Recently, on a professional services engagement, we encountered a situation, where the Customization Wizard was failing to successfully apply SYSPREP to Windows 2012 Servers. Because our main objective and my time was focused on other areas, we could not take time to resolve the underlying the root cause, so we needed a work-around. This led us to applying SYSPREP manually, which I had not done in a long time. Here are the details that we applied toward using SYSPREP manually in a VM template
Our main concern is if we deploy two VMs from a template or VM that already has a SID, then an issue may occur if we try to add both new VMs to the domain. The following error may occur when adding the second VM.
To fix this in the second VM, you can use these steps:
1 – Open RUN and enter sysprep
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Microsoft Virtual Academy
This is a MVA link to a number of free Microsoft Press books, but it hasn’t been updated since a year ago, kind of outdated: https://mva.microsoft.com/ebooks.
I would recommend this link from Eric Ligman, updated every summer, huge number of books, there is even a PowerShell script that you can download them all at once: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/mssmallbiz/2017/07/11/largest-free-microsoft-ebook-giveaway-im-giving-away-millions-of-free-microsoft-ebooks-again-including-windows-10-office-365-office-2016-power-bi-azure-windows-8-1-office-2013-sharepo/
This site has quite a few rich format content regarding SharePoint:
Some interesting posts if we look back how Windows 2008 DCs were installed and set up –
Excerpt from a book: Active Directory Domain Services 2008 How-To
Different lab: Install and configure the domain controller (CONTOSO-DC)
Some very basic steps:
Place holder for ADMT and Active Directory migration related topics, in general: