I tried to create a Windows 7 template in SCVMM and it kept failing, but it would not give me an error message, it would just fail. I did some digging around and found that sysprep was failing with an error –2147024864. I kept digging and found that in the RC of Windows 7, this was a known issue, I guess it didn’t get fixed in time for RTM. The workaround is to stop the Windows Media Sharing service before executing sysprep. Since I don’t plan on sharing my media, I stopped the service and then disabled it. Once the service was stopped, I was able to sysprep my Windows 7 VM and successfully create a template.
Here are the Release Notes from the RC that discusses this issue. It’s about half way down under the System Preparation Tool section.
Until next time!