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Unattend XML, computer name = serial #?

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We are setting up WDS. Is there a way to set it up so that a computer name is automatically set to its serial #? I'm assuming if this is possible it is done using the unattend xml?
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You can give the computer a random name but I know of no way of reading the serial no from the BIOS - its not supported
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Is there a way for the unattend to call a powershell script? if so, I have a script that does it
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE
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I was on a thread recently where another expert, aadih, recommended these command lines for obtaining the serial number:

c:\windows\system32\wbem\wmic.exe bios get serialnumber

c:\windows\system32\wbem\wmic.exe csproduct get identifyingnumber

I tested both and they worked fine on my computer. Another expert, mnkhawaja, recommended this PowerShell command:

gwmi win32_bios

I tested it and it worked, too, although it returned four other fields in addition to the serial number. Regards, Joe
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by:Metaltree
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yes I have a way to get the serial # but the question is how can I apply it the computer name via the image install process - KCTS says it is not possible
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE
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Ah, got it! You may want to try Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) for your deployment. It may be downloaded here:
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=5753

Then take a look at this thread:
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/f8d9014b-643a-4cfb-953a-81bbb4c444d3/computername-serial-number-waik?forum=w7itproinstall

Regards, Joe
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