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I work at a school. and since ive been here the only way we can have each user have WiFi is to re-image all for the machines then manually log into the machines and reattach it to the WIFI. Is there a way for me to have the wifi pre configured and image the machine and have the wifi setting be there for each of the students?

We have 20 XP Laptops & 58 windows 7 Netbooks. Bother are in separate facilities and connecting to different WiFi systems.

If you need any additional info please ask, and if this is the wrong place please feel free to move it. It just dint seem "network" related as much as it seemed like an imaging of windows problem.

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Are you asking what would be the easiest way to re install, apply the network settings and be ready to go?

what about this then, set up one of the computer's, then make a clone of the HDD (use EASEUS todo backup), then install from that and everything you did to original will be in place still.

or are you asking about saving the network setting's and just loading those onto the other computer's somehow?
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Are you asking what would be the easiest way to re install, apply the network settings and be ready to go?

what about this then, set up one of the computer's, then make a clone of the HDD (use EASEUS todo backup), then install from that and everything you did to original will be in place still.

or are you asking about saving the network setting's and just loading those onto the other computer's somehow?
I was thinking the same thing, just make a HDD clone for each type of machine, then you just install from that.
basicly have an image for the netbooks, and an image for the laptops.
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I was thinking the same thing, just make a HDD clone for each type of machine, then you just install from that.
basicly have an image for the netbooks, and an image for the laptops.
Yea one would think but if the user hasn't logged on yet it wont apply the wifi for them. There are similar issues with toolbars in Ms office 2003 as well as a few other areas. So no this wont fix my problem, at least not while I'm useing ghost.

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So you have to log in, then set up a wifi profile? Is this because of encryption?

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/4081/...-in-windows-7/

http://www.kreslavsky.com/2009/05/im...-or-vista.html

A very easy solution would be to slipstream these profiles into the install discs or images, solving your problem.
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if you have access to a gigabit switch and a light linux box with 100 gb of open space....

http://drbl.sourceforge.net/

It copies the hard drive down to the cluster level and creates the image you can then clone out to the other machines. I did is this past semester at the school I go to with some desktops that have WIFI and they had no issues. DRBL is easy to set up in ubuntu, and with a gigabit switch, can be pushed out to multiple computers and done within an hour. Only thing is the computers must literally be the same, unless you're going from a very basic WIN 7 or XP image. Even then, it's hard to get it to clone from 2 different sized hard drives. Going small to big is easy, big to small is a problem though.
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if you have access to a gigabit switch and a light linux box with 100 gb of open space....

http://drbl.sourceforge.net/

It copies the hard drive down to the cluster level and creates the image you can then clone out to the other machines. I did is this past semester at the school I go to with some desktops that have WIFI and they had no issues. DRBL is easy to set up in ubuntu, and with a gigabit switch, can be pushed out to multiple computers and done within an hour. Only thing is the computers must literally be the same, unless you're going from a very basic WIN 7 or XP image. Even then, it's hard to get it to clone from 2 different sized hard drives. Going small to big is easy, big to small is a problem though.
Yes and no, you can image in a way that preserves directory structure yet doesn't image free space. So essentially a giant container like a zip, which I'm pretty sure is out there? If not you can easily make one, use the container of your choice and extract to the FS of your choice. Permissions are kept. To boot you just install the bootloader via DOS (the same way you would extract) and call it a day.
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Your local router should be DHCP'ing each time a host logs on.There is something in the settings that's holding this back. As long as the encryption password is saved by each node, and the settings don't change, I don't see the issue. Unless there is a central server that each node needs to log on to.. And if that's the case, contact the schools IT department. It might be something as simple as a subnetting issue. If these are school issued laptops/nodes, are they locked down?
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Your local router should be DHCP'ing each time a host logs on.There is something in the settings that's holding this back. As long as the encryption password is saved by each node, and the settings don't change, I don't see the issue. Unless there is a central server that each node needs to log on to.. And if that's the case, contact the schools IT department. It might be something as simple as a subnetting issue. If these are school issued laptops/nodes, are they locked down?
That would work, assuming that he isn't using wireless. Which they are, it is all WiFi. It can't do a lease unless it knows SSID. You don't get the SSID automatically, you scan/set it up. You have to log-in to do that, though if it was an open network you could just teach students... I'm under the assumption it isn't, so they still have to set the password.

Nodes? You mean Access Points? I'm fairly sure you don't use nodes with WiFi, you use APs. I'm thinking you got some stuff way confused.
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That would work, assuming that he isn't using wireless. Which they are, it is all WiFi. It can't do a lease unless it knows SSID. You don't get the SSID automatically, you scan/set it up. You have to log-in to do that, though if it was an open network you could just teach students... I'm under the assumption it isn't, so they still have to set the password.

Nodes? You mean Access Points? I'm fairly sure you don't use nodes with WiFi, you use APs. I'm thinking you got some stuff way confused.
Sorry I don't come through here much these days. But I do know the difference between a node (PC/laptop etc) and an AP. There might be a nomenclature misunderstanding... Anywho, SSID and encryption pass can be saved in a profile for each connecting node. It has already been mentioned. That being said, I don't have enough particulars in regards to the network to make and further diagnosis. I'll leave it to those that have experience here.
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