I wanted to sysprep an image of Windows Server 2008 after cloning a Windows Server 2008 VM in VMware Workstation.
Followed by a quick google to jog the memory, I found http://jameskovacs.com/2008/10/15/how-to-sysprep-windows-server-2008/
Sysprep is installed by default on Windows Server 2008.
Default location : c:\Windows\System32\sysprep\sysprep.exe
Simply run sysprep.exe
The tool pops up.
Check the “Generalize” checkbox (regenerates system SID), change the Shutdown Options to “Shutdown” or “Restart”, and click OK.
The system will go through the sysprep process and shut itself down or restart.
I was only running sysprep after a clone. So restart was ok
Use shutdown if you wan to create cloned servers afterwards by simply by creating linked servers and booting the clone.
Note the SIDs weren’t being regenerated with out the “check” in the Generalize checkbox to make that happen.