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Our tech team recently used a bad template to build a 2008 R2 print server. Sysprep was not run or did not run on this template and now we have issues.

This server has hundreds and hundreds of printers (700+) installed on it, they have been connecting users for 3 weeks.
Recently a tech tried to add a new user from another domain, the domain in question was built on the same vmware infrastructure from the same template is my suspicion.

So, now I have one, perhaps up to 2 domains more that cant connect properly to the new print server. Interstingly enough, the other 2 domains have no issues because they have no interaction with each other.

I have researched NewSid and have experience with it, and it will not work with this 2008R2 server at all.


Is sysprep an option here for a production level server with this many users on it? It can be done in the middle of the night, or we can cut it off completely and do it.
Thoughts an opinions?

sysprep /generalize?
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Yes IMHO you should run sysprep /oobe /generalize to reset its Sid.
All in it should not take longer then 30 minutes to complete the action.
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I am not worried about the time to completion, I am worried about the printers, there is no way I want to set back that project by 3 weeks +

Will it delete all the installed printers?
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I dont think I need OOBE its just the windows welcome stuff
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by:Patrick Bogers
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It Will delete system specifics like id. name and Sid, not applications and drivers.

You are right about oobe, i find it handy. Others can find it a bother.
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by:wlacroix
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I am working on a test in our vmware enviroment now, will test it out.
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by:Patrick Bogers
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Cool. Trusting is good, checking is better!!
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Way too many printers to go blind, and not test it out.
It took them 3 weeks to install the printers, and 2 weeks connecting users.
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by:wlacroix
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So in my test it deleted my printer, but it did not uninstall print services.

;(

Please test this out and let me know if its the same for you.
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It did not delete the print drivers though.
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How would you run sysprep?
I go into the widnows\system32 directory find the exe and click it

OOBE with the generalize checkbox, now I think its the OOBE that is causing my issues.
Thoughts?
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I could run it via command line I believe
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Its wierd, in my second test the printers were there, does it just take a few minutes to load them, perhaps I was premature?
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I think so because it has nothing to to with printers.
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I am overly paranoid that it will delete them, there is way more there than I want to enter.
Any way to backup that database ?
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I do have a veeam backup of that server I guess hehe.
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so this print server is joined to a domain already, do I have to disjoin and rejoin it?
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You can or sysprep will do it for you
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Ran sysprep last night, lost about 30 printers, mostly the ones that were created with web services ports.
We fixed them all up this am and so far things are progressing quickly.
Thank you for your help Patrick!
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