ADS - Administrator password not being set

Discussion in 'Server Setup' started by Mark, Jan 21, 2004.

  1. Mark

    Mark Guest

    I have a variable setup in my sysprep.inf file as well as in the sequence
    that I am running to set the adminstrator password on a device. After I
    deploy the captured image, the administrator password is not being set. The
    password that is being is the one that was used when I was last logged onto
    the system prior to capturing the image.

    I am also setting the device name with a variable which works without a
    problem.

    Any suggestions on why the admin password variable would be skipped?

    thanks.

    Mark
     
    Mark, Jan 21, 2004
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  2. Mark

    joegrammer Guest

    Hi Mark,
    It's good to see I'm not the only one working through the kinks of ADS. You've put out several questions and some of them sound kind of familiar. I've been working with ADS for the past 2-3 months.
    First the password. You need to enter the correct data into the sysprep file population step following download of the image. You should also do a search of the Unattend\setup folder for the password that you end up with. Why you look there is a long answer, but if you follow the code that creates the text files in this folder, it should make some sense. Maybe.
    As far as restarting the Controller service goes, I had to do that a few times when I was first setting up ADS and thrashing on it. Now that I have the thing set the way I want it I don't seem to have that problem. I haven't had to restart the controller service in several weeks and I do not reboot the server.
    The only time I've had issues with a server booting into da was if the system time was off. The only display issue that I've found to be persistent is that you have to refresh every screen manually. That's a huge pain, but you get used to it.

    I hope some of that helps. Good luck. Once you get ADS figured out and set up the way you need it, it is great. I can build a basic server in the lab in 25 minutes
     
    joegrammer, Jan 21, 2004
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  3. Mark

    Mark Guest

    Thanks for the reply.

    I am still having issues with the password. I set the variable
    "adminpassword" on the device itself. This corresponds to the key within
    sysprep.inf labled ^adminpassword^. Within my sequence, ^adminpassword^ key
    is equal to $adminpassword$ value.

    I have the same setup with the machinename, which works everytime.

    I am basically using parts of the default sequence and sysprep.inf files
    that come with ADS. I know I have had it work sucessfully in the past, but
    now it doesn't seem to.

    Mark

    You've put out several questions and some of them sound kind of familiar.
    I've been working with ADS for the past 2-3 months.
    file population step following download of the image. You should also do a
    search of the Unattend\setup folder for the password that you end up with.
    Why you look there is a long answer, but if you follow the code that creates
    the text files in this folder, it should make some sense. Maybe.
    times when I was first setting up ADS and thrashing on it. Now that I have
    the thing set the way I want it I don't seem to have that problem. I haven't
    had to restart the controller service in several weeks and I do not reboot
    the server.
    system time was off. The only display issue that I've found to be persistent
    is that you have to refresh every screen manually. That's a huge pain, but
    you get used to it.
    up the way you need it, it is great. I can build a basic server in the lab
    in 25 minutes
     
    Mark, Jan 22, 2004
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    joegrammer Guest

    Did you check for all instances of the password name in the Unattend folder structure. That's how I found the problem when something like this happened to me. Except it was setting the password to one supplied with ADS. ADS has a section that dynamically creates the sysprep.inf file (in multiple files) and the overwrites the one you thought you were using. It sounds like the same problem.
     
    joegrammer, Jan 22, 2004
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  5. Have you tried setting a null password in your base image? We had the
    same type of problem until we did that, sadly. (Not with ADS, but with
    sysprep and a different deployment technology.)

    Laura
     
    Laura A. Robinson [MVP], Jan 23, 2004
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  6. Looks like I may be expounding upon an existing answer. But here are my
    thoughs and a KB.

    Sounds like you are running sysprep with a non-blank password. Then
    attempting to change it using the Sysprep.inf? If so that will not work.

    200607 Unable to Change Admin Password Using Sysprep
    http://support.microsoft.com/?id=200607

    "The Administrator password on the master system must be blank if it is to
    be changed by using the mini-setup wizard."
     
    Michael Anderson [MS], Jan 28, 2004
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  7. Mark

    Mark Guest

    Thanks for all the replies. I was capturing my image with a non-blank admin
    password. After capturing the image with a blank admin password, everything
    works as normal.

    Mark
     
    Mark, Jan 29, 2004
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