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Capture Image in Azure after Sysprep

Execute Sysprep on a Windows 8 Machine running in the Windows Azure Cloud

Execute Sysprep on a Windows 8 Machine running in the Windows Azure Cloud

I was looking for a method to automate Windows 8 client deployment on Azure. It seems important that you Sysprep the image only when it’s already running in Azure. My attempts to Sysprep the image locally all failed; I suppose that when booting up again the VM was somewhere stuck at the mini-setup of Windows.

This is Part 4 of the tutorial Installing Windows 8 on Windows Azure
Part 2: See how to upload your VHD to Azure
Part 3: See how to create a Virtual Machine from VHD in Azure
Part 4: See how to capture an image in Azure after Sysprep
Part 5: See how to deploy Windows 8 in Azure
Video of entire tutorial: Checkout how Windows 8 runs on Azure

Make sure that the reference machine is configured and ready to Sysprep. Execute Sysprep. It’s important to select “Shutdown” because you need to capture the image!

1. Open a Command Prompt window as an administrator.



2. Change the directory to %windir%\system32\sysprep, and then run sysprep.exe.
The System Preparation Tool dialog box appears.



3. In System Cleanup Action, select Enter System Out-of-Box Experience (OOBE) and make sure that Generalize is checked.

4. In Shutdown Options, select Shutdown.

5. Click OK.

Let the system do its task and wait a few minutes until the VM is powered off.

To capture the image click on the machine where you executed Sysprep and click on capture.




Be warned: The original machine (your Golden Image Machine) will be deleted when the image has been captured.



Next step, Part 5: After the image capture process is successful you can start to deploy Windows 8 in Azure


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