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    Just wondering how many of you are frustrated with the VISTA sys-prep process. We have an XML file doing most things now, it even joins the computer to our domain & places the computer account in the correct OU of AD. This is all fantastic but it gives it a generic name & and when we used XP sys-prep would prompt for a name. VISTA seem to not want to do this. We have tried an * which generates a random name which we don't want. If you leave it blank sys-prep doesn't complete properly & we have even removed the "computername" line completely. All to no avail. Has anybody found a way of getting vista to prompt for a computer name before it joins the domain? If you have many of us will be eternally gratefully. It would seem from my web searches that this is a common issue & MS don't have a fix even though the seem to have admitted that it's a bug. Don't you just love how the work on the "if it ain't broke don't fix it" principal... I don't think so. All we want is for it to do the same functions as it did in XP.
    Look forward to hearing any of your suggestions

    Koopie

  • #2
    Re: VISTA SP1 Sysprep issues

    According to this one you should remove the <Computername></Computername> from you answerfile.
    Can you post the answerfile?
    http://forums.microsoft.com/TechNet/...2962&SiteID=17
    Marcel
    Technical Consultant
    Netherlands
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    http://blog.nessus.nl

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    • #3
      Re: VISTA SP1 Sysprep issues

      Here is the xml file we use with relevant data removed.
      <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
      <unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
      <settings pass="oobeSystem">
      <component name="Microsoft-Windows-International-Core" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlnssi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
      <InputLocale>en-au</InputLocale>
      <SystemLocale>en-au</SystemLocale>
      <UILanguage>en-au</UILanguage>
      <UILanguageFallback>en-au</UILanguageFallback>
      <UserLocale>en-au</UserLocale>
      </component>
      <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlnssi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
      <OOBE>
      <HideEULAPage>true</HideEULAPage>
      <NetworkLocation>Work</NetworkLocation>
      <ProtectYourPC>1</ProtectYourPC>
      <SkipUserOOBE>true</SkipUserOOBE>
      </OOBE>
      <RegisteredOrganization>The Peninsula School</RegisteredOrganization>
      <RegisteredOwner>The Peninsula School</RegisteredOwner>
      <UserAccounts>
      <AdministratorPassword>
      <Value>cwBlAHIAdgAxAGMAZQBBAGQAbQBpAG4AaQBzAHQAcgB hAHQAbwByAFAAYQBzAHMAdwBvAHIAZAA=</Value>
      <PlainText>false</PlainText>
      </AdministratorPassword>
      </UserAccounts>
      </component>
      </settings>
      <settings pass="specialize">
      <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlnssi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
      <ProductKey>XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX</ProductKey>
      <ShowWindowsLive>false</ShowWindowsLive>
      <TimeZone>AUS Eastern Standard Time</TimeZone>
      <Display>
      <ColorDepth>32</ColorDepth>
      <DPI>106</DPI>
      <HorizontalResolution>1024</HorizontalResolution>
      <RefreshRate>60</RefreshRate>
      <VerticalResolution>768</VerticalResolution>
      </Display>
      <ComputerName>*</ComputerName>
      <CopyProfile>false</CopyProfile>
      <CopyProfile>false</CopyProfile>
      </component>
      <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Security-Licensing-SLC-UX" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlnssi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
      <SkipAutoActivation>true</SkipAutoActivation>
      </component>
      <component name="Microsoft-Windows-UnattendedJoin" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlnssi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
      <Identification>
      <Credentials>
      <Domain>PENINSULA</Domain>
      <Password>domain</Password>
      <Username>domain</Username>
      </Credentials>
      <JoinDomain>PENINSULA</JoinDomain>
      <JoinWorkgroup></JoinWorkgroup>
      <MachineObjectOU>OU=Laptops,OU=StudentWorkstations ,DC=Peninsula,DC=vic,DC=edu,DC=au</MachineObjectOU>
      </Identification>
      </component>
      <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Deployment" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlnssi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
      <RunSynchronous>
      <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
      <Order>1</Order>
      <Path>net user administrator /active:yes</Path>
      </RunSynchronousCommand>
      </RunSynchronous>
      </component>
      </settings>
      <settings pass="generalize">
      <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Security-Licensing-SLC" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlnssi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
      <SkipRearm>8</SkipRearm>
      </component>
      </settings>
      <cpifflineImage cpi:source="wim:d:/distribution%20share/operating%20systems/windows%20vista%20enterprise%20with%20sp1/sources/install.wim#Windows Vista ENTERPRISE" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />
      </unattend>

      This seems to us to be a fairly basci xml file and not doing too much. It joins the domain & puts the computer account in the correct OU for us which is great. The issue is still the random generated user name which we want to reflect our corporate standard. As we are a school we prefix all computer names with either STU- for studenst or STA- for staff. All we want is for VISTA to prompt for the user to enter this prior to joining the domain. Come on MICROSOFT it can't be that hard.......

      ChrisK

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      • #4
        Re: VISTA SP1 Sysprep issues

        I'm assuming this is down to Microsoft deciding that prompting for any extra information means it wouldn't be a truly unattended installation.

        While it's not ideal, you can easily rename the machine once it's been imaged?
        Gareth Howells

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        • #5
          Re: VISTA SP1 Sysprep issues

          Well according the document I gave you earlier you should remove the whole string.
          In your case:
          <ComputerName>*</ComputerName>
          Marcel
          Technical Consultant
          Netherlands
          http://www.phetios.com
          http://blog.nessus.nl

          MCITP(EA, SA), MCSA/E 2003:Security, CCNA, SNAF, DCUCI, CCSA/E/E+ (R60), VCP4/5, NCDA, NCIE - SAN, NCIE - BR, EMCPE
          "No matter how secure, there is always the human factor."

          "Enjoy life today, tomorrow may never come."
          "If you're going through hell, keep going. ~Winston Churchill"

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          • #6
            Re: VISTA SP1 Sysprep issues

            Thanks you so much . That i need.

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