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Sysprep Support for Server Roles

Published: October 22, 2009

Updated: September 13, 2010

Applies To: Windows 7

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This content applies to Windows 7. For Windows 8 content, see Windows Deployment with the Windows ADK.

Not all server roles support the System Preparation tool (Sysprep). If you run the sysprep command together with the /generalize option against a Windows Server® 2008 or Windows Server® 2008 R2 installation that has specific server roles configured, those server roles may not continue to function after imaging and deployment.

For the server roles that do not support Sysprep, you must enable the server role and configure the role settings after imaging and deployment.

The following table shows the list of server roles and whether the roles support Sysprep.

 

Server role Sysprep support in Windows Server 2008 Sysprep support in Windows Server 2008 R2

Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS)

No

No

Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS)

No

No

Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS)

No

No

Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS)

No

No

Active Directory Rights Management Server (AD RMS)

No

No

Application Server

Yes

Yes

DHCP server

Yes

No

DNS Server

No

No

Fax Server

No

No

File Services

No

Yes

Hyper-V™

Not applicable

Yes

Not supported for a virtual network on Hyper-V™. You must delete any virtual networks before running the Sysprep tool.

Network Policy and Access Services

Yes

No

Network Policy Routing and Remote Access Services

Yes

Not applicable

Print Services

No

Yes

Remote Desktop Session Host (Terminal Services)

Yes

Not supported in scenarios where the master Windows image is joined to a domain.

Yes

Not supported in scenarios where the master Windows image is joined to a domain.

UDDI Services

No

Not applicable

Web Server (Internet Information Services)

Yes

Not supported with encrypted credentials in the Applicationhost.config file.

Yes

Not supported with encrypted credentials in the Applicationhost.config file.

Windows Deployment Services (WDS)

No

No

Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)

No

No

See Also

Concepts

What Is Sysprep?

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