Grad Student Laptop Deployment

This information pertains to laptop systems. For desktops, see GradStudentPCdeployment (Notes as of Fall 2006)

Core Group

  • The core group's involvement is clearer that it used to be. For now, they will order the laptops and bags, plus provide an optical mouse and a lock.


  • Create deployment sheet for each grad student, using Word Mail Merge, if desired.
  • Affix password label to each sheet
    • Passwords.doc: Passwords Merge document (designed for Avery 5167 Label sheets)
    • This requires a text file with the first line "Password" and the following 80 lines are pre-generated passwords
    • The password generator is in CFPrivate.RT54825
  • keep sheet near PC for password maintenance
  • "Leave-behind" sheets
    • When systems are deployed, we need to leave an information sheet that directs people to where to acquire passwords (or, in the case of laptops, the system itself). These are customized per-PoC, but not per-client.
    • lt-leave-trg.doc: sample leave-behind for laptops
  • PoC contact information sticker
    • We're putting a sticker on each system identifying its PoC. Here is a Word document to generate these:
    • PoC.doc: Point-Of-Contact labels (requires Avery 5167 stock)
  • If machines won't be ready before students will arrive, we've created a "Not Ready" document:

Laptop cable locks

  • Obtain a lock and reset its password to something of the client's choosing (we obviously cannot distribute locks with the "standard" password).
  • Record the password in the E+I entry for the laptop.

Do not add the machine to a Research OU

  • We have to experiment with "disconnected" Domain machine before we can commit to adding laptops to the domain.


Install Grub, setup printing and add user

  • You will need the RIP CD for the following procedure
  • Note: in the following - if you cannot chroot, you will need to re-image the drive
  • Follow the Ubuntu Install notes


Test Windows installation

  • Boot the machine into Windows
  • Look for any error messages and get past them - may need to boot to recognize new device(s)?
  • login as cscf-adm (on local system)
  • X-Win32-XServer -> Unblock

Enable Windows Defender icon in status bar

  • Open Windows Defender
    • Tools -> Options
    • Toggle radio button - "Show icon all the time"

Assign password to Administrator

  • My Computer -> Manage -> Local Users & Groups -> Users
    • Administrator -> right-click - Set Password
    • use the random password ffixed to the information sheet

Reboot PC

Setup printing using LPR

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