Question about Audit Mode
Okay so I have a base image that I use for all of the systems at my work place. I have been using an older version of VMWare Workstation, but recently moved everything to Workstation 11.
This requires that I install a new version of VMWare tools, which requires a reboot. After the reboot I now get the “You are not running a genuine Windows” message in the bottom right corner of the Windows Desktop. It doesn’t appear to be causing me any issues yet.
My question is when installing programs that require a reboot does the reboot use up my rearms if I am not running sysprep and just rebooting back into Audit Mode. I do not make any selections in the sysprep screen, just reboot from the Start menu.
It won’t use any rearms at all unless you actually run sysprep. If you do run sysprep and you don’t want it to rearm, just include Skiprearm set to 1 in your unattend file.
Here’s a bit of my unattend file so you can see where the SkipRearm bit should be:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <unattend xmlns="urn:sc.... <settings pass="generalize"> <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Security-SPP" ..... <SkipRearm>1</SkipRearm> </component> </settings>
As for not being activated - I found it annoying and activated in the end, since you have something like 3 rearms you can use. But I think it at least affects Windows updates so if you wanted to include those on your image, then activate once if you can.