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    Not getting option to choose client name in RIS

    I have installed RIS on a 2003 SP1 DC. I can image clients no problem but i dont get the option to choose the client name. On other RIS server domains i have always had this option but on this one it just uses the username to create the account.

    How can i get it to let me choose a name instead of auto generating one?

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    Re: Not getting option to choose client name in RIS

    Kyle are the machine going to remain in their current locations? if so you can do what I do copy the GUID in Active Directory from the machine with a user name (don't let the RIS install go past the point of telling you what the machines name will be) then create a new machine account in Active Directory using the Name you wish the machine to be called for example ICT-PC01 and then select "This is a managed computer" and paste the GUID in here and then every time you RIS that machine it will always take the name you gave it.

    You can take this alot further aswell because if the OU that the machine sits in has MSI's applied to it your machine will also have these install during the RISing period and so saving you time in the long run.

    Hope this helps

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    Re: Not getting option to choose client name in RIS

    In short Kyle, you need to recreate the computer account and when you do tick the box marked 'This is a manged computer'. Entre the GUID then when you RIS it it will automatically pick up the computer name. Have you not scripted your RIS yet?

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    Re: Not getting option to choose client name in RIS

    Using group policy, you can change the way RIS works from 'automated install' to 'custom install' which will give you the option to choose the workstation name in the RIS setup screens.

    Change these settings in your default domain policy, or create a new policy and apply it to the root container.

    Windows Settings
    ====>Remote Installation Services
    ========>Client Installation Wizard options
    ============>Automatic Setup - Disabled
    ============>Custom Setup - Enabled
    ============>Restart Setup - Enabled

    This works for us,

    Mike.

    Edit: This is under the 'user' policies not the 'computer' ones.

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