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Sysprep strips Wireless network settings

by lhslibrarian / May 3, 2007 11:59 AM PDT

I am using sysprep and Ghost 7.5 to clone laptops for a mobile lab. The laptops are running XP Pro. After running sysprep the wireless network settings are lost and have to be reentered on each machine. As we have multiple access points this is time consuming. Also, after running sysprep a "runonce" page comes up when IE is launched and I have to select a search option and save the settings. When I finally get to the home page the phishing filter options page appears and has to be set. Windows Media Player also loses its settings and acts like it is being launched for the first time.

The machines are being used on a high school campus and will be "frozen" with Deep Freeze so these settings can't be left to the end users.

Is there a way to use sysprep and preserve all of these settings?

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Get your money's worth.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 3, 2007 10:10 PM PDT

To do that with XP Pro you paid many thousands to MS for the privilege. That fee included some support so make the call and ask about such.


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Microsoft's solution
by lhslibrarian / May 4, 2007 1:56 AM PDT

Microsoft's official reply is that you can't do it. Sysprep has to reset the the wireless settings. Their advice is to manually configure the wireless settings after deployment. We currently have a half dozen WAPs around campus and will be adding more so that is not helpful.

I am wondering if there is a way to use a script or bat file to automate the configuration.

Alternatively, what is the down side of skipping sysprep and just cloning with Ghost alone. I would need to manually rename each machine but that is quicker than configuring all of the WAPs. Are there any other issues that might result?


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I read where...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 4, 2007 2:19 AM PDT
In reply to: Microsoft's solution

Some programmer wrote a configurator that would run after sysprep and then delete itself. Are you a programmer? They flatly refused to open the source so that would be a dead end.

Since you are on a campus, this would be a great way to tag a student programmer with such a project.

In short, yes. A script or program could be made.


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