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How to create a reusable SharePoint Server 2013 bootable VHD using trial downloads – Part 5

Prepare Master VHD using sysprep Command

We have completed list of actions currently.

  1. Prepared bootable Virtual Hard drive.
  2. Installed Windows Server 2012
  3. Configured Desktop features
  4. Created image for SQL Server 2012 SP1 +CU9
  5. Create slipstream Service Pack 1 into SharePoint Server 2013
  6. Installed SharePoint 2013 (configuration later)
  7. Installed Visual Studio 2013, MS Office 2013 and Visio 2013 with trial keys.
  8. Installed SharePoint Designer 2013

Now we are going to execute the sysprep commend to remove the trial keys and user related details.

Please follow the below link to know more details about sysprep command,

1. Run the sysprep command and select the following options.


2. System will shut down, once complete the clean-up process.


After successful completion of sysprep operation, we should get login to our base OS and take the backup of the VHD. We should treat this copy as master.

Now again we get login into Windows Server 2012 trial and we can see the windows server installation wizard start freshly. On successful completion, we can see all our installed software’s trial periods has been refreshed except machine name.

The following activities are pending to finish the VHD process.

  1. Configuring the Active Directory and setting up the domain services.
  2. Configuring SQL Server using image
  3. Configuring SharePoint 2013

In the next post, we will configure Active Directly and Domain Services for installing SharePoint.

For other posts on this series

  1. Overview of the native bootable VHD and list of required software
  2. Create a native bootable virtual hard drive, installing windows server 2012 and configure boot menu
  3. Enabling desktop features in windows server 2012
  4. SQL Server installation using slipstream mode, create the SP1 slipstream into SharePoint 2013 and single shot installation
  5. Create a master native bootable VHD using sysprep method
  6. Configuring Active Directory and Domain Services, SQL Server 2012 and SharePoint 2013

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