Setting Up New Workstations

Posted on 2011-09-19
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I have to setup 4 new workstations. Is it a better practice to take a brand new machine and join it to the domain first then install all apps or is it better to install all apps before you hoin it to the donmain?

Which way is better and why?
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emilgas earned 250 total points
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here is the official best practice. you set one computer up, it doesn't matter if you connect it to the domain or not if you are going to use sysprep to create your master image, but if you are not going to do Sysprep, then you should NOT connect them to the domain because the domain will reject it saying a computer with the same name exists.

So it's better to set up the pc without joining them to the domain, image it, and replicate the image to the other 3. once the others are imaged, then joing them to the domain with different names.

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Brian earned 250 total points
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If you are not going to do imaging and just do them one at a time:
 - Run all OS updates
 - Join to the Domain
 - Install your Apps

Some applications will install differently in a domain environment than in a stand alone mode. Granted, I see most of the those Apps in the legal and medical proffesions, but I think it is still a best practice.

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The thing I find with doing it by imaging is there are often subtle differences  between machine even ordered around the same time.

I am speaking primarily driver versions and such.

How do you keep a master image when dealing with this?

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Brian earned 250 total points
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Are the PCs the same exact model and version?
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emilgas earned 250 total points
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95% of the time slightly different models still have the same components so that shouldn't matter, but if they are completely different models with different motherboards, then imaging is not your solution.

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