trying to deploy a virutal desktop from a template but cannot get it to assign a static IP, VMWare 5.5

I work in a VMware 5.5 environment. I am trying to deploy Windows 10 workstations from a preconfigured template. The process seems to go properly. I start the process and select a Host, then Storage, then I click "Customize using existing customization specification", select the proper network, I get prompted for "NIC1" and I enter my IP in the proper subnet. I "Edit virtual hardware" and confirm my network label is correct, memory and drive size are correct, apply recommendations and it appears to go but I the IP address and network information never get assigned, nor does it ever rename itself or join our domain. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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ITSysTechSenior Systems AdministratorCommented:
Does your preconfigured template have the latest version of VMware tools?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
This sometimes can be an issue with using Customization specification....

Try and create a NEW Customization specification, do not use an existing Customization specification.

You should be able to observe the VM reboot, and Apply the Answer file, after the VM has been started, this can take up to 5 minutes after the VM has been started.

also note, that Windows 10, does also have issues being Sysprepped if you have logged in as other Domain users, e.g. any user other than Local Administrator, because it can download other applications like e.g. CandyCrushSaga, and these applications prevent it being Sysprepped.

So...make sure you Windows 10 VM, is correct as a golden master.

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