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  • Question

  • i was trying to clone my harddrive with easeus todo backup, but i read on the internet that before i clone it , i should running sysprep on the computer that i whis to clone.

     i did running the sysprep with System Out-of-Box Experience (OOBE) and Generalize and when the server reboots i did clone the disk, but when i finally starts the server again, my fileserver and printerserver and the maps that the server shares was gone, what did happend ? and why can i get all my stuff back ? i did not make a backup off the system before i syspred it. so what to do ?

     i also had installed som programs on the server but is that gone also ?

    Monday, April 23, 2012 2:38 PM

Answers

  • the most important thing is you show never ever run the sysprep tool on the production computer. Sysprep will only do the following

    Removes system-specific data from Windows. Sysprep can remove all system-specific information from an installed Windows image, including the computer security identifier (SID). The Windows installation can then be captured and installed throughout an organization.


    Configures Windows to boot to Audit mode. Audit mode enables you to install third-party applications and device drivers, as well as to test the functionality of the computer.


    Configures Windows to boot to Windows Welcome. Configures a Windows installation to boot to Windows Welcome the next time the computer starts. In general, you configure a system to boot to Windows Welcome immediately before delivering the computer to a customer.

    Resets Windows Product Activation. Sysprep can reset Windows Product Activation up to three times.

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd799240(v=ws.10).aspx#LimitationsofSysprep

    http://www.arabitpro.com

    Monday, April 23, 2012 3:54 PM
  • my fileserver and printerserver and the maps that the server shares was gone, what did happend ? and why can i get all my stuff back ? 

    How sysprep works, do's and don'ts and consequences of running sysprep on prod. server, all info. has already been provided in above posts.

    when sysprep has been run, following might have been happened on your server.

    Server must have been dis-joined from domain

    Server hostname must have been changed

    Machine SID  must have been changed

    and why can i get all my stuff back ? i did not make a backup off the system before i syspred it. so what to do ?

     i also had installed som programs on the server but is that gone also ?

    Its very unlikely that, you would loose data on this server when sysprep has been executed.

    Also its obvious that, file shares and print shares, mapped drive would disappear as your server is not in domain any more !

    That being said, you  still have chance to reconfigure your server as it was before by following steps below

    1. Assign a hostname to the server as it was before (if that has been changed by sysprep) 

    2. Join your server to the domain

    3. Folder and print shares should appear when you join the server back to the domain, if at all this doesn't work, then you need to reconfigure them as it was before

    4. As I mentioned above, sysprep do not wipe any data on the server, hence you can use the previously installed programs as usual when server is re-joined to the domain

    Hope that helps


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    Tuesday, April 24, 2012 2:06 AM
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  • the most important thing is you show never ever run the sysprep tool on the production computer. Sysprep will only do the following

    Removes system-specific data from Windows. Sysprep can remove all system-specific information from an installed Windows image, including the computer security identifier (SID). The Windows installation can then be captured and installed throughout an organization.


    Configures Windows to boot to Audit mode. Audit mode enables you to install third-party applications and device drivers, as well as to test the functionality of the computer.


    Configures Windows to boot to Windows Welcome. Configures a Windows installation to boot to Windows Welcome the next time the computer starts. In general, you configure a system to boot to Windows Welcome immediately before delivering the computer to a customer.

    Resets Windows Product Activation. Sysprep can reset Windows Product Activation up to three times.

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd799240(v=ws.10).aspx#LimitationsofSysprep

    http://www.arabitpro.com

    Monday, April 23, 2012 3:54 PM
  • Hello,

    Please note that sysprep should be run on a reference computer and not on a server which is in production. For that, you had to backup your files / documents before proceeding.

    I would recommend asking them here for more information: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winserversetup/threads


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    Monday, April 23, 2012 3:56 PM
  • Hello,

    please see also about sysprep http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd744512(WS.10).aspx and NOT supported scnearios http://support.microsoft.com/kb/828287

    Additional see:

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314828 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929828 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/200607/en-us

    And as small remark NEVER start any operation without tyring in a lab, if you are not familiar with it or at least having a backup from the server or at least the required data.


    Best regards

    Meinolf Weber
    MVP, MCP, MCTS
    Microsoft MVP - Directory Services
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    Monday, April 23, 2012 6:21 PM
  • my fileserver and printerserver and the maps that the server shares was gone, what did happend ? and why can i get all my stuff back ? 

    How sysprep works, do's and don'ts and consequences of running sysprep on prod. server, all info. has already been provided in above posts.

    when sysprep has been run, following might have been happened on your server.

    Server must have been dis-joined from domain

    Server hostname must have been changed

    Machine SID  must have been changed

    and why can i get all my stuff back ? i did not make a backup off the system before i syspred it. so what to do ?

     i also had installed som programs on the server but is that gone also ?

    Its very unlikely that, you would loose data on this server when sysprep has been executed.

    Also its obvious that, file shares and print shares, mapped drive would disappear as your server is not in domain any more !

    That being said, you  still have chance to reconfigure your server as it was before by following steps below

    1. Assign a hostname to the server as it was before (if that has been changed by sysprep) 

    2. Join your server to the domain

    3. Folder and print shares should appear when you join the server back to the domain, if at all this doesn't work, then you need to reconfigure them as it was before

    4. As I mentioned above, sysprep do not wipe any data on the server, hence you can use the previously installed programs as usual when server is re-joined to the domain

    Hope that helps


    A UNIVERSE without WINDOWS is CHAOS !

    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees and confers no rights.

    About Me !!!


    Tuesday, April 24, 2012 2:06 AM
    Moderator