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[Xen-users] Rapid Windows Provisioning

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Subject: [Xen-users] Rapid Windows Provisioning
From: "Nick Couchman" <Nick.Couchman@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 10 Dec 2009 12:11:09 -0700
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I know this is slightly off-topic for this list, but it seems like a good place 
to ask it...

I'm trying to find a way to rapidly provision Windows-based domUs.  I'm very 
familiar with tools like sysprep, and also have tools available to create "gold 
images" of the Windows installs and make those available quickly.  The primary 
challenge I'm running into is the machine name and domain membership.  I was 
wondering if anyone knows of a way to change the machine name and join a 
Windows domain while the computer is booting.  Although Microsoft has made 
great strides in not asking you to reboot after every single operation, 
computer name and domain membership is one of those tasks that still, 
curiously, requires a reboot.  I'm guessing some of the services need to be 
restarted after a change of either of these - if I knew which ones, perhaps a 
boot-time script could be run that would set the machine name, join the Windows 
domain, and then restart the services that need to be restarted in order for 
the changes to take effect?  Anyway, if anyone can help out with this, I'd 
appreciate it!


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