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Guest Customization and W2K8/WIN7: Bug or Feature?

Guest customization with Windows 2008 R2 64-bit and Windows 7 64-bit

Here’s one I came up against in the last week and half. I’ve been playing with Win7-64-bit as part of my work on the new View 4.5 beta program. I’m beginning the move away from Windows 2003 Enterprise 32-bit as my standard – and everything I do is going over to Windows 2008 R2 64-bit and Windows 7 – 64-bit. Basically, its good bye to everything 32-bit in my lab environment – and a big hello to needing more disk space and memory.

A buddy of mine from EMC ping me an email saying his Guest Customizations weren’t joining the domain for pooled desktops – he was a bit ahead of me. But sure enough when I got there. I had the same problem. I’ve seen this problem in both Windows 2008 R2 and Windows 7. Basically, if you complete the desktop like this – it doesn’t work. The guest gets renamed, and its IP set – but it just doesn’t join the domain.

However, if you complete the dialog in this way – it works just dandy

I have a feeling this an undocumented or obscurely documented version of sysprep… but I’ve not found any source that confirms or denies if this a bug or feature…

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