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I am trying to create multiple clones of a virtual machine. First of all, this machine is in production, I don't want this machine to be reset after sysprep.
Am I correct if I run sysprep on this machine to prepare for creating clones, it will wipe out SID and I have to reconfigure name and others? How can I avoid this so that even I prepare this virtual machine as a base image using sysprep, I don't want to make change any to it? Is it possible?

Another question is, I have multiple Dell Optiplex machines, same model. I often create a image of the specific model and restore to multiple machines with the same model, didn't have any problem or SID issue. The only reason I want to generate a unique SID with sysprep is because as I read  online, it's requirement( though I have't really used, no problem). My question is now, is it really matter to have same SIDs on multiple computers? If then, why I didn't get any trouble till now?
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Clone it once, shut it down, run sysprep on the clone, then use that syprep'ed clone as base for future clones.

As for multiple SID's, my experience has been about the same: no problems. While I do usually sysprep the images, when I forgot nothing bad happened.

Admittedly, I only run small networks (dozens, not hundreds of computers) so other people's experience might vary.

HTH,
Dan
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