Advice on joining to domain

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    Avatarmclark
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    Hi. I am starting on a deployment of approximately 40 R90L7’s and 15 C90LE7’s. I am debating on whether to join them to the domain or not. What is your opinion on the pros or cons of this? Also, if they should be joined to the domain, are there any special hints or tips I need to be aware of, or a list of things I need to do. Some questions I thought of were: Do you run SysPrep on them? Once you push an image to a device how does renaming it work with the domain, since the FBWF is on? I am using WDM 4.8.5 Workgroup edition to manage the clients.

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    Hi, I was thinking about that, too, but I did not find any advantage in joining them to the domain, except if you need to work with a lot of GPOs, which I don’t. So I configured e.g. NTP-Server in my image, as it’s common for anyone.
    The management is done pretty good by the WDM and that will be possibly your “only” tool for administration. Once you push out an image to a new client it should check in with a default name and you can rename it there. No sysprep necessary. WDM will handle the FBWF.

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    ConfGenConfGen
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    You should take a look at this doc “How to create a XPe based image ” in the Products-XPe section.
    Although not 100% fitting the WES7 needs, it should give you a good start on how to prep an image correctly before pulling/pushing.
    Domain integration is not recommend but sometimes usefull. If you are using a lot of GPOs or want a seamless ICA integration.
    But you have to make 100% sure that you have real good working roaming profile in place. Otherwise you will have hundreds of user complaints.

    CG

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    This is a good question, as we are starting to roll out C90LE7’s. I want to keep them off our domain, but we use Active Directory Integrated Secure Updates for our DNS. The issue is that the machine has to be in the Domain Computers group for an A record to be added/updated via DHCP. The only real issue it causes is when we want to VNC into the computer. Does Wyse Device Manager make it easy in displaying non-domain joined thin clients of this model and we can use the console to VNC into them?

    Some ideas I had was to use DHCP Reserved addresses and manually create an A record.

    Feedback is appreciated.

    thanks

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    Once the client connects to the WDM (as you configured the correct IP/name) you can use vnc directly from the WDM. You are free to add comments to any device, e.g. the user’s/owner’s name.

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