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I am using an unattend.xml for a custom image that i can successfully deploy with WDS.  The only issue is that I keep getting prompted to review the date and time settings prior to being able to log onto the domain.  I am guessing there's an item missing from my unattend.xml?  The xml works perfectly i when I don't use WDS.
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There are 2 unattend files used for WDS. Are you sure you've applied your unnatend file to the image-specific one?

Also, is your time setting in the OOBE pass of the XML?

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The image i am making now has the time setting in OOBE, it did not before - it was in specialize only.  I did not know that there is 2 answer files.
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Here is a good guide to explain the answer file:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd637990(v=ws.10).aspx

It's likely that once you have it in OOBE, your problem should be fixed.

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setting it on the OOBE worked a treat.  I notice that the copyprofile option does seem to work when using WDS.  The answer file i am using is still embedded in the image.  Maybe if i use the answer file on the wds server, it will do what it is meant to?

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Yes, you need to have the answer file on the WDS server. I have run into some issues with the copy profile as well. Just make sure copyprofile=true is in the Specialize path and that should do the trick.  If you still have issues with the answer file being embedded in the image, I've added cmd commands into my answer file that delete them after booting into windows. It's a great way to do last minute cleanup. You can find them under OOBE in amd64_Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup_6.1.7600.16385_neutral, 'FirstLogonCommands'.

Hope this helps.

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Thanks for all your help so far.  It's working well.  Why would someone want to use the MDT 2010?  Using the MDT 2010 upsets the normal setup logic of Windows 7.  I would like to maybe use the MDT 2010 to deploy my wds captured image.  What other criteria would make someone consider using the MDT?

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I don't see any benefit of using MDT to deploy the image. Really, you're just adding more work. If you already have WDS set up, it's very easy to deploy images through it. I use WDS to deploy all of my images across the network.

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How big is your network?  Naming conventions is something that is coming to my mind.  If you have different sites with their own WDS, then you could apply a naming convention per site.  Is it possible to specify different naming conventions on a single WDS server?

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I don't know of a way to have different naming conventions per site in WDS. You could use different answer files for different sites that would name it however you'd like, or you could just name if after the fact.

We have 4 buildings, all with different naming conventions. I simply change the naming convention in WDS before I deploy as I don't deploy to more than a single building at the same time.

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Great stuff.  When i leave the unattend in the image, the windows machine auto joins the domain.  When i put the unattend on the wds and use the unsecure domain join, it just stays in a workgroup. Is there some other setting?

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I had some issues with that too. Take a look here:

http://www.petenetlive.com/KB/Article/0000494.htm

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its actually just occurred to me that I am using a standard user account that has only rights to download the image from the WDS.  I would need to give that user delegated rights in AD?

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I believe so. I use my own account when imaging, so it isn't an issue.

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It was indeed the permissions of the account i was using.  Thanks so much for all your help - great work

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very helpfull

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