as the title says, can this be done?
if so, how would I go about doing this. Reason I ask, is my technician who is new has a diffrent way of naming machines to me. I think this automated solution will help.
PS ... sorry chris
I know that but i dont get the bit how your technician can do if different from you.
You're going to have to have some way of deciding what each machine should be called.
If you use the Ghost console then it allows you to build what's essentially a database of MAC addresses and the names you want them to have; you then run Ghost from the console with sysprep configured to just give a random name. After the mini-setup, ghost runs a task to rename the way you want.
You can do something similar without the console. For example, sysprep will run the commands in a file called cmdlines.txt; if one of those (eg) looked up the MAC address in some central database then it could force a machine rename (eg using netdom - this can rename and join to the domain)
It depends on how many machines you've got to do whether it's worth while building your own solution.
Of course, if the problem is that he wants to call them PC01, PC02, PC03 and you want to call them kermit, scooter, waldorf etc then there's probably no technical solution :-)
This is a person problem, not a technical one. What's your position relative to your technician, NM? in which case you just need to make an executive decisions, 'workstations will be named according to the convention xyz'.
If your machines have guid you can prestage them in AD and then sysprep can take the names from there.
If you ghost them via the console then it can rename them for you.
I'm using WDS but its sysprep that does all the renaming.
Lots of info on here about it.
Not sure why the writer of that post is doing it; their message is in the Ghost Solution Suite forum. Assuming that they have that product then one of the "solutions" is renaming based on MAC address etc - effectively they're just reinventing the wheel rather than doing a bit of RTFM :-)
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