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Unable to bring up the VM after sysprep.

I have a Windows 2012 server running in a ESXi 7 environment.  I clone the server in vCenter, disconnect the cloned server from the network, power it up and do sysprep. 

I select the generalize and shut option in sysprep.  The VM was shut after sysprep. 

When I power on the VM, I am seeing this error:

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Can you repeat the operation, e.g. Clone the VM in vCenter, and then use Sysprep again as before.

Do you get the same error ? and if you proceed Click OKay and restart is it just a loop ?

Have many times have you run Sysprep on this VM ?

You may need to inspect the Sysprep logs.

The method that you are using may not be supported,

What are you trying to do ?

e.g. what not just deploy a new Windows 2012 R2 Server Master, Update with all security patches, add VMXNET3 interface, remove E1000 interface, install VMware Tools, Sysprep and Shutdown.

This is the supported method of creating a Template.

Deploy VM from template, it's possible something in the VM, is causing a Sysprep issue, could be an application etc
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