I know there have been several questions posted in regards to the headaches of getting the sysprep to work with LD9 and Win 7. Here is my problem. I cannot get sysprep to work properly - it will not add a computer to the domain, it will not name the computer correctly, and it will not install LANDesk. (I haven't tried to see if the Driver Library portion works yet)
I have applied the recommend patches to supposedly fix the problem with computers joining the domain. Still doesn't work. Here are the steps I take:
Build a computer with Windows 7 Pro and install all applications.
Run Sysprep from c:\windows\system32\sysprep.exe
It gives me two options under system cleanup action (OOBE and Audit)
There is a generalize box you can select and then of course the shutdown options
I have tried OOBE and Audit without any success (I do not select generalize because I have read you do not want this option selected)
So once sysprep has finished, I shutdown and create the image using WinPE.
I can restore the image to any machine but it does not add to domain, does not set the correct computer name nor does it install the LAndesk Agent.
Here are my script settings for Deploy Image:
Under Methods and Credentials:
I select classical download, image uses sysprep and use HII
I enter the correct domain and user name and password
Image type and path is all set up correctly
Under sysprep options:
I select Windows 7
This is where I get confused - I can use the existing sysprep file as a template once I save the pe script (if I click browse it shows the script name.xml)
Do I leave that blank or do I select teh scriptname.xml.
The location of the sysprep file in the image being deployed points to c:\unattend.xml ..After I create the sysprep and do not shut down, I try to browse for this file and it does not exist! ??
Image Settings is set up correctly with time zone, MAK key and local admin password for this image (I assume they are talking about the administrator account for windows. We actually rename the admin account to our own liking so I assume this shouldnt cause a problem if the password for it is correct.
Under network credentials I have domain select with all information
Naming convention is set up correctly using the computername.ini that i saved to \\core\program files\landesk\management suite) and the file looks like this (I want it to use the service tag of the Dell machine)
Under HII I set it to Auto Detect
Under landesk agent - I point to the correct file and set the credentials.
I save the script and add to PXE Boot Menu
I can restore the image fine to any workstation, but it does not rename correctly, it does not add to domain and it does not run the landesk agent install.
I hope someone can give me some insight on this. Talk about frustrating... I know there are several published docs about this issue but some are old and the newer ones are left with answers that are not fixing the issue.
Thank you for your time.