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What's the difference between SysPrep and NewSid?


I'm setting up some Virtual PC images. I want to customize the machine with some pre-installed tools and then use this as a base for creating new machines.
What's the best practice for prepping the machine for use?
Should I use SysPrep or NewSid? When's the appropriate time for use and the contrast between them?
Sysprep includes the functionality of NewSID. It 'preps' the WIndows installation for imaging by stripping machine-specific things like the Machine name and SID from the installation. If you were not using Sysprep, you definitely would need to run a program like NewSID on each PC after deployment of the image.
-- Steve Olson
NewSid seems to have some issues. I am aware that with Windows Sharepoint Services 3.0 and with technologies that built on them (Sharepoint Server 2007, Project Server 2007), you can run into issues outlined here:
NewSID and SharePoint 2007
Besides the answers already posted here it is also important to note that SysPrep is fully supported by Microsoft, while NewSID isn't.

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