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  • Hey Guys, 

    I am a total noob to this site But I understand this is the best place for MS info. So here it goes,

    I work for an IT firm that deals with Dental Office's I am installing a couple hundred workstations a month, mostly Dell's and all with Windows 7 32bit

    My last install is what brought me here. I configure the computers several at a time in a way that our company needs to run our software and give the offices the most headache free experience. But going through the same process with each computer is time consuming and I know there is a better way to do it. 

    So this is what I do.

    1.) Configure mouse, up the speed by three notches and auto select default button

    2.) Turn UAC off

    3.)Turn Firewall off on all three network types (Home, Work, Public)

    4.) Create a power plan Named "Advantage" that has a base in the High Performance but has also the following options, Sleep:Never, Hybrid Sleep: Disabled, USB Selective Suspending: Disabled, Minimum Processor Speed: 100%

    5.) Turn NIC power Management off.

    6.) Change Workgroup to "Advantage" (save the restart for after the updates)

    7.)Run Windows Updates to full update

    These are the steps I take on every Machine I touch, Also I am Naming them Office 1-xx, Chair 1-xx, Op 1-xx, sometimes I have to Change the Ip Scheme, and I usually standardize the passwords, but as these last few things are office dependent I do not need them every time but would be cool if I could get a way to do them when I needed them in a quick fashion.

    I Need everything/anything that could help me automate and speed this up, a script or program, or a good start on either of those. My end goal is to plug up the computer, plug in my thumb drive hit go and be done (excluding updates) in a minute or two.

    Thank you for your Help In Advance!!

    Ray

    Sunday, January 27, 2013 8:18 PM

Answers

  • :)

    Yo,

    Go download autoit.exe :D that will record every movement of your mouse and keyboard >> auto compile into a VBscript.

    and you can execute the VBscript from all individual computer by just a double click.

    Alternative is to purchase Windows Intunes >> SCCM function will enable you to do mass deployment with just 10 mins worth of customization.


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    • Proposed as answer by Soh.M Monday, January 28, 2013 8:10 AM
    • Marked as answer by Soh.M Thursday, October 3, 2013 6:26 AM
    Monday, January 28, 2013 8:10 AM

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  • Hi,

    Most of the options would be much easier to implement is you had some domain structure, but as far as I get it you don't have any.
    Anyway, if you have so many computers to install and configure, then the first tool to look at is Windows Deployment Services and Automated Installation Kit :
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsserver/dd448616.aspx


    Best Regards, Alexander Trofimov
    Sunday, January 27, 2013 8:27 PM
  • :)

    Yo,

    Go download autoit.exe :D that will record every movement of your mouse and keyboard >> auto compile into a VBscript.

    and you can execute the VBscript from all individual computer by just a double click.

    Alternative is to purchase Windows Intunes >> SCCM function will enable you to do mass deployment with just 10 mins worth of customization.


    Guowen Su
    Cisco Certified Network Associate
    Cisco Certified Internetwork professional - MPLS
    Certified Information Systems Security Professional
    Microsoft Partner Network 2011
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator:Security
    Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer: Security
    Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuration
    Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuration
    Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure, Configuration
    Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows 7, Configuring
    Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Enterprise Administrator
    Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Server Administrator
    Certified Ethical Hacker
    Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator
    Certified Sonicwall Security Administrator
    Microsoft Geeks

    • Proposed as answer by Soh.M Monday, January 28, 2013 8:10 AM
    • Marked as answer by Soh.M Thursday, October 3, 2013 6:26 AM
    Monday, January 28, 2013 8:10 AM
  • First off let me thank you guys for taking time out of your busy days to try and help me solve this problem I really appreciate the help.  Couple things though to both  who have replied so far.

    Very rare is it that we do a domain with AD and all, but we install a server (2008 r2) every time, Also I have looked into the Microsoft Deployment tools but as I am not installing the OS these options fall flat, I have thought about Imagining and autoit. But Imaging is not flexible enough and autoit although a good program to macro falls under the same issues as imaging, It's flexible in the sense that it can do anything I do, But it will still be scroll the mouse and hitting keystrokes Like I do and although at a much faster rate it is still not what I am looking for, I need either a script that can do this from the command line or the locations of the registry keys that hold all the options so I can script it myself, from the cmd prompt this process could take seconds instead of minutes and would knock a whole phase off our installations, If there was no "prep' of the machines before we installed I could save thousands of hours a month between all the techs. Thanks again guys and keep the good Ideas comming.

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013 12:43 PM
  • Then forget it, of course: I totally missed the fact =)


    Best Regards, Alexander Trofimov

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013 8:06 PM