Assigning diferent computer names to machines during deployment using MDT/WDS
I was wondering what the best approach would be to assign multiple machines each with their own unique computer name during my deployment. I have been given the responsibility to deploy about 100 computers in an environment and needed to assign different computer names to each machine. Currently I have a setup using MDT for the actual deployment and WDS that is used for the PXE boot. Is there a way (preferable without using a PowerShell script) that I can deploy these machines? The reason I say preferably without PowerShell script is because I'm a rookie with scripting. If there is any other way to do this, please let me know!
Thanks for any help you guys can provide!
Finding UUIDs and/or MAC addresses.
Thanks for that!
Since my last post I managed to find a way to import the new computer names (and other variables) using a basic PowerShell script. The MDT database option definitely looks like the way I'd like to go. This however brings up a new question.
MDT gives us the option to deploy images (with certain configurations like OSDComputerName, OrgName, etc.. preconfigured) however part of the process requires us to attach those names to a unique identifier on the new boxes (eg: UUID, MAC address, Asset Tag). My question is, how would I find the UUID or Mac address of those machines with minimal time/effort keeping in mind they are all VM's being build on VMware and Hyper-V platforms...? If I can find a list of all the UUID's or MAC addresses to deploy to, this would make the deployment pretty straightforward. I would prefer to use UUIDs because the MAC address may be Dynamic as per my management team.
The setup I have is as follows: We have 6 new racks each with about 12 new blade servers. We have to deploy images to those blades at first and then deploy images to the VM's that will reside on those blades (we're looking at about 200 machines in total that will require deployment). Thanks for any further help you guys can provide.
As with anything I do, I'm not looking for someone to hand me an answer in full but more so provide me with some direction as to what I can look up and research myself.