Click here to Skip to main content
Click here to Skip to main content

How to Sysprep Windows 2008 Servers

By , 29 Nov 2009
Rate this:
Please Sign up or sign in to vote.

The way we use to Sysprep windows machine are changed in Windows Server 2008. I should admit that it's lot simpler and less painful to Sysprep Windows Server 2008 than any of the previous versions of Windows.

You can find complete detail about Sysprep on Sysprep for Windows Microsoft web site. In a nutshell, it allows us to re-use one of your virtual machine with new name i.e. to make cloned images on VPC or VMware etc. The Sysprep removes system specific information such as SID, reset Administrator password and reset the windows product activation.

Steps required to Sysprep Windows 2008 Servers:

  1. Run Sysprep.exe tool at the windows command prompt.

You can find Sysprer.exe at c:\Windows\System32\sysprep\sysprep.exe

  1. A System Preparation Tool 3.14 will be presented. Specify the following settings before clicking the OK button.

Sysprep Windows Server 2008

    1. Choose "Enter System Out-of-Box Experience (OOBE)" in the System Cleanup Action Setting.
    2. Check the "Generalize" check box to regenerates the computer security identifier (SID).
    3. Select "Shutdown" option for Shutdown configuration.
  1. Click "OK" to start Sysprep work.
  2. The Windows Server 2008 will be shutdown itself.

Note: If you have already copied VHD file (VPC) or VMDK file (VM Ware) for new virtual machine, then you can choose to select "Reboot" option in the Shutdown Options Settings in the Sysprep tool. Once you restart the Windows Server 2008 machine, you will see the following screen shot. After couple of minutes, you will be asked to specify Time Zone, Language and reset the admin password.

For more SharePoint article, please visit my blog site at


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)

About the Author

Syed Adnan Ahmed
Architect Version 1
Ireland Ireland
Adnan Ahmed is SharePoint Architect in Version 1(, the IT Consulting Company in Ireland and has involved with many large enterprises to help them realise real benefits of SharePoint 2007|2010.
SharePoint Architect | Blogger | IT Evangelist | MCPD SharePoint 2010 Developer| MCITP SharePoint Administrator 2010
Linked In Profile:
My Blogs:

Comments and Discussions

GeneralMy vote of 5 PinmemberMember 1028071017-Sep-13 13:31 
GeneralMy vote of 1 PinmemberDario Solera29-Nov-09 5:25 

General General    News News    Suggestion Suggestion    Question Question    Bug Bug    Answer Answer    Joke Joke    Rant Rant    Admin Admin   

Use Ctrl+Left/Right to switch messages, Ctrl+Up/Down to switch threads, Ctrl+Shift+Left/Right to switch pages.

| Advertise | Privacy | Mobile
Web02 | 2.8.140415.2 | Last Updated 29 Nov 2009
Article Copyright 2009 by Syed Adnan Ahmed
Everything else Copyright © CodeProject, 1999-2014
Terms of Use
Layout: fixed | fluid