Domain Join and Roll out of Software to 200 Plus machines in a 2012 enviroment

Hi All,

We are looking into how we can add 200 plus oem desktop PCs to a domain, and push install office 2013  with volume license to these machines.

What would be the best and quickest course of action to do this?

The biggest issue i can see from this is getting the PC names to create a script/powershell script to add these pcs to the domain.

Next the installation of the office software, how would this be done? I was thinking we would use windows deployment services? Am i correct?

Any hep is greatly aprreciated.

YB team
YellowbusTeamAsked:
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Guy LidbetterCommented:
You have  few options here. WDS is used for rolling out images, so you could easily do that if you have a prepared image with all the software on.

Or you could look into SCCM (System Centre Config Manager) or since you're using Server 2012 you have the option of DSC (Desired State Configuration).
YellowbusTeamAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the update Guy,

Is there any other options we can use?

Cheers
MicrosoftSavvyCommented:
a couple of easy ways...

if they are all on the subnet you can create a batch file (put the software on a share).

or

you can use something like PDQ Deploy...
MicrosoftSavvyCommented:
I tried editing my last comment but its not working right, anyway here is a couple of links on how to join computers to the domain from command (which would let you script it)

https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/22315110-cf36-440b-9590-ba1d78b4331d/join-domain-after-windows-7-installation-with-commandline-without-unattendxml?forum=w7itprogeneral

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/Cc788049.aspx

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