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I have just setup an environment using WDS and the Microsoft Deployment toolkit to push images out to our machines.

The only thing I am now struggling with is naming the machines. I would like to just give them an incremental name like you used to be able to using wds (the variable was %[0][n]# in the machine name options) but i cant see anywhere in the deployment toolkit to do this.

There are other option like serial number, mac address etc but i really wanted an incremental number. Is there maybe a way to hack the lighttouch scripts to get this to work?

Thanks Luke

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It's not exactly what you're looking for but take a look at http://blogs.technet.com/mniehaus/archive/2009/12/06/ris-style-naming-with-mdt-2010-use-a-web-service.aspx to see how you might be able to achieve what you want. I'm due to take a look at this to see if I can use it internally at our sites but haven't gotten to it. It looks pretty good and a 90% possible replacement for the RIS style naming options.

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thanks, that looks promising, i have a go at it this week –  beakersoft Jan 31 '10 at 15:23

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