1 Reply Latest reply on Aug 13, 2008 3:40 PM by tomaddox

    Errors while cloning Windows 2003 SP2 with customization

    tomaddox Hot Shot

      Since upgrading to Virtual Center 2.5 and ESX Server 3.5, I have been having problems cloning Windows 2003 VMs.  The cloning process itself succeeds, I power on the VM, sysprep runs, the guest reboots, and then Windows throws the following error.

       

      Fatal Error:

       

      An error has been encountered that prevents Setup from continuing.

       

      Windows is unable to start because the registry could not be updated.  To address this problem, please contact your computer manufacturer.  Windows must now Shut Down.

       

      A quick Google search indicates that this problem is a result of a sysprep incompatibility between Windows service pack versions, so I copied over the sysprep files from SP2 to C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter\sysprep\svr2003.