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Join a Domain using Windows SIM

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Start up Windows SIM and in the components section of Windows Image, expand the section called Microsoft-Windows-UnattendedJoin

 

right-click it and choose Add Setting to Pass 4 Specialize

 

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in the Answer File pane, click on the newly added setting and expand it, select Identification and enter the Domain name in the JoinDomain value.

 

In addition, if you want to log domain join failures (logs to c:windowspantherunattendGC) then set the DebugJoin option from false to true

 

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f.y.i the error below is from a test deployment and actually happened when the computer failed to join the domain

 

 

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Browsing the log file mentioned above (setupact.log) showed me this:-

 

 

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and the reason why it failed to join the domain ? wrong password specified in the XML file...

 

click on Credentials under Identification, and enter your domain name/user/password for the account which will join this computer to the domain

 

 

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validate your answer file by clicking on the Validate icon, check the messages pane to ensure there are no warnings or errors.

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