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Is it necessary to run sysprep when deploying a vm from a template using vSphere 5?
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Question by:NytroZ
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by:Jeff Lewandowski
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Check out this topic post on vmware.com - https://communities.vmware.com/message/2285155
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by:Peter Hutchison
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No, all you need to have the VM tools installed and that will not change the hardware when deploying new templates.
The only thing you need to change is the computer name when deploying a new VM, the rest can be left as is.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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Best Practices are to SYSPREP! [but it's not required, see below...]

If you follow the Microsoft recommendations for deploying ANY Windows CLONE, you should run SYSPREP, which will change the Machine SID, and also reset the Registry, so WSUS and Microsoft System Center, work correctly with the Windows OS.

If you are not bothered with WSUS, or SCM, then do not bother.

BUT, if you Deploy a VM using vCenter Server, you have the option as part of the Customization  Specification, to tick the BOX!

So why not....

also read this article, as to and Why Sysprep Matters

The Machine SID Duplication Myth (and Why Sysprep Matters)

So, yes SYSPREP!
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