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Hi guys, Im wondering if you gurus could kindly help out with the following.
We would like to have a computer join our domain to the following OU in our domain:

As this will be part of a build process, the computer name should be a variable

OU=Sales,DC=companyA,DC=Com

Is there a way to write:

1.Display on the screen if this had been successful, and
2. to a log file the result to see whether this had been successful

Any help greatly appreciated.
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If you are using powershell v2 you can use the add-computer cmdlet

Add-Computer -domainname Domain02 -OUPath "OU=testOU,DC=domain,DC=Domain,DC=com"

or

C:\PS>Add-Computer -domainname Domain02 -cred Domain02\Admin02 -passthru

Description
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This command adds the local computer to the Domain02 domain by using the credentials of a domain administrator. The command uses the PassThru parameter to generate a brief report about the results of the command.


http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd347556.aspx

To rename the computer you can use the function that Michael B Smith posted on his blog.

http://theessentialexchange.com/blogs/michael/archive/2008/02/04/Rename-Reboot-with-Powershell.aspx
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Hi Ken, thanks so much for this.

We are tyring to create a build image for Windows 7.

Id like to slowly replace our existing vbs scripts with powershell, but dont know how to activate usage of powershell in a winpe environment. Is this possible to do?
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The .Net framework is not directly supported in the WinPE env. Take a look at this link.

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/w7itproinstall/thread/61a7b6e9-2190-4672-bac5-cb6a0bb52b7e
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Hi KenMcF,
Ken, silly question possibly, but how does something like MDT from Microsoft then use powershell in a winpe environment?
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Sorry, you are correct. The link I posted before was before MDT2010 was released. With that release you are able to run powershell.
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Thanks so much Ken really appreciate it.
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