SQL Server – Sysprep Windows Server 2003 R2 SP2 Hyper V image

Hi Friends,

Sometime back, I had blogged about sysprep-ing a Windows Server 2008 R2 image. I was setting up a Windows Server 2008 cluster between multiple Hyper-V images. You can find that blog here;

This time I am setting up a Windows Server 2003 cluster between multiple Hyper V images and had to sysprep a Windows Server 2003 image. So here are some tips about that:

By default, the Windows Server 2003 OS installation will not have sysprep tool installed. I faintly remember reading about NEWSID tool which has been pulled off by Microsoft. So there were two options in front of me:

– Get the NEWSID tool from somewhere 🙂 (will not be supported by Microsoft)

– Find the Windows Server 2003 specific sysprep.exe


Upon a search, I came across this: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=14830, which is a sysprep tool for Windows Server 2003 SP2, but I needed the one for Windows Server 2003 ‘R2’ S2. Well, this one might work for your installation; it did not for me. So where is the OS specific sysprep.exe?

Explore the installation media of Windows Server 2003 R2 SP2. In the root, you will find a folder by the name of Support. This folder has a file called deploy.cab. Extract the content of this cab file and you will see a file called sysprep.exe. 🙂 – Use that as that is your OS specific sysprep.exe.

Happy sysprep-ing!




About Amit Bansal

Amit Bansal is always brainstorming around SQL Server. Despite working with SQL since 1997, he is amazed that he keeps learning new things every single day. SQL Server is AB's first love, and his wife does not mind that. He tries to share as much and spreads the SQL goodness. Internals and Performance Tuning excites him, and also gives him sleepless nights at times, simply because he is not a genius, but quite a hard worker and does not give up. It has been a long and exciting journey since 1997, you can read here: http://sqlmaestros.com/amit-bansal/ He is on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/A_Bansal

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