I've updated the wiki to include changes that we discussed that allowed me to have a successful XP deployment.
http://wiki.oscr.ncsu.edu/wiki/index.php/Creating_a_base_windows_ESX_image_for_VCL#More_stuff_to_do Summary of Changes: - Added "Setup environment for Remote Access". - Without this, the user is unable to RDP into the admin account VCL creates. - Moved VCL Sysprep scripts to the end of the section AFTER auto_create_image.vbs. - If done before, scripts will log you out of root during setup. - Added to copy VCLprepare.cmd to the Group Policy Logon Folder - Added comment to not include path, but only include Filename for log on/off scripts - Without the two mentioned above, you see the problem where its pointing to Documents & Settings and admin will always be logged out after reservation. - Added gpupdate /force command Thanks to Andy, Aaron, and Brian for all your help. On Wed, Apr 15, 2009 at 10:30 AM, Melba Lopez <milo...@gmail.com> wrote: > Thanks for those links. They should come in handy. :) > As for the logon scripts, I was referring to the admin account. When > loging into the admin account VCL creates after a successful reservation, it > logs me out immediately (doesn't even show desktop). All I'm able to see is > "saving settings". > > > > On Wed, Apr 15, 2009 at 10:03 AM, Aaron Peeler <aaron_pee...@ncsu.edu>wrote: > >> Your right - we're in the slow process of putting documentation at the >> Apache wiki: >> <http://cwiki.apache.org/VCL/> >> >> Please note this is going to be the official location. >> >> A rough outline of the documentation organization. >> <http://cwiki.apache.org/VCL/documentation-organization.html> >> >> With the steps to create a base XP image: >> <http://cwiki.apache.org/VCL/creating-base-windows-xp-image.html> >> >> We'll be fine tuning and stream lining these steps as we move forward. >> >> Likely with the two methods in mind: >> 1) a perl based capture_image script, that would do most if not all of the >> step 8 ssh service is installed and configured. >> 2) using the web interface to capture a image from a node >> >> >> Yes there is a set of post load scripts or logon scripts that the root >> account runs during the autologon process. >> These are outlined in steps 13 and 14 >> >> Aaron >> >> >> --On April 14, 2009 4:59:39 PM -0400 Melba Lopez <milo...@gmail.com> >> wrote: >> >> Initially after deploying our XP image, RDP continued to refuse >>> connection >>> using the credentials given in the VCL web interface. We later found >>> this >>> link (not mentioned in the wiki), that requires you to enable remote >>> connection. (Perhaps this should be added to the wiki?) >>> >>> >>> http://vcl.ncsu.edu/help/applications-images/creating-windows-xp-base-ima >>> ges >>> >>> 3. Setup environment (most of following are recommendations just to >>> create >>> default configuration): >>> - go to Start->My Computer->right click and choose "Show on Desktop" >>> - in "System Properties" (Start->My Computer->right click->Properties) >>> under "Remote" tab, check "Allow users to connect remotely to this >>> computer" - IMPORTANT! >>> >>> >>> After enabling this setting and redeploying, we encountered a new error >>> where admin logs you in momentarily and quickly logs you out of the >>> account. >>> >>> I tried this several times, even redoing the image to ensure I followed >>> the steps in the wiki, but I see the same result along with some >>> inconsistencies in between. I've encountered 2 different scenarios more >>> than once (with the same base image unchanged): >>> >>> Scenario 1: >>> Once the VM is booting, root gets logged in and it runs its scripts. >>> Because of the VCLprepare.cmd script, it should automatically log off >>> root, but in this scenario, this does not happen. Thus, I go and log off >>> root manually. I then see the "admin" account in the gui. I try to RDP >>> with the credentials (and try the downloaded rdp file), and it will >>> quickly log me in and out. >>> >>> Scenario 2: >>> VM boots up and root logs in, runs scripts and logs out. The gui only >>> shows root and does not show an "admin" account. I try to RDP with the >>> credentials (and try the downloaded rdp file), and it will quickly log me >>> in and out. When I reboot the VM, the admin account now shows up in the >>> gui. Using the downloaded rdp file, it gives me an error connecting to >>> the VM. I then try using RDP manually, I'm able to login to admin, but >>> it quickly logs me out. >>> >>> What scripts are being run at admin logon? Is there a script or a >>> setting I forgot to implement? >>> >>> >>> -- >>> Melba Lopez >>> milo...@gmail.com >>> >> >> >> >> Aaron Peeler >> OIT Advanced Computing >> College of Engineering-NCSU >> 919.513.4571 >> http://vcl.ncsu.edu >> > > > > -- > Melba Lopez > milo...@gmail.com > -- Melba Lopez milo...@gmail.com