Tag Archives: Windows Server 2008

Sysprep 2008 / 2008 R2

I was looking to sysprep a 2008 server today and I went to the installation DVD and couldn’t find sysprep. A quick google later and a bit of poking around revealed that sysprep is now installed by default on Windwos Server 2008. You can find it at:


The experience is also streamlined considerably. Simply run sysprep.exe above and you are presented with:

Check the “Generalize” checkbox (regenerates system SID), change the Shutdown Options to “Shutdown”, and click OK. The system will go through the sysprep process and shut itself down.


Configuring updates Stage 3 of 3 0% completed

Had this little doozey today. lucky a quick search i was able to find it is pretty common.


There is on rare occasion an issue where Windows Vista, ultimately Windows 7 and even Windows Server 2008 will get stuck on patching.  It does not happen often at all, but on the very very rare time that it does, it gives you a heart attack for sure.  Not to worry, it’s something that one can recover from.

The symptoms are that the server stays on Configuring updates Stage 3 of
3 0% completed and stays there forever.  Meanwhile you have a heart attack. 

First rule, don’t panic.

Second rule, take a deep breath and find your install media.  Remember to hit F8 to get into the recovery console.

But here’s the workaround:

– Using the install media, the server was booted into the recovery console.
– In the following directory, c:windowswinsxs, the pending.xml file was
renamed pending.old
These two steps allowed the server to boot back into the desktop.

The issue is similar to this:

The update is not installed successfully, you receive a message, and the computer restarts when you try to install an update in Windows Vista: