Installing Windows on a new laptop

Note: these instructions were written while installing an IBM Thinkpad T42, running Windows XP

Pre-installation steps

Find out what name the user wants

  • ask the user what name they would like to assign the laptop, if it will have a UW ip
    • make sure that name has not been used: $ grep $chosenname /etc/hosts
    • Note: if the system-name is to be the same as a userid on the system (eg if they both are based on the UWUserid), create the userid first, then set the system name.

Create DNS entry

  • determine what network it will be using (some groups have their own Vlan, otherwise CSCLIENTnet(84) for workstations and VLAN 7 for servers)
  • (old) send email to the hostmaster requesting the name and IP
  • (new) Create a host name using IST's Maintain utility

Add PC/user (if relevant) to the Subscription database

Find out list of desired software/get forms

Initial Installation steps

  • contact inventory@cscf to have them come and barcode the equipment (every piece > $500)
  • install memory, if necessary
  • assemble the laptop and plug it in
  • do not install the network cable yet
  • turn it on
  • you may wish to disable the sound (on the T42, press the mute button near the AccessIBM button)
  • after it comes up, it may upgrade the drive from Fat32 to NTFS, this takes a little while
  • when that is complete, it will reboot
  • Set the Country to Canada, language to English (US) and keyboard to US
  • You will then be asked to accept the Windows license agreement. You need to do so to proceed
  • You are asked to provide a name and description for the computer
  • it will look for an internet connection, which it will not find
  • do not register with IBM or Microsoft at this time
  • setup initial user IDs. this should include the end-user's UWdir name, and "cscf-adm"
  • log in as cscf-adm
  • assign a password to cscf-adm
    • Start -> Control Panel -> User Accounts
    • select the cscf-adm user
    • Create a password
      • Make files and folders private? -> yes
  • Assign IBM recovery password? -> do later (if prompted)

Network setup

  • assign a temporary .15 address to do software installations
  • Start -> Control Panel -> Network and Internet Connections -> Network Connections
  • right-click Local Area Connection -> Properties
  • click on Internet protocol, click on Properties
    • set the IP address to 129.97.15.x (where x is an unused address on cscfnet)
      • try install0x.cscf
    • subnet mask:
    • gateway:
    • dns1: (core.cs)
    • dns2: (
    • click Ok
  • enable the Internet Connection Firewall
    • in the Local Area Connection Properties, click on the Advanced tab
    • Check "Protect my computer..."
    • click "Close"
  • connect the network cable

Test network connectivity (open Internet Explorer)

  • double-click Internet Explorer
  • opens Welcome to the New Connection Wizard, click Next
    • click "Connect to the Internet"
    • click "Setup my connection manually"
    • click "Connect using a broadband connection that is always on"
    • click Finish
  • double-click Internet Explorer again

Enable Remote Desktop (optional)

  • If you enable this now you can finish the setup from your desk using the remote desktop client

Configure remote access

  • Right Click on My Computer from Main Menu and pick properties
  • Pick the REMOTE Tab and enable remote desktop
  • Add cscf-adm and owner to permitted users

Access the system remotely

    • Windows: Start -> Programs -> Accessories -> Communications -> Remote Desktop Connections
    • Linux: rdesktop
    • Mac rdesktop

Update Norton/Symantec Antivirus

  • if the machine comes with Norton or Symantec Antivirus, uninstall it and restart the computer (Note: don't skip the restart!)
  • then install by doing the following:
    • Start -> Run: \\
    • navigate to exports\export\COMMON\AntiVirus_AntiSpyWare_Tools\Symantec\SymantecAV10.1.5\ and run SAV1015.exe
      • accept all defaults

  • when it finishes, open the SAV Tray Icon and run LiveUpdate
  • change the configuration to do automatic updates
  • change the configuration to enable the anti-tamper

Install Microsoft AntiSpyware

  • the installation is in \\\exports\export\COMMON\AntiVirus_AntiSpyWare_Tools\MicrosoftAntiSpyware
  • when configuring, enable the real-time protection and automatic updates. Joining the "antispyware community" is up to you, but I always decline.

Update Windows

  • Start -> All Programs -> Windows Update
  • install and run "Windows Update" when prompted
  • choose "Express Install"
  • if prompted, reboot
  • repeat until nothing left to do
  • Note: at this time, I am installing Service Pack 2

Configure automatic Windows updates

  • how do I set it up to use the IST SUS server ...?
  • Service pack 2 will automatically prompt you to "Help Protect your PC" by turning on Automatic Updates
    • choose "Help protect my PC...", click Next

Set date and time to update automatically from local NTP server

  • double-click on the time in the bottom right-hand corner
  • make sure the date is set correctly
  • click on the Time Zone tab
    • set the time zone to "GMT -05:00 Eastern Time"
    • check "Automatically adjust clock for daylight savings time"
  • click on the Internet Time tab
    • Check "Automatically synchronize"
    • change the server to be:
    • click "Update Now"

Install free / open software

Install site-licensed software

Optional: Install MicroX (Requires license from IST)

  • MicroX is an X Server that is a good companion product to SSH SecureShell that allows XWindows applications to create windows on the local (MS) Windows system
  • We don't seem to have a local copy, so go to IST and buy the CD ($20 as of 2005-11-15).

Optional: Install Microsoft Office (Requires license from IST)

  • Open the software repository
    • Start -> Run: \\
    • External: file:\\\\office11
    • Internal: file:\\\\office11
    • Go to Office11 for Office 2003
    • run Setup.exe
    • enter the Site License key
    • Do a complete install (that takes roughly 900mb, but is far less frustrating for the end user)
    • make sure to fill out a license form for the end user to cover the charge for Office:
    • have the end user sign a copy
    • you will also need to have an IST purchase request form filled out and signed (cost is $90 as of 2005-11-15).
    • after installation, allow it to check the web for updates - you will need to allow it to install the ActiveX Office Update tool

Optional: Install Adobe Writer (Requires license from IST)

  • Open the software repository
    • Start -> Run: \\
    • Go to \iso\adobe\acrobat_70\Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional
    • run Setup.exe
    • enter the Site License key
    • Do a complete install
    • make sure to fill out a license form for the end user to cover the licence fee:
    • have the end user sign a copy
    • you will also need to have an IST purchase request form filled out and signed (cost is $80 as of 2005-11-15).

Image Deployment with Laptops - license issues

  • Laptops are normally loaded using the vendor supplied OS. If you have a batch of laptops from the same vendor you can use the Windows Product Key Update Tool to reset each laptop to the correct value.

Windows Printing

-- LawrenceFolland - 28 Sep 2004

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