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Automation of Network Settings?

By Shs_Bulldog ·
OK. Our county just got a huge grant and we are buying 300 new Dells. I was wondering if there was a way to make a program, like an .inf or .reg file that I could put on a floppy, run it, and that would install all my network settings like DHCP and my DNS servers and the like? Thanks

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by mcessna In reply to Automation of Network Set ...

Why don't you look into a disk image program like Norton Ghost. I use Dell at my company and I automatically image them when they come in so that I have a common build for all the machines. When I created the image I formated and reinstalled everything I needed, including the network settings (DHCP,DNS,WINS,etc) and then created an image for distribution to the other PCs. Believe me having a common image helps you admin your computers.
Also all of the OEMs put a lot of junk on the PCs that youjust don't need.

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by Shs_Bulldog In reply to Automation of Network Set ...
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by Aaron V In reply to Automation of Network Set ...

Another option is to give your machines to a VAR (or Dell) and have them preconfigure the systems the way you want. Many VARs will take a Golden Image (on CD or hard disk) and build all of your systems like that disk.

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by Shs_Bulldog In reply to Automation of Network Set ...
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by FANCOMS In reply to Automation of Network Set ...

Another posibility, depending on which OS your using, in to write an answer file for an unattended installation. This is definitly more difficult than the first two responses but less expensive.

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by Shs_Bulldog In reply to Automation of Network Set ...
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by MCSE Lee In reply to Automation of Network Set ...

You will be far better off rebuilding the PC's when received - you can make sure that they are configured according to your needs and policies, and administration is reduced. An unattended install is complicated to set up, but worth the effort if you have a fairly static environment. Ghost, or a similar imaging program can save a lot of time and trouble, but may not be supported by your OS. A lot depends on your particular situation - OS, standard software, optional software, muoltiple configurations, etc.. However, the simple answer to your question is YES, you can create a REG file that will make the changes you want, although DHCP will assign DNS and WINS info if configured correctly.

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by Shs_Bulldog In reply to Automation of Network Set ...
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by curlergirl In reply to Automation of Network Set ...

My advice is to use Ghost or a similar imaging software. You can completely set up and customize one PC, create a Ghost image, and then download it to all 299 other PCs to create a completely homogeneous environment (provided they are identical hardware-wise). There is one catch w/NT, though - to preserve each machine's security identity, you have to use a SID changer on each clone individually after cloning and before you create your machine account on your network. Norton has a SID changer called Ghost Walker, which I haven't used. I use one called NewSID (free from www.sysinternals.com) that is very simple and easy to use, and allows you to change the workstation name and the SID at the same time. Hope this helps!

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