Friday, March 26, 2010

Lab Manager Enable Local Admin Account Vista

Since you can’t modify unattend.xml or really do anything else to keep it enabled through sysprep (which auto disables it)

Do this:

Create %WINDIR%\Setup\Scripts\

Create SetupComplete.cmd (make sure no hidden extensions like SetupComplete.cmd.txt)

Edit that file, put this in there:

net user administrator /active:yes

(optional change password)

net user administrator new_password

After Windows is installed, but before the logon screen appears, Windows Setup searches for the SetupComplete.cmd file in the %WINDIR%\Setup\Scripts\ directory.  If a SetupComplete.cmd file is found, the file is executed. Otherwise, installation continues normally. Windows Setup logs the action in the Setupact.log file.

That should do it, now that Template should keep local admin enabled even after sysprep.

2 comments:

Rick Blythe said...

Hey Brian, it's Rick on the Knowledgebase Team.

Do you think we could add this to the official KB?

Brian Smith said...

Feel Free to, any way I can help.