Hi Guys

Im about to start testing imaging windows 7 ready for deploying images and i wanted to how people go about changing the name of the computer and joining it to the domain when deploying an image?

At the moment we use Windows XP and it will prompt for a computer name and then join it to the domain as part of the sysprep file.

Can i still use this method when syspreping Windows 7? or is there a better way?

If i re-image a machine and i want to keep the same name, i use the "collect and apply computer name" tasks

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Can you give us your naming convention?

That'll help us point you in the right direction.
Answered 05/25/2011 by: dchristian
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The computer name would be the type eg DT for desktop or LT for Laptop, room number eg G001 and the number of the computer in that room. So an example would be DT-G001-01

Hope this makes sense
Answered 05/26/2011 by: mattygarland
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Do you need to be prompted for the host name, or could you use some programatic logic to name the systems?

If you reall need to be prompted you could look at using MySysprep2 with sysprep:
http://www.tsaysoft.com/mysysprep2/

Just a thought.

Sincerely,
Eric
Answered 06/10/2011 by: ericwalrod
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Use WSName.

Do a search and you'll find a ton of info on in it.


ORIGINAL: ericwalrod

Do you need to be prompted for the host name, or could you use some programatic logic to name the systems?

If you reall need to be prompted you could look at using MySysprep2 with sysprep:
http://www.tsaysoft.com/mysysprep2/

Just a thought.

Sincerely,
Eric

Answered 06/27/2011 by: dyehardfan
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Matty's original question was how to prompt for a computer name in Sysprep. Either will work.

KBOX 2000: Image Deployment: How to rename a computer and join it to a Windows domain in the KACE K2000 appliance as a post installation task

ORIGINAL: dyehardfan

Use WSName.

Do a search and you'll find a ton of info on in it.
Answered 06/28/2011 by: ericwalrod
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MySysprep works well but will it work with the "Collect" and "Apply Computer Name" Tasks on the KBOX?
I dont really want to have two images, one for normal sysprep and another for mysysprep.

Thanks
Answered 07/05/2011 by: mattygarland
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Mattygarland,

As long as your deploying sysprep'ed image, you should be able to use the collect and apply computer name.

The only time you would need to do something special is for "new" machines that haven't had your naming convention applied.
Answered 07/05/2011 by: dchristian
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Prior to using kace we used MYSYSPREP along with ghost.
It allows the prompt for computer name.

We had to enter %Please input a computer name% in the computer name section of the sysprep file.


More info on this site.
http://www.tsaysoft.com/mysysprep2/

Of course this would require use of system images, and not scripted installs.
Im not sure how well it works with kace as we ditched mysysprep in favor of the solution mentioned above.
Answered 07/05/2011 by: CordlezToaster
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In small environments I would use Windows Deployment Services setting - require administrator approval... and then click 'Approve and Name' on the pending device.

You could also prepopulate the computer in AD, but then you need to type the GUID.

 

Answered 11/12/2013 by: garneyflanch
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