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RIS again, Multiple domains, 1 RIS server, how?

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Ok,

I got the last problem worked out with the help of another member here.  Now I have another question...

I have a network that I inherited that I am in the process of working on.

There is a primary domain, and currently 2 child domains (there are actually 6 domains that are being shifted into the new structure).  The RIS server I have setup is on one of the child domains.  I would like to be able to use that single server to setup systems for each of the domains, but I am not sure how to do this.

It seems that the configuration in the RIS setups doesn't easily allow for one to selectively join different domains.  The closest thing to what I need appears to be in the .sif file and it states:

JoinDomain = %MACHINEDOMAIN%

But, I'm not sure what I could change it to.  Ideally I'd like it to ask me what domain to join, or workgroup to join.  there are actually a couple of small workgroups here as well and most computers are the same, but they just have different domain / workgroup selections.  I know there has to be a way to do this, just not sure how / where / what.


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You can change the JoinDomain parameter in the sif file. Also, you can use multiple sif files for a single Image on the RIS server.
So you can make a copy (in the same folder) of your sif file for each Domain you have ( i.e. DOMAIN1.sif, DOMAIN2.sif) and change the JoinDomain/AdminPassword and [OSChooser]-Description parameters in each. Then restart the RIS services and the images will be available.
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Ok, I think I follow, is the AdminPassword unencrypted?  Or is there a way to encrypt it at all?  I'd hate for just anyone to see the admin passwords ;)

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Or is there a way to get it to prompt for the domain and/or admin password?  These installs will never be completely unattended due to the structure of where I work.
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You should set NTFS permissions on the \i386\Templates folder that allow only the persons (administrators) that are allowed to RIS clients Read permissions.
If you don't fill in the AdminPassword in the SIF, you'll be prompted for it during installation.
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