How to use WDS to pre-stage computers for a separate domain
Posted on 2014-04-29
We are an MSP and have almost 100 new computers we need to deploy an image to for a client. We do not have a third party image deployment utility, so I will need to use WDS. I have set up WDS before and captured / deployed images with answer files in the past, but this was all within the domain the computers were to remain in.
The challenge here, which may not be possible, is to set up all of the computers at our office, connected to a switch on our LAN, create an image, capture, and deploy to all of the computers, then transport the computers to the client site and set up. I would like this to be a plug and play deployment when we bring the computers to the client site. My issue is they will be deployed on our domain, so when they join the domain they will be joining the wrong domain. IS there a way to pre-join the image (or configure in answer file) to a domain that the computer is not able to communicate with?
Note, we are using server 2012 WDS server (on the DHCP server and will be deploying a Windows 7 image. Any and all suggestions, as well as links to good guides are appreciated. Thank you.