I have a Windows XP Template.
I have a Windows XP Customization which will add the machine to the domain, add the CD Key, and use DHCP
I am using vCenter Server Appliance 5.1 and have placed the Sysprep files in the directory accroding to the documentation from VMware
When I clone the VM and don't choose to customize the machine is fine, I can boot it and the NIC is active and working.
When I choose to Clone a VM and use the Guest Customization specification I made earlier the Sysprep process runs and the NIC is deleted.
I can open device manager and the log at the same time and what the process and this is when the NIC is removed the log prints this.
Looks like I was looking in the wrong log file.
2 things for me were wrong (both in template)
Telephony service was disabled (set to automatic)
password was set on local administrator account (removed)