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Posted - 02/20/2012 :  5:40:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello, Anyone really figure out during Windows 7 sysprep to be prompted for a computer name and have it join your domain? I can have the machine stop and prompt for machine name but won't join domain. I used My Sysprep Tool, but don't trust it and typing in your password is in clear text, but it does work.

I have tried to delete the line from the xml file but still doesn't prompt for computer name.

Anyone have a working XML file to stop and ask for computer name then join it to the domain, while syspreping?

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Posted - 02/27/2012 :  2:32:18 PM  Show Profile  Visit winoutreach5's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The official Sysprep utility is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32\Sysprep of the Windows 7 environment. There are some tips that I can give you to assist you both with the use of the Sysprep utility and creating unattend.xml files and then proceeding from there.

The first tip is to use the Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK) available here: , which includes WSIM (Windows System Image Manager) to create unattend.xml files, or an answer file. The Windows Automated Installation Kit or Windows AIK includes several utilities that can help make using the official Sysprep utility easier than ever. Windows AIK also includes ImageX which is the Microsoft cloning utility that creates file based images (.wim) allowing the images to be modified after their creation to apply updates, new drivers, or applications. For more specific assistance on domain joining, please use the steps outlined in “Automating the Domain Join” from the TechNet site found here: .

The second tip is to use Audit Mode ( to customize the system and perform customizations to the default profile. By allowing you to log into the system as Administrator, Audit Mode can significantly simplify the customization process. In order to customize the default profile in both Windows Vista and Windows 7 you will need to make your customizations in Audit Mode, and then run Sysprep with an answer file that has the copyprofile setting ( enabled.

The final tip I will leave you with is to use the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) ( that combines all of the official tools above into a single workbench interface that can help automate the entirety of the process. Additionally, it is compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2003, 2008, and 2008 R2, which means learning one utility to do all of your deployments. Furthermore, it is exceptionally useful in creating “universal” images as it can easily add or remove drivers or applications from the deployment images.

You may find the following answer from a TechNet forums post “Windows 7 sysprep won’t auto-join domain” found here: helpful as well. As you can see, the best answer suggests creating the XML file step-by-step which the first tip to use WSIM will be able to assist you with.

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Edited by - winoutreach5 on 03/08/2012 08:11:31 AM
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Posted - 02/27/2012 :  4:09:07 PM  Show Profile  Visit Playwell's Homepage  Click to see Playwell's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Stick to the workgroup and join domain using a script with netdom in the last fase (oobesystem).
A clear text password is needed in the XML for that, so you'd better delete the answerfile afterwards

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