Jirv311
Contributor
Contributor

Have Win 7 VM but how should I prep it?

I've built a Windows 7 32 bit VM with all my apps installed and I'm trying to find the best way to prep it for deployment in pools. Should I run sysprep on these or just shut them down?

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mittim12
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Immortal

It depends on what kind of pool you are doing but either way vCenter can handle the sysprep.  If it's a linked clone pool you can utilize sysprep or quick prep.  Quick prep is faster but doesn't change the sid which shouldn't cause any issues.  You can also do sysprep in a linked clone pool but it will take a bit longer to deploy.

If it's a non linked clone pool you can utilize guest customization which will require you to have the sysprep files on the vCenter server.   

VMMikeC
Enthusiast
Enthusiast

Hello,  Just wanted to mention that Windows 7 schedules some tasks to run by default, such as disk degrag and registry backup. If you are using linked-clones, it is important to disable these tasks. In the view admin guide, you can read all about vm optimization , starting on page 54.  Hope this helps.  Mike