vSphere Cloning Windows 7 Guest Customisation vSphere 5
Posted on 2012-04-05
I am trying to clone a windows 7 VM and configure the guest using a script specified in the guest specification manager. I am trying to set the name of the computer to be the same as the VM (works fine) and add the computer to our internal network domain. I have filled in the domain Administrator username and password [and I have set the username to be Administrator @XXXX.com (fully qualified domain Name) and the domain login to be <user>@domain_FQDN].
Once the cloning processes completes, I turn on the network adapter and start the VM and then windows goes through a setup process (windows shows Setup is Applying System Settings) at the end of which I am logged into the system automatically (presumably this uses the Administrator account details that i supplied in the Guest Specification manager script) . I can see that the computer name has been changed to match the VM, but the domain hasn't been changed, its still on the default workgroup WORKGROUP. I can go in and add the computer manually to the domain but of course this is what I am trying to avoid. Any ideas what I am doing wrong or where I could start looking? I dont see any errors in the C:/windows/TEMP/vmware-imc/guestcust file. The vSphere logs dont show up anything either.
For a start, should the first restart post cloning be connected to the network or not?