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Windows Server® 2012 Unleashed by Chris Amaris, Andrew Abbate, Omar Droubi, Guy Yardeni, Michael Noel, Rand Morimoto

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Pre-Creating Active Directory Computer Accounts for WDS (Prestaged Systems)

When imaging a system using the default boot and install images, WDS automatically generates the name of the computer and uses the credentials specified during the image deployment to add the imaged system to the Active Directory domain of which the WDS server is a member. WDS uses the configuration settings in the WDS Properties, AD DS tab, as shown in Figure 26.8, to define the Client Naming Policy format for computers and to define which domain and container the new computer accounts will be created in.

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Figure 26.8. WDS Properties page for new computer account, AD ...

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