Odd error – Windows could not parse or process the unattended answer file for pass[specialize]

Have you seen this odd error before? I am trying to install some new software in my lab and during the deployment of the Win2K12 template - just after deployment and start up, I saw this error message on the console. Google would have had me edit unattend.xml, and there were other ideas around that … Continue reading Odd error – Windows could not parse or process the unattended answer file for pass[specialize]

More on Windows 2012 Templates – answers!

Hello everyone, I have written on Win2K12 and templates before.  Templates in vSphere are very powerful and important but have started to get complicated in Windows 2008 and frustrating in Windows 2012.  The reason for this is that I like customizing the template with updated Windows configuration settings and utilities installed.  This means turning off … Continue reading More on Windows 2012 Templates – answers!

sysprep executed properly only three times – what’s up about that?

Hi all, In my template article I talk about doing sysprep before you turn the VM into a template.  I got a tweet from Josh Cohen that said sysprep can only be used three times before it will error out.  Since I expect this Win2K12 template to last a long time this is a real … Continue reading sysprep executed properly only three times – what’s up about that?