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Advanced settings for new clients

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Advanced settings for new clients

You can use the advanced settings of Remote Installation Services (RIS) to configure settings for new clients. With advanced settings, you can define a policy that provides each remote installation client computer with a name that is unique on the network. For information on how to do this, see Computer names.

You can use advanced settings to determine the default directory service container in which the client computer machine account objects will be stored. You can also group client computers within a specific Active Directory domain or organizational unit.

A user setting up the client computer and using advanced settings must have the appropriate user rights to create computer accounts within Active Directory. For more information, see Allow a user or group to create a RIS managed computer account in the domain.

Computer account location

This option is available in advanced settings. Use it if you want to define the default Active Directory container for all remote installation client computer accounts prior to installation. To specify a location, select one of the following:

Default directory service location
Specifies that the client computer account object is created in the Computers container by default during the domain join operation. The client computer becomes a member of the same domain as the RIS server installing the client.

Same location as that of the user setting up the client computer
Specifies that the client computer account object is created within the same Active Directory container as the user setting up the computer. For example, if a user logs on whose user account currently resides within the Users container, the client computer account is also created within the Users container.

The following directory location
With this option, you can predetermine where client computer account objects are created in Active Directory. This option affects all client computers installed from this server.


  • This topic does not apply to Windows Server 2003, Web Edition.

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