How to put Windows 2008 R2 in Audit mode

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  1. amires

    amires MDL Member

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    #1 amires, Apr 15, 2013
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    Hi all,

    I am trying to boot a fresh installation of Windows 2008 R2 inside VMware workstation in audit mode so I could install a couple of hotfixes which cannot be integrated directly. I have done this several times on windows 7, all I need to do is pressing CTRL+SHIFT+F3 when OOBE screen appears however in Windows 2008 there is no OOBE screen, right after installation completes I am asked to enter a new password for administrator account and then the desktop appears. I tried pressing CTRL+SHIFT+F3 on welcome screen however it didnt work. I also tried running sysprep manually and selecting Enter System Audit mode however after reboot I am back at the desktop again. So how do I enter Audit mode properly?

    Thanks
     
  2. Tito

    Tito Super Mod / Adviser
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    Open sysprep.exe from C:\Windows\System32\Sysprep and select 'Enter System Audit mode' under 'System Cleanup Action' dropdown menu.
     
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  3. amires

    amires MDL Member

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    Thanks Tito, that worked perfectly.