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How to image a Windows 7 PC with WDS?

By GMcFlyPCGuy ·
I need to create a Windows 7 enterprise edition image. I have done this many of times, but the problem with this OS is that when I install the image, it creates a PC name and add it to a domain. What am I doing wrong in my steps?

My normal process for capturing the image is:

1. Install a fresh copy of Windows 7 Enterprise and put on all the software and apply all the configuration changes. I do not add it to our domain or name the pc.

2. I navigate to the system32 folder and double-click "sysprep". Once the GUI interface comes up, I choose "oobe" and "generalize".

3. The PC then restart and boot from the network "LAN option". I now have 2 options, Image Installation and Capture Image (WDS). I choose Capture Image.

4. I specify a location to save the image and it captures it. I move the file to a folder in the Windows Deployment Server and that is it.

My process to Install the image is:

1) Boot from the network. And select the option "Image Installation".

2) I then choose the image that I previously uploaded. I then have to put in my credentials since I am access a network entity.

3) It installs all the files and restarts.

4) It then goes through the Out-Of-Box-Experience and setups up Windows. It will then ask me for a username but it won't allow me to change the computer name. After this is done, the PC is added to a domain that I didn't specify and it assumes a pc name derived from the credentials that I put in in Step 2.

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Task list?

by Spitfire_Sysop In reply to How to image a Windows 7 ...

When you load an image from WDS it assumes you want to join the domain. It looks like the naming convention is defined by the task list used to deploy the image.

There is a way to automate it if you are feeling frisky:
http://blogs.technet.com/b/mniehaus/archive/2009/12/06/ris-style-naming-with-mdt-2010-use-a-web-service.aspx

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