Newbie - Join Domain not Working, Post-sysprep Still Logs In as unattend.xml Setup User Acct



  • Hi all - well this could be me either being unfamiliar with sysprep, with the FOG rename/join tool or a combination of some of these!

    Following @Sebastian-Roth 's help I am fairly sure I have the domain join settings sorted in FOG. Now, here comes the tricky bit I’m stuck on…

    I install W10 from disc to VM, don’t remove much of anything, don’t even set up or change the local admin password/account. I copy the following three files to the c:\windows\system32\sysprep\ folder on the client, and then I run the following little batch file first:

    @echo off
    delprof2 /q /id:setupuser /i
    NET USER setupuser /DELETE
    powercfg -h off
    rem C:\Support\Tools\Shutup\OOSU10.exe ooshutup10.cfg /quiet
    del /F c:\windows\system32\sysprep\panther\setupact.log
    del /F c:\windows\system32\sysprep\panther\setuperr.log
    del /F c:\windows\system32\sysprep\panther\ie\setupact.log
    del /F c:\windows\system32\sysprep\panther\ie\setuperr.log
    del /F "C:\Program Files (x86)\FOG\fog.log"
    del /F "C:\Program Files (x86)\FOG\token.dat"
    rem "C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox Guest Additions\uninst.exe"
    copy SetupComplete.cmd C:\Windows\Setup\scripts\ /Y
    copy unattend.xml C:\Windows\System32\Sysprep /Y
    reg import C:\Support\Tools\ResetERAgentUUID.reg
    net stop FOGService
    sc config FOGService start= disabled
    sc config EraAgentSvc start= disabled
    cleanmgr /sagerun:1
    defrag c:
    c:\windows\system32\sysprep\sysprep.exe /oobe /generalize /shutdown /unattend:c:\windows\system32\sysprep\unattend.xml
    

    As you can probably see this deletes a setup user (I don’t follow quite why the tutorial I followed puts this step in as the unattend.xml to follow recreates them. This might well be my problem even but idk.)

    So, unattend.xml looks like:

    <!--*************************************************
    Windows 10 Answer File Generator
    Created using Windows AFG found at:
    ;http://www.windowsafg.com
    
    Installation Notes
    Location: Network
    Notes: LHS
    **************************************************-->
    
    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    <unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
    <settings pass="windowsPE">
    <component name="Microsoft-Windows-International-Core-WinPE" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
    <SetupUILanguage>
    <UILanguage>en-US</UILanguage>
    </SetupUILanguage>
    <InputLocale>0809:00000809</InputLocale>
    <SystemLocale>en-US</SystemLocale>
    <UILanguage>en-US</UILanguage>
    <UILanguageFallback>en-US</UILanguageFallback>
    <UserLocale>en-GB</UserLocale>
    </component>
    <component name="Microsoft-Windows-International-Core-WinPE" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
    <SetupUILanguage>
    <UILanguage>en-US</UILanguage>
    </SetupUILanguage>
    <InputLocale>0809:00000809</InputLocale>
    <SystemLocale>en-US</SystemLocale>
    <UILanguage>en-US</UILanguage>
    <UILanguageFallback>en-US</UILanguageFallback>
    <UserLocale>en-GB</UserLocale>
    </component>
    <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Setup" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
    <DiskConfiguration>
    <Disk wcm:action="add">
    <CreatePartitions>
    <CreatePartition wcm:action="add">
    <Order>1</Order>
    <Type>Primary</Type>
    <Size>100</Size>
    </CreatePartition>
    <CreatePartition wcm:action="add">
    <Extend>true</Extend>
    <Order>2</Order>
    <Type>Primary</Type>
    </CreatePartition>
    </CreatePartitions>
    <ModifyPartitions>
    <ModifyPartition wcm:action="add">
    <Active>true</Active>
    <Format>NTFS</Format>
    <Label>System Reserved</Label>
    <Order>1</Order>
    <PartitionID>1</PartitionID>
    <TypeID>0x27</TypeID>
    </ModifyPartition>
    <ModifyPartition wcm:action="add">
    <Active>true</Active>
    <Format>NTFS</Format>
    <Label>OS</Label>
    <Letter>C</Letter>
    <Order>2</Order>
    <PartitionID>2</PartitionID>
    </ModifyPartition>
    </ModifyPartitions>
    <DiskID>0</DiskID>
    <WillWipeDisk>true</WillWipeDisk>
    </Disk>
    </DiskConfiguration>
    <ImageInstall>
    <OSImage>
    <InstallTo>
    <DiskID>0</DiskID>
    <PartitionID>2</PartitionID>
    </InstallTo>
    <InstallToAvailablePartition>false</InstallToAvailablePartition>
    </OSImage>
    </ImageInstall>
    <UserData>
    <AcceptEula>true</AcceptEula>
    <FullName>setupuser</FullName>
    <Organization></Organization>
    <ProductKey>
    <Key>W269N-WFGWX-YVC9B-4J6C9-T83GX</Key>
    </ProductKey>
    </UserData>
    </component>
    <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
    <DiskConfiguration>
    <Disk wcm:action="add">
    <CreatePartitions>
    <CreatePartition wcm:action="add">
    <Order>1</Order>
    <Type>Primary</Type>
    <Size>100</Size>
    </CreatePartition>
    <CreatePartition wcm:action="add">
    <Extend>true</Extend>
    <Order>2</Order>
    <Type>Primary</Type>
    </CreatePartition>
    </CreatePartitions>
    <ModifyPartitions>
    <ModifyPartition wcm:action="add">
    <Active>true</Active>
    <Format>NTFS</Format>
    <Label>System Reserved</Label>
    <Order>1</Order>
    <PartitionID>1</PartitionID>
    <TypeID>0x27</TypeID>
    </ModifyPartition>
    <ModifyPartition wcm:action="add">
    <Active>true</Active>
    <Format>NTFS</Format>
    <Label>OS</Label>
    <Letter>C</Letter>
    <Order>2</Order>
    <PartitionID>2</PartitionID>
    </ModifyPartition>
    </ModifyPartitions>
    <DiskID>0</DiskID>
    <WillWipeDisk>true</WillWipeDisk>
    </Disk>
    </DiskConfiguration>
    <ImageInstall>
    <OSImage>
    <InstallTo>
    <DiskID>0</DiskID>
    <PartitionID>2</PartitionID>
    </InstallTo>
    <InstallToAvailablePartition>false</InstallToAvailablePartition>
    </OSImage>
    </ImageInstall>
    <UserData>
    <AcceptEula>true</AcceptEula>
    <FullName>setupuser</FullName>
    <Organization></Organization>
    <ProductKey>
    <Key>W269N-WFGWX-YVC9B-4J6C9-T83GX</Key>
    </ProductKey>
    </UserData>
    </component>
    </settings>
    <settings pass="offlineServicing">
    <component name="Microsoft-Windows-LUA-Settings" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
    <EnableLUA>false</EnableLUA>
    </component>
    </settings>
    <settings pass="offlineServicing">
    <component name="Microsoft-Windows-LUA-Settings" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
    <EnableLUA>false</EnableLUA>
    </component>
    </settings>
    <settings pass="generalize">
    <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Security-SPP" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
    <SkipRearm>1</SkipRearm>
    </component>
    </settings>
    <settings pass="generalize">
    <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Security-SPP" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
    <SkipRearm>1</SkipRearm>
    </component>
    </settings>
    <settings pass="specialize">
    <component name="Microsoft-Windows-International-Core" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
    <InputLocale>0809:00000809</InputLocale>
    <SystemLocale>en-GB</SystemLocale>
    <UILanguage>en-GB</UILanguage>
    <UILanguageFallback>en-GB</UILanguageFallback>
    <UserLocale>en-GB</UserLocale>
    </component>
    <component name="Microsoft-Windows-International-Core" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
    <InputLocale>0809:00000809</InputLocale>
    <SystemLocale>en-GB</SystemLocale>
    <UILanguage>en-GB</UILanguage>
    <UILanguageFallback>en-GB</UILanguageFallback>
    <UserLocale>en-GB</UserLocale>
    </component>
    <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Security-SPP-UX" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
    <SkipAutoActivation>true</SkipAutoActivation>
    </component>
    <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Security-SPP-UX" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
    <SkipAutoActivation>true</SkipAutoActivation>
    </component>
    <component name="Microsoft-Windows-SQMApi" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
    <CEIPEnabled>0</CEIPEnabled>
    </component>
    <component name="Microsoft-Windows-SQMApi" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
    <CEIPEnabled>0</CEIPEnabled>
    </component>
    <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
    <ComputerName>-PC</ComputerName>
    <ProductKey>W269N-WFGWX-YVC9B-4J6C9-T83GX</ProductKey>
    </component>
    <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
    <ComputerName>-PC</ComputerName>
    <ProductKey>W269N-WFGWX-YVC9B-4J6C9-T83GX</ProductKey>
    </component>
    </settings>
    <settings pass="oobeSystem">
    <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
    <AutoLogon>
    <Password>
    <Value>*password*</Value>
    <PlainText>true</PlainText>
    </Password>
    <Enabled>true</Enabled>
    <Username>setupuser</Username>
    </AutoLogon>
    <OOBE>
    <HideEULAPage>true</HideEULAPage>
    <HideOEMRegistrationScreen>true</HideOEMRegistrationScreen>
    <HideOnlineAccountScreens>true</HideOnlineAccountScreens>
    <HideWirelessSetupInOOBE>true</HideWirelessSetupInOOBE>
    <NetworkLocation>Work</NetworkLocation>
    <SkipUserOOBE>true</SkipUserOOBE>
    <SkipMachineOOBE>true</SkipMachineOOBE>
    <ProtectYourPC>1</ProtectYourPC>
    </OOBE>
    <UserAccounts>
    <LocalAccounts>
    <LocalAccount wcm:action="add">
    <Password>
    <Value>*password*</Value>
    <PlainText>true</PlainText>
    </Password>
    <Description></Description>
    <DisplayName>setupuser</DisplayName>
    <Group>Administrators</Group>
    <Name>setupuser</Name>
    </LocalAccount>
    </LocalAccounts>
    </UserAccounts>
    <RegisteredOrganization></RegisteredOrganization>
    <RegisteredOwner>setupuser</RegisteredOwner>
    <DisableAutoDaylightTimeSet>false</DisableAutoDaylightTimeSet>
    <FirstLogonCommands>
    <SynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
    <Description>Control Panel View</Description>
    <Order>1</Order>
    <CommandLine>reg add "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ControlPanel" /v StartupPage /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f</CommandLine>
    <RequiresUserInput>true</RequiresUserInput>
    </SynchronousCommand>
    <SynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
    <Order>2</Order>
    <Description>Control Panel Icon Size</Description>
    <RequiresUserInput>false</RequiresUserInput>
    <CommandLine>reg add "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ControlPanel" /v AllItemsIconView /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f</CommandLine>
    </SynchronousCommand>
    <SynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
    <Order>3</Order>
    <RequiresUserInput>false</RequiresUserInput>
    <CommandLine>cmd /C wmic useraccount where name="setupuser" set PasswordExpires=false</CommandLine>
    <Description>Password Never Expires</Description>
    </SynchronousCommand>
    </FirstLogonCommands>
    <TimeZone>GMT Standard Time</TimeZone>
    </component>
    <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
    <AutoLogon>
    <Password>
    <Value>*password*</Value>
    <PlainText>true</PlainText>
    </Password>
    <Enabled>true</Enabled>
    <Username>setupuser</Username>
    </AutoLogon>
    <OOBE>
    <HideEULAPage>true</HideEULAPage>
    <HideOEMRegistrationScreen>true</HideOEMRegistrationScreen>
    <HideOnlineAccountScreens>true</HideOnlineAccountScreens>
    <HideWirelessSetupInOOBE>true</HideWirelessSetupInOOBE>
    <NetworkLocation>Work</NetworkLocation>
    <SkipUserOOBE>true</SkipUserOOBE>
    <SkipMachineOOBE>true</SkipMachineOOBE>
    <ProtectYourPC>1</ProtectYourPC>
    </OOBE>
    <UserAccounts>
    <LocalAccounts>
    <LocalAccount wcm:action="add">
    <Password>
    <Value>*password*</Value>
    <PlainText>true</PlainText>
    </Password>
    <Description></Description>
    <DisplayName>setupuser</DisplayName>
    <Group>Administrators</Group>
    <Name>setupuser</Name>
    </LocalAccount>
    </LocalAccounts>
    </UserAccounts>
    <RegisteredOrganization></RegisteredOrganization>
    <RegisteredOwner>setupuser</RegisteredOwner>
    <DisableAutoDaylightTimeSet>false</DisableAutoDaylightTimeSet>
    <FirstLogonCommands>
    <SynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
    <Description>Control Panel View</Description>
    <Order>1</Order>
    <CommandLine>reg add "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ControlPanel" /v StartupPage /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f</CommandLine>
    <RequiresUserInput>true</RequiresUserInput>
    </SynchronousCommand>
    <SynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
    <Order>2</Order>
    <Description>Control Panel Icon Size</Description>
    <RequiresUserInput>false</RequiresUserInput>
    <CommandLine>reg add "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ControlPanel" /v AllItemsIconView /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f</CommandLine>
    </SynchronousCommand>
    <SynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
    <Order>3</Order>
    <RequiresUserInput>false</RequiresUserInput>
    <CommandLine>cmd /C wmic useraccount where name="setupuser" set PasswordExpires=false</CommandLine>
    <Description>Password Never Expires</Description>
    </SynchronousCommand>
    </FirstLogonCommands>
    <TimeZone>GMT Standard Time</TimeZone>
    </component>
    </settings>
    </unattend>
    

    …Which to my mind, is what should happen, then ideally upon a restart that setupuser acct should have something that deletes it. I’d think. Either after the domain join or before/during. No sweat if that account has to stay as I can bin it with Group Policy after imaging, if there’s not cleverer way to go about it ofc.

    So then, the ideal solution of course is to be able to image a PC, have it restart and rename itself and then sit where it should/previously did in AD (OR move it to an OU of my choosing, for a sort of just-imaged pool of machines.)

    Is that enough to go on? As you can probably tell I’m just finding my feet. Thanks so so much in advance for any patient help!



  • Folks, thank you all so much for the advice here. And patience along with it too.

    I got this working. Luckily enough, with the last image, the golden PC/VM did see internet, but all behaved perfectly.

    Very minimal autounattend.xml manually edited to knock out a few options, FOG domain join worked super.

    Again though very big thanks for nursing me through this one. It’s all working as it should and I’m extremely happy. 🙂



  • I am finally getting back to tackling this and I just wanted to thank everyone SO much for all the patient posts here and the time taken to write them.

    I’ll be looking into this over the coming weeks and I’m feeling way better about it all.

    Thanks everybody for all that. 🙂



  • Thank you all so so much. Right after this emergency planning for corona virus hit and I’d been taken off it.

    That’s all wonderful, having skim-read it I’ll be in a better position to take it all apart.

    Bless you. 🙂


  • Testers

    Also, here’s my ranting on unattend and sysprep that I can’t seem to stop myself from interjecting.

    There are also multiple places you can put the unattend.xml file to get it to be used. I put it in 2 places C:\unattend.xml and C:\windows\system32\sysprep\unattend.xml I could have swore you had yours in a panther folder when I first read this, but it looks like I read that wrong or you edited while I was writing. I reference the one in the root of C in my call to sysprep and have it in the sysprep folder as a fail safe because it is a place that sysprep looks for the file. Is the unattend file doing what you expect? You have some winpe commands and partition creation commands in there. Are you using winPE in your process or is that just from the guide you found?

    There are many ways that you can use sysprep and fog. The way I do it is

    Install windows 10 onto vm
    Hit Ctrl+shift+f3 at the oobe screen to enter audit mode
    Run my base customization script (copies some custom files, copies some network drivers, installs some basic default programs)
    Run my cleanup script (defrag, cleanmgr, sfc, dism, chkdsk, provision the metro/uwp apps to my liking…I’m thorough…)
    Copy the unattend file and run sysprep with sysprep.exe /audit /reboot /unattend:C:\Unattend.xml

    My unattend file is then set to run the Audit System pass, the Audit User pass, then the generalize pass and then shuts down. At that point I capture the image. I use the reseal property in unattend.xml to control which phase comes next.

    Then when I deploy the image, it is a generalized image with no drivers but with lots of customization built in. Right after the image deploys the unattend file continues in specialize phase where, among many other things, the network drivers I copied earlier that apply to the hardware get added to ensure network connectivity. Then the oobe phase starts where all the oobe wizard stuff gets skipped because it is all already answered and then I use the firstlogoncommands section to start up a custom provisioning powershell module/script that sets everything up across a few reboots. I use the built-in admin user during those firstlogon setup pieces, I find that much easier and more reliable then setting up a separate user, the builtin admin usually has a better time with initial setup and having admin rights to do everything you want to, you can always disable the admin account once all is done.

    That may all sound kinda complicated, but once you get it set up and scripted, it’s pretty simple.

    My point in sharing all this, is you mentioned your new, and I want to let you know that there’s not just one way to handle all this. It’s good that you’re wanting to use sysprep at least. I was once a misguided soul and tried to find ways around it.

    I see that you used a website to generate the answerfile. It looks like a decent starting point. I would reccomend making the whole thing yourself using the windows system image manager. It’s not quite as easy, but you’ll be able to see how much more you can do. https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/customize/desktop/wsim/windows-system-image-manager-technical-reference. Once you download the adk you can extract your windows 10 iso somewhere and load it up into the system image manager and start messing with it.

    I could go on and on, but I don’t want to scare you away. Hopefully I haven’t already. It is completely possible to use somone elses or a web generated unattend file and image with fog without breaking any windows licensing or custom ids. I just felt, once I read through the documentation and gave it a try, that it was worth it to make it myself the official windows way. And I found that they have a lot of documentation on the topic. Here’s some more to look at, docs.microsoft.com is your friend in this adventure.

    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/customize/desktop/unattend/
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/manufacture/desktop/sysprep--system-preparation--overview


  • Testers

    So if the root problem you want to solve is fog joining the domain I think I see an issue, but could be missing something. So in your script that starts sysprep you have it copy a setupComplete.cmd. I also see that you have it disable the fog service. Does setupcomplete re-enable and start the fogservice back up? If it is starting backup are you getting any error messages in C:\fog.log on the imaged machine?


  • Moderator

    I can say I have a pretty complex setup for imaging and reading yours I have to say OMG…

    Here is an example of my unattend.xml file: https://forums.fogproject.org/topic/11920/windows-10-1803-sysprep-problem/6

    In your unattend.xml file there are entries for disk and partition creation. If you are using FOG for imaging then you don’t need that section because FOG is already creating the partitions for you.

    A couple of other things. I’m not sure why you are deleting any user accounts. I can say I’ve never deleted any built in user accounts. I have used the unattend.xml file to create local users but never had to delete them first.

    The unattend.xml file should go into the c:\windows\panther file not in the older setup folder.

    I don’t use the fog client so I have the unattend.xml file name the computer and connect it to AD. I use a fog post install script to update the unattend.xml file on the target computer before oobe starts. You can use the fog client service to do this, I just happen to use a different method.

    In our case we use Microsoft’s MDT to build the golden image. Right after MDT is done we run sysprep and then capture the image with FOG.

    In my environment as OOBE is running the unattend.xml file places the target computer in a build OU so no GPO policies are applied to the computer. As you can see in the first run section of the unattend.xml script there is a call to a script to move the computer to a predefined OU. This is just a call to a vbs file we created to move the computer to the destination OU. This call could be made from the setupcomplete.cmd file but we select the first run to make sure everything was setup first then move the computer and reboot.

    To aid in sysprep don’t let your golden image computer reach out to the internet. If it does the golden computer will start to update windows and break sysprep.


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