how important is running sysprep on closed workstations in W2K domain?

Posted on 2004-04-08
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how important is running sysprep in W2K domain using W2000 and XP workstations? is it IMPERATIVE?

also, i tried using sysprep answerfile and input all the information before i burned an image. but after i imaged a machine, it STILL asked me for the 25 digit key code, and a few other things.

thanks for your help.
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by:Pete Long
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YES ITS IMPERITIVE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11
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Every workstation on the domain has a unique SID number if more than two are the same it will cause you no end of problems and loss of service, sysprepping is primarily geared towards removing this SID if you clone PC's without sysprepping them you have to Manually re-assign everyone a SID :(

Generating a New SID

If you’ve cloned without sysprep or are getting…….

"The Server could not bind to the transport \Device\NetBT_Tcpip because another computer on the network has the same name.  The server could not start".  

Then you have a SID Conflict use this on the offending machine.


To find all the SIDS on your network and Identify Conflicts

NB You can view a PC's SID in the registry under HKEY_Users (the folder near the end with the long alphanumeric name is the SID)
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>>also, i tried using sysprep answerfile and input all the information before i burned an image. but after i imaged a >>machine, it STILL asked me for the 25 digit key code, and a few other things.

Ahaa! hang on

see my Q here http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/Q_20882890.html
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You probably made the answer file utilizing the old Windows 2000 setup manager.  Download the setup manager for XP and it has more options for the answer file.  :)  Not sure if you can download it.....google will know.  :)

Use the setup manager in the deploy.cab file found on any XP  Pro cd.

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Also be aware of the volume Licencing problem (see my link above) :)
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