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Hey guys,


I have managed to get our image working flawless except for one point during the windows installation. The issue is that during the setup, windows try's to login as .\Administrator. For whatever reason it gets stuck and says the password is incorrect. The password is the same as our Administrator password but we are really looking more or less to take this login or pass out of the equation in general when we are pushing images. Is this possible?


Thanks for any help!

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We are pushing images using Ghost
We are dealing with Domains, but it is connecting after the manual login
This happens on both our images (Dell // Lenovo)
This is our current answer file http://pastebin.com/wGCRp4SA

Edited by n0xi3, 17 June 2011 - 09:43 AM.



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Think you may need this instead and can use that during Audit or OOBE
<UserAccounts>
   <AdministratorPassword>
      <Value>cAB3AEEAZABtAGkAbgBpAHMAdAByAGEAdABvAHIAUABhAHMAcwB3AG8AcgBkAA==</Value>
      <PlainText>false</PlainText>
   </AdministratorPassword>
</UserAccounts>
            <AutoLogon>
                <Domain>intra.ecu.edu</Domain>
                <Enabled>true</Enabled>
                <LogonCount>3</LogonCount>
                <Username>Administrator</Username>
            </AutoLogon>

Edit: added autologon

Edited by maxXPsoft, 17 June 2011 - 08:13 AM.

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Added those changes, but problem still existed.

After the System is configuring settings page it pops up with the .\Administrator login and says the password we entered was incorrect. I then proceed to login manually and it restarts and everything from there works flawless.

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are you sure you have the word Administrator
it's lowercase in your example

http://www.msfn.org/...486#entry888486
Look at how to make the panther.cmd on a usb or floppy and then you can figure out error in the logs
Capture it right at point it errors

Edited by maxXPsoft, 17 June 2011 - 09:32 AM.

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Meant to be uppercase, Ill be sure to edit that.

I will take a look at panther.cmd and see what it says. Might not get to this until next week though =( I will be back to update for sure. Do we need to install all of those things in order for the panther.cmd to spit out what were looking for? And are we running this where our answer file is? or on the PC we are trying to push the image to? The instructions got me kind of lost.

Ill be sure to update with what we come up with.

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Panther is a folder contains all the setup information as Win is installing. will run at almost any point after setup begins. The .cmd is really handy for figuring out exactly where you error at.
usually the error will be in the $Panther\UnattendGC\setupact.log
If you can't find it then post a link or attach the log and I or someone will take a look

Edited by maxXPsoft, 17 June 2011 - 08:38 PM.

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Attached is what we came up with. I am not sure we are running the program correctly. We ran sysprep.exe and then used the cmd file afterwards and it gave us the $Panther folder with some error logs and etc. (the folder is zipped below).

I am not really sure what to make out of it, or how it relates to our problem. Any suggestions from here?

Attached File  $Panther.zip   130.42KB   5 downloads

We may need to use it when we are Imaging the computer instead of just running sysprep?

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Edited by n0xi3, 21 June 2011 - 07:38 AM.


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Are you running this on a pre installed system? I see log file goes back to 2010-12-29 and in setuperr.log has 2 dates and some errors but I can't find that error on google
Try wiping the disk and start over.
Remember VM is better than it used to be but not all things will work the same as an actual run
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That day you have is the date the image was originally captured from the machine. However some of the errors back then are not applicable now since our unattend files change. We are going to run a new image and see what panther says then. We will let you know what it comes up with. Hopefully it will show us errors that are happening for us to get stuck.

I will go ahead and make a new post once this is done. Not sure when we will get to it though. (hopefully later today)

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The 2010 dates are normal. You can ignore those.

The problem appears to be that your domain join fails, yet the OS still attempts to log in.

2011-06-17 10:43:42, Error                        [DJOIN.EXE] Unattended Join: NetJoinDomain failed error code is [2691]
2011-06-17 10:43:42, Error                        [DJOIN.EXE] Unattended Join: Unable to join; gdwError = 0xa83

The fact you have a .\ means it is not liking the domain name you have specified? Have you tried specifying the short domain name instead of the fully qualified domain name? Also a usage recommendation... you should have an account created in AD that is used for joining computers to the domain, rather than actually using the main domain admin account. :ph34r:

Anywawys, Windows is trying to log into the local Administrator account, but that account is disabled. I also see that OOBE does not see an OOBE pass, and that you are not creating a local user account! I wouldn't think you could log into a system that (technically) has no accounts. You should create at least one local account to be added into the Administrators group, even if you never actually use it.

Your generated Unattend also is showing this:
<JoinWorkgroup>WORKGROUP</JoinWorkgroup>

So let's try to figure out why your system can't join the domain. Can you confirm that the system has an IP address at the time it attempts to join the domain? If you are not certain, you should be able to check your DHCP server for an IP lease.

EDIT: the "NetJoinDomain failed error code is [2691]" error in the log means the client could not reach the DC.

Edited by Tripredacus, 21 June 2011 - 08:42 AM.

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Tripredacus glad you joined in as I was about to msg you to see if you could see what is wrong, NetJoinDomain is not my thing but know you have done it
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Tripredacus glad you joined in as I was about to msg you to see if you could see what is wrong, NetJoinDomain is not my thing but know you have done it


Actually, I'd use the forum a lot on that part. I've never tried to do an unattend and join a PC to a domain, so I have little knowledge on that entire process and how to fix it. I just read other users posts and try to figure something out based on them.
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We tried what you suggested but it got stuck trying to log into that account and would not join the domain. Which is worse then what we had. Were going to change the files back to what we were at originally since that did not work.

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found this on Technet

I found out that you have to add a local user in your unattended XML file, then joining the domain will work. If you work with pre-staged computer accounts though, setup will generate a random name for your PC and won't use the pre-configured computer account.


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Now whenever we send the image through ghost the Administrator account does not log in automatically but whenever we log it in manually, it runs sysprep and then disables the account when we try to log in after the restart.. Do we know why this may be happening we are pretty stuck. Let us know if we need to send you anything.

Edited by n0xi3, 23 June 2011 - 02:13 PM.


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Why do you need the Administrator account? I usually just create 2 accounts (if needed) with 1 local admin account (at least) and 1 local user account, then login with whatever.

I ask this of clients too that want to use the Administrator (built-in) account, what do you need it for? And usually no one can give a reason for it. :rolleyes:
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Because we are on a domain setup, we use the Local Administrator account to install any specific software that is not included in our images. We really havn't found a good alternative to this.

We have tried a bunch of different things.. looks like it still is not connecting to the domain anymore.

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Yes and that is one thing I think may be problem
You have a user logging in to domain <Username>*****tech</Username> yet you turn around and use Administrator also
Can you use the tech user to install?
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We tried using the tech one on friday for all of the passes but we replicated the same exact problem =(

We will try some more stuff and I will update soon, but if you have more suggestions please go ahead and throw them up.

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We tried using the tech one on friday for all of the passes but we replicated the same exact problem =(

I think your image was not created correctly and most likely creating problems. I am guessing you installed and then captured?

To use an image for redeployment with xml you must use Audit mode and then do sysprep specifying the 2nd xml as in this example
start sysprep /generalize /oobe /shutdown /unattend:Unattended_Win7.xml
You can then have the Unattended_Win7.xml on a usb or floppy and it will see it when you go for a test install
Depending on what users you used here. You do not want to install applications as Administrator or they might not be useable by other users.

Audit mode xml example here and you call the sysprep line above at very end then capture when it does the /shutdown
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We have actually ran into a bigger issue, I am going to post a new thread.

http://www.msfn.org/...tiple-machines/

Edited by n0xi3, 30 June 2011 - 01:26 PM.


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Are you saying that while troubleshooting this issue, it became the one in your new thread? Or are you saying that you are experiencing two sets of issues?
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