x2gen017v1.TIB NOTES

  • Location: \\asimov.cscf.uwaterloo.ca\IMAGES\core (being created)
  • Created March 2012
  • Using Acronis Disk Backup and Recovery 10, NOT version 11 and NOT ghost
  • 64-bit Windows 7 Enterprise (IST) / 64-bit Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
  • Passwords: Fall 2011

System Requirements

  • must have 64-bit support in the CPU, including PAE (Physical Address Extension)
  • RAM: 1GB+ (2 or more recommended)
  • recommended dual-core +

Partitioning Scheme, Main hard drive (based on 600gig hd)

  • 100meg MS system Partition
  • C Drive: 250gig, NTFS
  • D drive: 50gig, NTFS
  • sda5: 250gig, ext4
  • sda6: 16gig, swap (2 x ram)

Partitioning Scheme, Second hard drive

  • not formatted

Boot Loader

  • MS boot loader to choose Win7 or Ubuntu
  • If you choose Ubuntu, GRUB 2 is initiated, GRUB2 is installed on linux main partition.

Windows Driver Search redirection (magore)

  • Create a driver directory called c:\drivers and put all your drivers there
  • Modify the registry key
HKLM/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/DevicePath and append the string below - be sure to include the ; ;c:/drivers

Installed Windows 7 Apps

  • MS boot loader
  • EasyBCD 2.1.2
  • Office 10 (IST)x64
  • Open Office 3.3.0
  • Symantec Antivirus (IST)
  • MS Home Security Essentials
  • Thunderbird 10.02
  • Firefox 10.02
  • 7-Zip x64bit 9.2
  • Ghostgum/ghostscript x64bit 9.05/5.0
  • Adobe Reader X, Flash, Shockwave
  • Leno Thinkvantage system update
  • Sun Java
  • MS Live
  • VLC v2.0.0
  • GIMP v2.6.12
  • Smartmontools 5.42-1
  • Matlab x64 2010A
  • Areca 7.2.5 x32
  • Printers setup using cups
  • Remote Desktop enabled on master image

Installed Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

  • GRUB 2 installed on /, not in MBR. Use manual partition creation to redirect GRUB installation to /
  • host name fully qualified in /etc/hosts & /etc/hostname files
  • domain search fix


must contain the line

option domain-search code 119 = string;

The line should be adjacent to the other option specifications in the file.

Problems found

  • MG - problems with Intel drivers - Mike to fill in details
  • PB - noticed that there is a guest account activated - needs to be de-activated
    • DB - To de- activate add "allow-guest=false" to the end of /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf
  • DB - Gordon noticed that there is no option for a user not listed to login (maybe that is what we want, makes deployment of AD machines difficult though)
    • Add the following line to /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf
  • DB - GRUB Update breaks boot
    • During GRUB's update process a debconf wizard appears, answer as follows: Select "show differences side by side -> Forward -> Forward -> Check the box (Continue without installing) -> Forward
    • After GRUB updates the following command may need to be run: sudo grub-install -f /dev/sda5 (currently I do not know of a way of telling if it actually does, If you are feeling adventurous try not running it, if not I would advise running it anyway (just to be safe)) NOTE: Make sure that / is on /dev/sda5 (try df to check) if not, change accordingly
    • If already rebooted, run the following at the GRUB boot prompt ( grub> )
kernel=/boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-23-generic root=/dev/sda5
    • Then run sudo grub-install -f /dev/sda5 and reboot
  • DB - Hostname is not fully qualified in /etc/hostname (only the machine name is there) same with /etc/hosts

Requests for additions / changes

  • Backup feature still needs to be added (Lucky Backup? Areca?)
  • SNMP query for both OSes?
  • default to include Menus in Unity
  • MikTeX, Matlab?, Maple?
  • Asus Zenbook Drivers (Located in \\asimov.uwaterloo.ca\images\core\asus_zenbook-drivers) I believe they are all there - dkbellin
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