Using PowerShell scripts within a task sequence provides more flexibility than using the CustomSettings.ini file to join a computer to a domain. The parameters of the CustomSettings.ini file are common to any deployment you perform. That's why creating a custom PowerShell script to join your domain will be customize to only your environment, so the security risk is very low.
Here is the code to join a domain using PowerShell:
$strUser = "bjtech\Administrator" $strDomain = "bjtech.edu" $strPassword = ConvertTo-SecureString "P@55w0rd" -AsPlainText -Force $Credentials = New-Object System.Management.Automation.PsCredential $strUser, $strPassword $strOU = "OU=STAGING,DC=LOCAL,DC=BJTECH,DC=EDU" Add-computer -DomainName $strDomain -Credential $Credentials
Once you have created your *.ps1 file and copy it to the script folder under your deployment share. You will then haveto call it within your Task sequence. I placed my PowerShell script command in the “Custom Task Node”. Open your Task Sequence > Click on Add > General > Run PowerShell Script
Within the PowerShell Command Line you will call the PowerShell Script within your script folder: %SCRIPTROOT%\BTNHD\JoinDomain.ps1