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  • Error during XP deployment using WDS - %machinename% in sysprep.inf does not work

    Hi there,

    I am trying to deploy an XP image using WDS. I have saved the sysprep.inf file in the relevant folder hierarchy and the computer seems to be picking it up when I'm deploying the image. However, an error message appears during setup saying that the new computer name entered is not properly formatted. I have specified the computer name on the sysprep.inf file to be %machinename% so that the computer can keep the original name assigned to it in active directory but it doesn't seem to work.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks

    Noor

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    Re: Error during XP deployment using WDS - %machinename% in sysprep.inf does not work

    What about if you try... %COMPUTERNAME%?
    Gareth Howells

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    • #3
      Re: Error during XP deployment using WDS - %machinename% in sysprep.inf does not work

      Nope that doesn't work either. I'm trying to keep the original name of the computer that is listed in active directory and from the documentation, it seems that you would use %machinename% for the computer name but it doesn't seem to work.

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      • #4
        Re: Error during XP deployment using WDS - %machinename% in sysprep.inf does not work

        Ah well, worth a try.
        Gareth Howells

        BSc (Hons), MBCS, MCP, MCDST, ICCE

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