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Imaging a Mac with Fusion

Our school bought the Dell Kace 2000 box that we wanted to use to push installation images to both our PC's and Macs.  We were advised that for the Mac it would be best if we used VMware Fusion rather then attempting to use with a bootcamped system.  The tech stated that we fusion we would not need to sysprep the Windows install.  I thought this was strange due to the security identifier, just needed another opinion.  Is it necessary to run sysprep or can we just log into the fusion installation and just change the name?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Sysprep is the recommending method of changing a Windows image, if you have applicatiuons that use the Unique SID, otherwise changing the name of the workstation and ip address will be sufficient.
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hanccocka - I was not aware that particular apps used the SID (led a sheltered life), what type of apps might this be?  Thank you for your fast response by the way!
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
for example, in the VMware View deployment process of many VDI workstations, there are two options for deployment Quickprep (which doesn't change the SID of the Workstation, so many use this option if they don't have applications that require a unique SID). Quickprep just changes the Machines Name.

If organisations have an application that requires the use of a Unique SID they use Sysprep.

Have a read of this article, The Machine SID Duplication Myth (and Why Sysprep Matters) by respected Mark Russinovich, which explains the very same.


http://blogs.technet.com/b/markrussinovich/archive/2009/11/03/3291024.aspx

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
well, very few apps use the SID, that's the point, have a read of Marks' article. There is one I know of Microsoft Systems Manager.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
oh and Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), so Microsoft’s support policy will still require cloned systems to be made unique with Sysprep.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
this is the server version, not general Windows Updates from Microsoft.
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