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07 Nov 2010   #11
xarden

Windows 7 Enterprise
 
 

Cheers,
Been comparing the specialize pass with one that I've got, and it looks similar.
Narrowing it down specifically to the Shell Setup, this is what I've got.

Code:
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="###" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
      <ComputerName>*</ComputerName>
      <CopyProfile>false</CopyProfile>
      <ShowWindowsLive>false</ShowWindowsLive>
      <TimeZone>New Zealand Standard Time</TimeZone>
</component>
Aside from the value of <copyprofile> (btw, does this work for you??), the only difference is the ordering of the items...
Yours: CopyProfile -> ShowWindowsLive -> TimeZone -> ComputerName
Mine: ComputerName -> CopyProfile -> ShowWindowsLive -> TimeZone


Im not entirely sure if thats going to make a bunch of difference, but try it out anyway.

Failing that, I'l have a chat with someone else around here and see what they suggest.


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07 Nov 2010   #12
devlin7

7 Professional
 
 

Thanks Xarden. I'll give it a whirl.
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07 Nov 2010   #13
devlin7

7 Professional
 
 

The order made no difference. Neither did setting the copy profile to false but it sure was worth a crack!
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07 Nov 2010   #14
xarden

Windows 7 Enterprise
 
 

Bummer.
Had a quick chat with one of the other guys. He doesnt know either.
The only other thing I can think of suggesting, is to rebuild the unattend file with nothing in it except for something to identify that it was processed.

Such as, do a scratch build of win7. Make a image of it.
Make a new unattend with one setting. Sysprep it. If it works, great! Bring that image back down, and add another setting (or two, if you're pressed for time) to the unattend.
Its a process of elimination, so I'd probably start with the computer name setting. Just to see if that actually gets processed, without another setting being the cause of everything breaking.
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07 Nov 2010   #15
devlin7

7 Professional
 
 

Yes that makes sense, I have plenty of time to tinker. Thanks for all your help!
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08 Nov 2010   #16
xarden

Windows 7 Enterprise
 
 

No problem, thats what we're here for.
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08 Nov 2010   #17
devlin7

7 Professional
 
 

Hi Again,

I stripped everything from the file except the specialize phase windows shellsetup_neutral. The only answers specified were the timezone and the computername. It still prompted for the computer name. As I said before it isn't a big problem. I don't even have to specify the right computername, I can just press "enter" as I am using FOG for the imaging and it will rename the machines to the right name based on their MAC. I just need to walk around and press enter once.
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08 Nov 2010   #18
xarden

Windows 7 Enterprise
 
 

I guess its time to invest in a decent chair with wheels. Maybe an oar too.
I get enough walking to the coffee machine and back...
Maybe something like this:
W7 Imaging-race-chairs_kdiyu_48.jpg

I've recommissioned a T61 'for testing'.
We too have a system that renames our machines according to the DNS & DHCP servers, but anything to do with imaging and Win installs is my job, so I need to know this too.
If I make any progress, I'll be sure to let you know.


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08 Nov 2010   #19
xarden

Windows 7 Enterprise
 
 

Thinking back, when we started our Win7 builds, all our computer names had the prefix IT-### (### being random letters).
So I had a look at another answer file from around that date, and the only "IT" string was in the RegisteredOwner node.

So, I've just done a scratch build from CD, and made up this answer file:
Code:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
    <settings pass="specialize">
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="###" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
            <RegisteredOrganization>Test_Org</RegisteredOrganization>
            <RegisteredOwner>Test_Own</RegisteredOwner>
            <ComputerName>*</ComputerName>
            <TimeZone>New Zealand Standard Time</TimeZone>
        </component>
    </settings>
    <cpi:offlineImage cpi:source="catalog:d:/wim/x86/install_windows 7 enterprise.clg" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />
</unattend>
Ran sysprep three times using this command:
sysprep /oobe /generalize /unattend:"C:\windows\system32\sysprep\unattend.xml"

Prep 1.) Organisation: Test Org; Owner: Test owner;
Result: Computer name: Test-####; no prompt at setup

Prep 2.) Organisation: Organisation Test; Owner: Owner Test;
Result: Computer name: Owner-####; no prompt at setup

Prep 3.) Organisation & Owner omitted from xml
Result: Owner-####; no prompt at setup

I think Prep 3 kept the organisation and owner details somewhere from the prior runs. Right now Im rebuilding from CD to redo Prep 3 again, with the Owner and Organisation nodes removed.
This, I expect, will prompt for a computer name.
I'l confirm this again by adding those nodes back into the XML, and running sysprep.
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08 Nov 2010   #20
xarden

Windows 7 Enterprise
 
 

Prep 4.) Organisation & Owner omitted from xml
Result: MICROS-####; no prompt at setup

Prep 5.) Organisation: Organisation Test; Owner: Owner Test;
Result: Computer name: Owner-####; no prompt at setup

This suggests the <computername>*</computername> is prefixed with the registered owner value.
Because none was specified, it defaulted to MICROSOFT.
But still, every sysprep never prompted for a computer name...
The only time it did was the initial installation from CD.

I'd suggest adding the <RegisteredOrganization> and <RegisteredOwner> nodes into the Shell Setup in the specialize pass.
Make it just above the <ComputerName> Node though...
See how that works out.
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