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Sysprep issues; Workgroup and Original Computer Name


Couple of issues that I can't quite remember when dealing with sysprep.


1) I have a couple images that aren't to be joined to our domain, yet when I set <JoinWorkgroup>WORKGROUP</JoinWorkgroup> in sysprep.xml AND in WDS I select "Do not join the client to a domain after an installation", it still ends up connecting to the domain.


2) I'm noticing in the registry, the original computer name that had been sysprepped and captured was still showing up. I used: sysprep.exe /oobe /generalize /shutdown I can't recall if this is just how it happens or if it's supposed to be like that.

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Is sysprep.xml the only answer file? You may want to search the implicit answer file locations for answer files since you are not calling yours directly. This TechNet article shows the Implicit Answer File Search Order locations and file names. Alternatively, you can call your answer file directly in the sysprep command by using the /unattend switch with the location of the answer file.


Example: Sysprep.exe /oobe /generalize /shutdown /unattend:C:\myanswerfile.xml


Hope this helps,


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