Posted on 2009-04-01
Trying a couple of things here, i would like some help with. the number one thing is that we are creating an Operating System image for deployment (Drop ship) from dell. we want the end user to boot the system up, input some user information to be stored in the registry, and then continue finalizing.
What we are currently doing to acheive this is creating a master image for the individual machines ( we really mostly only use two models that will be coming from dell) and running sysprep . When Sysprep would normally reboot, we are taking the image there before it comes up and begins its routines.
What i want to accomplish is this : We want to intercept the Sysprep process, before it comes up, and have the user put that information in, walk away and the thought is it finish doing sysprep from there. that way we dont have the end user standing around waiting for it to complete a task before they can put this info in
Does anyone have any ideas on sysprep specifics that would allow me to do something like this ?
Also we are toying around with an application called "Mysysprep" which will allow us to autogenerate PC names that have the dell service tag in them as well as a 3 character company naming convention. this actually works great, but it doesnt seem to join the machine to the domain now when using this application, although the information is still in sysprep.inf. If anyone has experience with this please let me know.