrupted. Restoring prior configuration".  After about 20 minutes, Windows booted up and the software removal tool rolled back my service pack 2, and all the windows updates.  Basically it was a fresh slate.

What's up with this?  Anyone had similar problems?  I've made server images before doing the exact same thing, so why did this happen this time?

No hardware changed on my Hyper-V server.

Any input would be appreciated as this is extremely time consuming to set up a new server from scratch.
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jamorlandoAuthor Commented:
Ok, spent all day today configuring a new Server 2003.  Ran sysprep, and it works now.
Did the exact same thing I did yesterday.

Only difference is that my .vhd file is 7 gigs today and yesterday it was only 3.

So I'm led to believe that I only saved a partial copy somehow yesterday.

Very strange.  Well, sorry to have wasted your time.


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