I will try to be as specific as possible. I would really appreciate if you could do the same, if possible. I am attempting to image multiple identical machines in a closed network using a unmanaged gigabit switch. I am using Symantec Ghost Solution Suite 2.5 and newSID solely to deploy images. I performed a clean install of Windows XP Pro on my reference (master) computer, installed all applications and utilities. I currently only have the local administrator account and and the default guest account within User Accounts. I am preparing to create an image using Symantec Ghost Solution Suite 2.5 before deploying and restoring the image to multiple computers. I will use newSID once the image is successfully deployed. The network administrator has finally implemented Active Directory on the domain and has setup an AD GPO generic account called USER.
My real question surrounds whether I should join the established domain account called "STUDENT" via the domain on my reference (master) computer, rename the computer and join the domain with a generic computer name before creating a Ghost image that will be deployed/restored to multiple target computers, then login to the local administator account of the target computer and run newSID on each computer to change the SID only, then change the computer name to match the specific room location and join the AD domain ? Will this cause a problem within the domain since I am joining the domain on the reference (master) computer before creating and deploying the image? Or, should I provide the reference (master) computer with a generic full computer name in a WORKGROUP (not joining the domain) before creating a Ghost image, then deploy/restore the image to multiple target computers, then run newSID to change SID only. Then, change the computer name to match the room location and join the domain. Then, simply login to the "STUDENT" profile via the AD domain. I seriously hope I didn't confuse anyone besides myself.