OS Deployment - Capturing a sysprep image

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    This document assumes that you have already configured your OS Deployment manager, and are familiar with the process of capturing standard images. If not, you may find it helpful to review these documents before proceeding.


    As the process for capturing a sysprep image is nearly identical to the process for capturing a standard image, we will focus primarily on the differences when capturing a sysprep type image.


    1. Start the OS Deployment wizard (Wizards > OS Deployment), and proceed through the wizard the same way as with the standard image capture.
    2. On the Image Parameters page in the wizard we find the first difference between capturing a standard image, and a sysprep image. Please change the Type field to "Windows Vista / 7 / 8 Sysprep WIM Image" (assuming you are deploying one of these versions of Windows; you can also select "Windows XP/Server 2003 Sysprep WIM Image" if you are deploying XP or 2003)
    3. Proceed through the remainder of the OS Deployment wizard as described in the steps for capturing a standard image.
    4. Once the project has finished building, login to Windows on the system which will be captured using the local administrator account. on Windows Vista and newer, it is recommended to use the built-in account named "Administrator" (this account is disabled by default on a new installation of Windows, and must be manually enabled). This avoids the potential for UAC to prevent sysprep from running correctly.
    5. While logged in as the Administrator, navigate to the PXETFTP\sysprep share on the OS Deployment Manager system (\\OSDMANAGER\PXETFTP\sysprep), right click the RunSysprep.bat, and select Run as administrator (again to avoid potential UAC issues)
    6. You will see a command prompt window, which will prompt you to confirm that you would like to run sysprep. Type "Y", and press enter to proceed.
    7. Once sysprep has finished preparing the system, it will automatically reboot and (assuming the BIOS has been configured for PXE booting), boot into the OSD environment and start the capture. The system will also automatically shut down when the capture has completed.