A SysPrep answer file is required for WIM provisioning and there are a number of required settings.

Table 1. Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP reference machine SysPrep required settings:

GuiUnattended Settings

Value

AutoLogon

Yes

AutoLogonCount

1

AutoLogonUsername

username

(username and password are the credentials used for auto logon when the newly provisioned machine boots into the guest operating system. Administrator is typically used.)

AutoLogonPassword

password corresponding to the AutoLogonUsername.

Table 2. Required SysPrep Settings for reference machine that are not using Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP:

AutoLogon Settings

Value

Enabled

Yes

LogonCount

1

Username

username

(username and password are the credentials used for auto logon when the newly provisioned machine boots into the guest operating system. Administrator is typically used.)

Password

password

(username andpassword are the credentials used for auto logon when the newly provisioned machine boots into the guest operating system. Administrator is typically used.)

Note:

For reference machines that use a Windows platform newer than Windows Server 2003/Windows XP, you must set the autologon password by using the custom property Sysprep.GuiUnattended.AdminPassword. A convenient way to ensure this is done is to create a build profile that includes this custom property so that tenant administrators and business group managers can include this information correctly in their blueprints.