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We're building an automated QA enviroment for our dev team using SCVMM and I was wondering if there's an easy way to add guest machines to AD from SCVMM.

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Yes its possible to do this, using a syspreped image, something that you can create without SCVMM if you use SysPrep. Information on SysPrep can be found here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb457073.aspx (This is XP specific but there are articles for Win7).

SCVMM makes it easier to prepare your image, as you can image a VHD from within the software as outlined in the following technet article: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc956136.aspx

Creating the Virtual Machine from a template is outlined here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc764306.aspx pay attention to the section on the answer file which is how you will auto join your VM to the domain.

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thanks! i'll go ahead and try this. –  Todd SJ Simmer Feb 23 '11 at 14:32

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