Help with Win10 sysprep
John Sartoris last edited by
I’ve been trying to find someone saying that, and I couldn’t find it. In the past I remember reading that it wasn’t even needed for 7, but I can’t find that anymore.
As for any reason I know it might be needed, is just regenerating some of the unique install IDs. The machine ID and a few other locations are used for tracking in WSUS and Windows KMS Server. I have however seen that these were not even being regenerated by my last few rounds of Win7 syspreps. Sure I have “skip rearm” set. I don’t remember why but I do remember it being needed/suggested somewhere.
I’ve had to manually rearm and regenerate quite a few hosts this last year in efforts to keep my kms server active. Fortunately it’s as simple as 2 bat files and I only need to get 30ish to have a safety margin beyond the 25 threshold.
If I could run these automatically on deploy, or maybe better would be to alter my pre-sysprep cleanup to run it and as you suggest skip sysprep.
I’ll run some tests. Still curious what went wrong and why “CloudExperienceHostBroker” is causing trouble.
Wayne Workman last edited by
Not to change your mind at all, but is sysprep necessary?
To me it’s always been burdensome, I’ve been imaging with ghost and fog and other solutions for a while now, I’ve probably imaged well over 3,000 machines by now. I’ve never sys-prepped and I’ve installed just about every mainstream piece of software under the sun without issue. Every time someone suggests to me that it’s necessary - I point to my entire building that is running fine without being sysprepped, and I point to other buildings, other organizations, and my past jobs that are doing fine without it.
I’d suggest seeing if you can get it working without sys-prep first.