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GUID of Pre-Staged Computer Appears Different Than as Typed

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When you pre-stage a computer to Active Directory using the Active Directory Users and Computers Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-inand you select the "This is a managed computer" option, you must type the computer's globally unique identifier (GUID).

A pre-staged system with a GUID entered in this way refers to the clients that will be using the Remote Install service (RIS) to install Windows 2000. Pre-staging ensures that only clients that have been pre-staged by the administrative staff can use this service.

When you view the GUID of the pre-staged computer, the GUID may be different from the GUID you entered.

For example, assume that you type the follow GUID:
The summary page may display the following GUID:
The GUID appears different because the first 16 bits are reversed from the order in which they were typed. This matches the representation of the GUID sent when a client boots sends its GUID to the server, and it matches the format in which the GUID is displayed when you view a client's properties.

Article ID: 228905 - Last Review: 01/09/2015 20:20:40 - Revision: 2.2

Microsoft Windows 2000 Server, Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server

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