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    Windows 7 Images on WDS

    Morning,

    I can image a laptop/desktop on windows 7 with no issues apart from the following:

    1. How can i get the machine image to ask me to put a machine name in before first login?

    as currently all machines on site here name themselves Admin 1, 2, 3 etc..., i then have to login and change the name

    2. Is there a way that once imaged it is already joined to the domain?

    as i have to login and join every machine to the domain.

    Just trying to save time as have to image 700 machines.

    Thanks in advance

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    Use SysPrep and an answer file. SysPrep wipes all the security identifiers from your computer so when you power a machine up you'll be asked for a computer name etc. and the answer file can be used to put in the product key and put it on your domain.


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    i do use both i was mainly asking how to configure the answr file(.xml) as i cannot seem to get it to work

    Thanks

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    Hi This is what I use

    http://www.tsaysoft.com/mysysprep2/

    Richard

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    If you have to image 700 machines - use MDT alongside WDS as MDT is MUCH more powerful and much easier to set up images/drivers/settings etc. You can even have it automatically push MSI/EXE installations during the install (if you wish to avoid using GPOs to deploy apps) and then automatically join the domain an all sorts of other handy stuff.
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    You need to use the WAIK (Windows Automated Installation Kit), there's a video showing you how to do it here:

    How to make a completly unattended sysprep for Windows 7 - YouTube

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