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Moving Computer into different OU after computer is joined to domain using Vmware Customization Specifications

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I have created a Windows Server 2008 R2 template and I am able to get it to join my domain using the customization specification.  Using a Run Once script in the customization I am able to move the computer from one OU to another.  My problem is that it does this after the machine has been created, rebooted and got group polices from the Computers OU, which I don't want.  Is there a way to tell VMware that I want the machine created in a certain OU instead of the Computers OU?  
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Not that I'm aware of; I believe that is a reflection of Active Directory, not VMware.

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What you could do is create a NEW OU called "New Computers" and BLOCK ALL GPO's on that ou. Then set AD to use that ou for All new computers joining the domain. Now you can move them before any GPO's get applied.

See http://support.microsoft.com/kb/324949
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Of course you could just precreate the computer object in AD in the OU you want them in. That way when you join the computer to the domain it already knows where it lives :D
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what about changing the folder that your computers go into when they join the domain:

redircmp ou=computers1,DC=test,dc=com

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/324949

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Why not join the VM to a workgroup and on the RunOnce run a script that joins the machine to the domain using netdom where you can specify the OU (maybe as a variable).
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@Sinder255…

Please do not repost what has already been said INCLUDING the same links to the same articles. Read a thread before you post please.
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I can't redirect where the computer go into because of our security policy, If a machine is joined to the domain and not moved to the correct OU then it will get the basic Group Polices.  I tried doing a run once script in the customization specification to join it to the domain using the netdom join command but it joins it to the domain and then VMware moves it to a workgroup.  My last effort, and I don't want to do this, is to try a runonce script in Windows itself to join it to the domain using netdom.  This means I would have to set this each time I want to power up this template to make any changes to it.
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So like I said create the computer account First in AD where you need it.
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I was able to figure out a "workaround" to solve my problem.  First I created a bat file that joins the server to the domain in the OU I want and put it on the root of the C: drive on the template.  In the Customization Specification this is what I changed:

Under the Administrator Password I checked Automatically log on as the Administrator and set it to 1.

Under Run Once I added the batch file so it will run when administrator logs in.

Under Workgroup or Domain I changed it to Workgroup and called it VMTEMPLATE

Now after it does its Sysprep thing and reboots a couple of times it logs back into windows as the administrator and joins to the domain and reboots.
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Why go to all that effort When you could do as I guested and just open ADCU and create a computer object before you deploy the machine? Take you what? 20 seconds?
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That is all well and good but I want to deploy my template and walk away and when I come back it is ready for me to install what I need too.  
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It would be. Your sat at your desk, you think OOOH I need to deploy a new machine, open ADUC, create a new computer object in your deploment container and then in VCenter you deploy your template. Job done.

What you could of course do is script the whole lot with powershell, have a single script that you run, asks you what template to deploy, what computer name it is to have and then does the rest for you.
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I was able to figure out what I was wanting to do.
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