30Aug2006 - Some of this is out of date please verify and fix

Notes: These instructions are for creating a base OS image. Very little modifications are done, mainly just securing the system. This image is the base for Nexus, grad workstations, and staff workstations.

Install OS

  1. Delete all partitions on hard drive.
  2. Install OS on a new 3gig. NTFS partition.
  3. Use UofW license number for base image (sysprep.inf will be used during install of sysprepd image, it will contain license number).
  4. For Name/Organization, use School of Computer Science/University of Waterloo.
  5. Correct regional settings (time, time zone, date, etc).
  6. When prompted to supply user names, for user #1, create CSCF-adm

Modify System

Device Drivers

  1. After the computer has rebooted and comes up with a desktop, ensure you are logged in as CSCF-adm (select Start, on top of window that appears, username is listed)
  2. Press CTRL-ALT-DEL and change blank password to standard password
  3. Run the Device Manager to see what device drivers are needed (run:devmgmt.msc)
  4. Install all needed device drivers.
  5. Once that has been setup, reboot machine


  1. Use temporary name and ip and configure system (networking will be changed just before creating image file)
  2. For DNS, use, The Campus DNS won't resolve our Active Directory names (SRV records).
  3. In the General tab, ensure show icon in notification area when connected is checked.

OS Updates/Patches

  1. Using private vlan or cd, install all needed OS patches and updates before going onto the campus network.
  2. Reboot as directed

Modify Control Panals

  1. Change log in method so username and password are required
  2. Open the Control Panal and select Classic View

Internet Options

  1. Select Internet Options and change Home Page to
  2. Select OK and return to Control Panel

User Accounts

  1. Select User accounts, and from the listed tasks, choose Change the way users log on and off
  2. Uncheck Use the Welcome screen
  3. Use Fast User Switching should automatically uncheck itself
  4. Apply changes and then return to Control Panel.
  5. Go to My Computer and right click and select Manage
  6. From the management console, select USERS/GROUPS
  7. Highlight the administrator account and change password to blank/null This will make using a sysprep.inf easier for use.

Taskbar and Start Menu

  1. Select Taskbar and Start Menu
  2. Uncheck Group similar taskbar buttons
  3. Check Show Quick Launch
  4. Uncheck Hide inactive icons
  5. Select Start Menu tab and check Classic Start Menu
  6. Select OK and return to Control Panel


  1. Select System and go to the Remote tab
  2. Make sure Remote Assistance and Remote Desktop are unchecked (disabled).
  3. Select OK and return to Control Panel

Folder Options

  1. Select Folder Options and choose View tab
  2. On the Advanced settings: window, scroll to the very bottom and uncheck Use simple file sharing
  3. Select OK and return to Control Panel.


  1. Select Administrative Tools and choose Event Viewer
  2. Select each event type (Application, Security and System) and change properties so that the log size is 10 megs instead of 512 KB and that events are overwritten as needed.
  3. Return to Control Panel

Default Printer

  1. Select Printers and faxes and choose Add Printer
  2. Create a Local Printer
  3. In the Ports list, scroll down and select FILE
  4. For a driver: select Apple Laserwriter 16/600PS
  5. Printer Name: Print to a Postscript File
  6. Do not share the printer
  7. Do not print a test page
  8. Once the print queue is created, select the printers properties and install duplex printing on the Device Settings Tab.
  9. Return to Control Panel
  10. Close Control Panal

Set Network Time Server

  1. From a command prompt or the RUN command, change the time server by using the following command: set net time /
  2. Close command prompt window

File System Additions

  1. Create a directory called software in the root of the system drive
  2. Set permissions so that:
  3. administrators = full control
  4. creator/owner = full control
  5. system = full control
  6. Create subdirectory \i386 and copy files from installation medias \i386 directory
  7. Enter the following < > into registry, this will re-direct system to look in c:\software\i386
  8. Create a directory called temp in the root of the system drive
  9. Set permissions so that:
  10. administrators = full control
  11. creator/owner = full control
  12. system = full control

Reboot machine.


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