Enable build-in Administrator account in Windows 7 after sysprep in Deployment Solution 6.9

Article:TECH195105  |  Created: 2012-08-16  |  Updated: 2012-12-12  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH195105
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If a customer has enabled the default Window's Administrator account, the account will be disabled after running the "Create Disk Image" using the  [Prepare using Sysprep]


All versions of Deployment Solution 6.9


This is not an issue unique to DS. By default, Microsoft disables the built-in administrator account because it is a potential security hole. All DS does is supply a sysprep file to Windows 7 that returns the built-in Administrator to the default state which is 'disabled'


You can modify a sample copy which is located under \Altiris\eXpress\Deployment Server\Sysprep\standardwes7.xml
You may download the updated 'unattend.xml' attached to this article.
To use a custom unattend.xml, in the Distribute Disk Image task, under [Prepared using Sysprep], there is a [advanced settings], select [use the following answer file].


Unattend.xml file which adds a section to re-enable the built-in Adminstrator account in Windows 7
custom7.xml (2 kBytes)

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See also:  How to prevent Microsoft Sysprep from disabling the local administrator account on Windows 7

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