VMWare VM and SysPrep

JOSHUABT
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Hello,

There are multiple VMs running in VMWare ESXi 4.0 and a new VM needs be created with Windows 2003 R2 SP2.
Instead of creating a new .vmdk, I want to use a template .vmdk file with the same OS that I saved earlier.
Do I have to run SysPrep to avoid duplicate SIPs?

Thank you for your help.
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Top Expert 2010

Commented:
Yes you do. You can download the sysprep files from the deploy.cab file on the W2K3 CD/DVD.

~coolsport00
Top Expert 2010

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"Joshuabt"...was this sufficient for you?

Thanks.
~coolsport00

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Hello, coolsport00
Thank you for your response and sorry for late response on my end.
If I want to keep the .vmdk as a master drive ( template ) so that I don't have to run SysPrep everytime I create a VM from a cloned copy of this drive, what parameter do I have provide?

Thanks,
Top Expert 2010
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You can't make a template in ESXi. One of ESXi's several limitations. The only way to do kind of what you want is to 'convert' your VM using Converter Standalone tool, which can run sysprep as part of the conversion process. ESX/vCenter have template capability. IF you want a 'master' VM, just create it to be the way you want it, install all updates and "base" apps (A/V, Reader, etc.), then power it down. That's the only way to have a 'template' VM in ESXi.

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Thank you, CoolSport00.

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