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    WiFi Settings + Sysprep dont play nice!

    ok guys, another new week, another new question :-)

    I am finding that when you deploy an image that has been sysprep'd and the mini setup wizard has been run, windows looses all it's WiFi config info.
    I assume this is because windows reinstalls the networking devices during mini-setup.

    Is there a way around this? or do you know where in the registry these settings would be stored and if it is possible to make a reg file that I can import to multiple laptops with all the wifi settings in ?

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    Re: WiFi Settings + Sysprep dont play nice!

    Have you stored the information in the default user profile?

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    Re: WiFi Settings + Sysprep dont play nice!

    The laptop had 1 user (administrator) and was not on the domain when I put in the wifi settings. I then sysprep'd it and took the image, so I assume so.

    If i'm wrong about this then please inform me...the default profile has always been a strange one.

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    Re: WiFi Settings + Sysprep dont play nice!

    Set up the laptop with all your settings (defaults for things like office, etc.) and then log off - sometimes you also need to reboot.

    Log on as a different user and copy the contents of the local user profile that you have just configured to the 'Default User' profile.

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    Re: WiFi Settings + Sysprep dont play nice!

    would it matter if the user I was logged on as to configure stuff was the administrator ? or does it have to be a standard user ?

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    Re: WiFi Settings + Sysprep dont play nice!

    I assume configuring as administrator would be the best course.

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    Re: WiFi Settings + Sysprep dont play nice!

    I create a local user called 'user' Give it admin rights and setup the computer. Then copy the profile to the default user profile once done. There are explicit ways of doing this which can be found here...
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/305709

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    Re: WiFi Settings + Sysprep dont play nice!

    looks good DB, i'll give it a go when I get the chance :-)

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    Re: WiFi Settings + Sysprep dont play nice!

    Inox,

    Assuming you are using Windows XP with SP2 and configuring via Windows Wireless Config Service, not some utility supplied with the WLAN card driver;

    The wireless settings will not be part of the user profile (if they were, you could not log on to the network over the WLAN). I think your assumption that mini-setup reinstalls drivers is correct.

    Check out the Cable Guy column, which explains how to use a USB memory device to quickly configure WLAN settings on lots of PCs.

    I have managed to automate the WLAN configuration on RIS built PCs, but my method was so complex that I'm embarassed by it. If anyone knows how to do this elegantly, I would love to know how. If not, then I can let you know how I did it (it's messy, very very messy !!)

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    Re: WiFi Settings + Sysprep dont play nice!

    ajbritton, Assuming that you are performing a RIS using a physical connection to the networkand are installing windows XP SP2, you should be able to deploy WLAN settings using group policy:

    Default Domain Policy/Computer Configuration/Windows Settings/Security Settings/Wireless Network (IEEE 802.11) Policies

    When the computer completes the RIS, group policy will update and deploy the wireless policies for you

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    Re: WiFi Settings + Sysprep dont play nice!

    E1 - this would work nicely IF M$ had included somewhere to put your WEP Key !!!! - I think the monkeys left this one out ;-p

    aj - please explain - any solution is better than none :-) (trust me my current one involves doing it all manually).

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    Re: WiFi Settings + Sysprep dont play nice!

    E1uSiV3: Although you can define WLAN policies and preferred networks, I do not think that you can set the WEP key via GP.

    Inox: OK, I'll try to put some notes together, but as I said, it's not pretty. The MS solution of using a memory key (which are now dirt cheap) as quite easy to do.

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    Re: WiFi Settings + Sysprep dont play nice!

    Inox, here's a quick write up of my (horrible ) method. (Hope I put this in the right place wiki-wise :? )

    Automate WiFi Configuration

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    Re: WiFi Settings + Sysprep dont play nice!

    thanks for that m8, i'm gonna have a further look into things.



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