In my daily life, I couldn't imagine not having VMware Workstation to create labs or test case scenarios. On many occasions, I clone a vm in minutes to test something, but I often find that the SID remains the same. A simple utility exists that enables you to quickly change the SID and the computer name of a cloned virtual machine.
The utility is called NewSID v4.10 and is available for download free of charge.
After you download the application, extract the file (Figure A
) to a drive and open a command prompt. Next, browse to the applicable directory (Figure B
and Figure C
Next, run the auto option (Listing A
) to create a new SID and rename the computer. It takes a few minutes for the process to complete and the computer to reboot (Figure C
). When you log in to the computer again, the SID is brand new and the computer (Figure D
) is automatically renamed.
newsid.exe /a [newcomputername]