Sysprep Source PC Ran Setup on Restart and Clone Domain Join Fails
Posted on 2006-06-12
I ran sysprep using the Sysprep GUI on a PC configured for cloning to other identical hardware. I created an image of the source drive using Ghost 2003.
When I rebooted the source PC to WinXP the minisetup started and showed the name of the PC to be changed to the name indended for assignment to the clone.
I was suprised to see minisetup run on the source PC and was concerned about the computer name change.
I changed the name of source PC back to the original name and was able to join the Win 2003 domain.
When I cloned the destination PC and booted to WinXP it too ran minisetup as intended. Joining the domain, however, failed with a message indicating that a user account with the same name was already logged on.
What caused the failure? Is there a way to get the cloned system to join the domain? Would you expect any other problems with the source or cloined PCs?