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Windows 10 1909 Cloning VM - Post Customizations


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I am having an issue with Windows 10 1909 Enterprise  and cloning the VM from a template. First I create a golden image, apply updates, install applications, power it off, and then clone the VM to a template. Using VMware vSphere 6.5  U3, after a few attempts cloning a VM from the template, the clones work perfectly i.e. the Windows host name is renamed to the VM name, and the VM is joined to AD. Then all of the sudden after a few clones, this no longer works. I am using vSphere customization file which has all the settings and as described it works fine until a few attempts. I do not have Office installed. I have ran the rearm one time to troubleshoot but still have issues. Wondering what I am doing wrong here or if the licensing it the issue? The VMware Customization Settings is accurate and I have deleted this and recreated it multiple times.

I have ran the slmgr /dlv on the VM's that are successful vs the non successful. I can only suspect this is why I am experiencing failures? The results are as follows. We are using KMS so the results output below. 

Successful Clone:

Remaining Windows rearm count: 1000

Remaining SKU rearm count: 1000

Unsuccessful Cone: 

Remaining Windows rearm count: 1001

Remaining SKU rearm count: 1001

Can anyone tell me that the difference between 1000 and 1001 indicate? Could this be the culprit of my issues?

KMS 1000.JPG

KMS 1001.JPG

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