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Copy Local Administrator profile to default user profile on Server 2008 R2

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I am deploying a Win Svr 2008 R2 OS to convert to a VM Template to save me some deployment time. I will be deploying about 30 new VM's over the next month and want to save me as much time as possible.

I have made a whole bunch of customized settings under the Local Administrator account. Before I run Sysprep and convert the VM to a template (and loose all of these customised settings), is there a way for me to copy the Local Admin profile to the Default users Profile?
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It's a bit more involved in Win7/W2k8R2 than it was in XP/W2k3 or earlier versions. Follow the description in the article linked below. Quote: "This is the only supported method of customizing the default user profile for the Windows operating system. If you try to use other methods to customize the default user profile, it may result in extraneous information being included in this new default user profile. Such extraneous information could lead to serious problems with applications and system stability."
Customize the default local user profile when preparing an image of Windows
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/973289
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