5 Replies Latest reply on May 26, 2016 5:42 AM by Dongjianhua

    deploy VM from template desktop files missing

    Wajeeh Enthusiast

      Dear All,

       

      I was doing testing for deploying a virtual machine from a template, the template is created from a virtual machine which was having few files on desktop in 'administrator' profile. the same files which are on desktop are also in C:\ drive of original machine.

       

      After I deployed a new virtual machine from template I found same files as original machine on desktop and C:\ drive but now I wanted to change SID of new machine so I ran sysprep from Windows> system32 \ sysprep, but after the process completed I found on the new machine that files from desktop are gone while same files were still existing in C:\ and also applications were there so what does this mean ? sysprep clears desktop items ?

        • 1. Re: deploy VM from template desktop files missing
          Wajeeh Enthusiast

          Dear All,

           

          any thoughts on this ?

           

          thanks,

          • 2. Re: deploy VM from template desktop files missing
            JPM300 Expert

            It's possible the sysprep reset your administrator profile.  I haven't seen it but possible.  Either that or you have re-directed desktop setup in your GPO.  Many times people do this so the desktop, Mydocuments, My pictures, ect are redirected to a network share location so users think they are saving to their desktop, but in reality they are saving it onto a server location somewhere that is backed up.  Also this way anytime they login somehwere their desktop goes with them.  Not quiet roaming profiles but more mobility.  Was this setup at all?


            Try putting your files in the C:\Users\Default\Desktop, re-create the template and deploy it letting VMware sysprep it with the customization wizard, see if that fixes anything.

             

            What desktop version are you working on with this problem, WinXP, Win7, Win8, Win8.1?

            • 3. Re: deploy VM from template desktop files missing
              Wajeeh Enthusiast

              I am doing this test on Esxi 5.0 U2 and with a windows 2008 R2 server. The files I saved on desktop, I saved same on C:\ directory after sysprep desktop files were gone while in C:\ directory I found them as it is after sysprep

               

              So, as you are saying it is re-setting administrator account what if I have another account like 'user a' and have some files on that user's desktop, they will also go ? sysprep will also reset that account ?

               

              The files I saved on desktop are doc files only.

              • 4. Re: deploy VM from template desktop files missing
                JPM300 Expert

                If you put the files in the default user account, its hidden and found under C:\Users they should stay.  The default user account is like the All users account back in XP.  Anything on the Default users account's desktop will show up on ANY and ALL users profiles desktop.

                 

                Give that a try

                • 5. Re: deploy VM from template desktop files missing
                  Dongjianhua Enthusiast

                  I found the user defined account wound not be removed during guest OS customazation, but not sure if the files related to it will be removed or not.