How to SysPrep for Small Business Server 2003 R2


imagex\SBS 2003 R2 sysprep:



  1. After the 1st CD – stop and run setup with /OEM switch.

  2. Compete the installation with the entire R2 CD – do not add the Premier options.

  3. Create the directory c:\sysprep then add all the files to the sysprep folder c:\sysprep from the SBS CD OPK CD only!

  4. From a cmd prompt Run “c:\sysprep\sysprep.exe -DC -RESEAL

  5. The system should shut down the server when completed.

  6. Add the thumb drive and reboot with WinPE 2.1.

  7. At this point you’ll be working via a cmd prompt window.

  8. Capture the image using imagex.
    (i.e imagex /capture c: E:\SBSSP.wim “drive c”) drive e: is the thumb drive.

  9. imagex completes the capture successfully.

  10. Reboot the system again with WinPE 2.1

  11. At the command prompt run “format c:” if a new computer is used the drive must be formatted and possibly bcdedit may be needed.

  12. Run imagex again to apply the image using the following:
    (i.e imagex /apply e:\SBSSP.wim  1 c:)

  13. When 100% complete, shut down.

  14. Remove the thumb drive and WinPE CD.

  15. Reboot again.

  16. Mini-OOBE should run at this point.

  17. The system should reboot again.

  18. The next reboot the system finalizes the user’s settings.