According to the release notes customization of Server 2008 is supported with Update 4. I thought it would work like the Vista customization, that is, I could just use the customization wizard when cloning. I'm unable to get it to work, or one part of the customization doesn't work and that is joining the domain. Am I missing a step or configuration? Does this work for anyone? Any help that can point me in the right direction to get this to work will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
Did you ever find the directions for how to do a Windows 2008 Customization? I have searched and can't find specific directions. Was curious if we need to copy the Windows 2008 sysprep files to a specific spot or what.
Have a look at this:
Remember to back EVERYTHING up before you change ANYTHING
No luck as of yet but I have opened a support request with VMware and hopefully they will be able to figure this out. If and when I get this solved I will try to remember to update this thread.
I spoke a little too soon. The 2 VMs I deployed boot to the error below, and rebooting just returns to this error. Do yours boot? I did not have these adding to domain, since they were going to be Domain Controllers for a new lab.
Im working on this case now with support. They said its currently "hit or miss" . sysprep for Vista and 2008 is built into the OS, no need to supply any files, or retireve the WAIK kit. For now, Ive pulled the license key, and used Prompt for Machine Name in the customization spec, and this seemed to work. Will post more detail as I find it.
Support was never able to reproduce the issue. They finally asked if I would mind installing a new Windows 2008 server, make it a template and deploy a new server from this template. I did and it worked like a charm. Just for fun I tried with the old template, still doesn't join the server to the domain. Something is wrong with the first template, although I will not bother to try to find out what.
I too have the very same issue here. It just woudn't join the domain. Not quire if this has something to do with the hardware config on the VM turned template.
Just building a brand new vm now with 2008 to be converted to a template and see if that works as Aftenposten's case above
This is actually a bug in Vista (probably Win 2008 too).
Simply re-enter your same product key, activate the machine and you should be able to add to the domain.
Vista wants DNS info before it lets you add to the domain
It's weird I know but try it. It worked for me.
Yeah also you need to remove the complex password policy enforcement (through local policy editor) and should reset the administrator password to blank.
And also ensure that the same VM template is not: " converted back to a vm -> cloned -> converted back to a vm" for more than 3 times as this too could lead in to issues as per release notes on U4.
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I had the same issue with windows 2008 templates - i can't get them to join my AD domain. I double checked, and the templates are activated, so that isn't a fix for me. Has anyone else gotten any more info on this issue?
RE: Domain join and vSphere vCenter 4 with 2008 Datacenter Edition x64 SP2 guest, KMS (default) key.
I've tried the suggestions in this thread with no luck on the domain join working. In fact, looking at the sysprep logs, there's no indication whatsoever that any domain join operation was run, requested, or otherwise by the VMware customization process.
It's a brand new from-scratch template, so while I could create a new one that doens't seem likely to be the issue (plus, we can't really count that as 'fixing' the issue now can we?
The VMware side customization logs don't reference any domain joining actions, and they complete with no errors visible in the log or in the guest's event view in vCenter.