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VMware Virtual Machine Reset

Hello Experts,

Can some let me know if there is a way to completely wipe the configuration information on a VMware Virtual Client?

I have tried Power > Reset but the when the VM boots back it still has the same configuration details.

Cheers
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Neil RussellTechnical Development LeadCommented:
What do you mean by configuration details?
Reset is the same as pulling the mains lead out of the back of a PC and then plugging it back in again.  Thats what a reset is.

What did you expect it to do?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If you WANT to RESET, the VM

1. Right CLICK DELETE IT!

OR

You will need to Format it, like you would a physical computer.

RESET, in that context means, you have pushed the Reset Button on the Computer, like the Reset Switch on a Physical PC does, it resets the PC,  

e.g. WARM REBOOT = Reset

COLD REBOOT = Remove Powered from PC!

This does not WIPE/Restore the Factory Defaults your PC!

Right Click, DELETE, erases it!
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Carlos IjalbaIT Systems CoordinatorCommented:
I you mean wipe out the VMs config as in the OS details like hostname, network cfg, etc, then you would have to use an OS utility like for windows sysprep.
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Hi Carlos,

That sounds like the thing I need.

Do you know where I can find such a utility?

Regards
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Sysprep is included with Windows 2012.

older versions of Syprep are available as downloads from Microsoft, you will need Sysprep for each OS type.

Sysprep is usually used on CLONEs of Windows OS.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/302577

What is normally done, is a Virtual Machine Template is created, all patches applied.

and then VMs are Deployed from templates, when finished with they are destroyed. As part of the deployment process, Sysprep can be run, machines joined to the domain, names, network information added.

This is what vCenter Server Management Server can do.
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Cheers
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