You can install the Microsoft Sysprep tool from a CD.

The vCenter Server installer creates a Sysprep directory in ALLUSERSPROFILE. The ALLUSERSPROFILE location is usually \Documents and Settings\All Users\. The vpxd.cfg file is also in this location. On Windows 2008, the file location is C:\ProgramData\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter\sysprep\.


  1. Insert the Windows operating system CD into the CD-ROM drive, often the D: drive.
  2. Locate the DEPLOY.CAB file in the \Support\Tools directory on the CD.
  3. Open and expand the DEPLOY.CAB file.
    The contents of the .cab file vary, depending on the operating system.
  4. Extract the files to the directory appropriate for your guest operating system.

    The following Sysprep support directories are created during the vCenter Server installation:

    C:\ALLUSERSPROFILE\Application Data\Vmware\VMware VirtualCenter\sysprep
  5. Select the subdirectory that corresponds to your operating system.
  6. Click OK to expand the files.
  7. Repeat this procedure to extract Sysprep files for each of the Windows guest operating systems that you plan to customize using vCenter Server.

What to do next

Customize a new virtual machine with a supported Windows guest operating system when you clone an existing virtual machine.