If you need to learn how to use sysprep (which is basically just a Microsoft command line utility that's designed to take a "clean installation" and make usable copies onto other machines or virtual drives. There's a great discussion of how to use it on the MS Web site at: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windows2000pro/maintain/w2kmngd/18_2kaut.asp. Be sure to read up on this utility and understand its switches and functions before you try anything too serious with it. You'll also be well-served using it in tandem with a disk imagining tool like Symantec Ghost.
This was first published in February 2004