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For the 10 newest computers at the church school, Val and I created a master installation on one machine, then I took that machine and made a disk image on a CD. This page discusses installing that master image. I have created a 280 MB partition on each machine to hold an image of that particular machine -- usually it will be better to restore that image, but I haven't tried that yet -- the procedure may be slightly different than what follows.



Image Installation Procedure

Needed: The bootable CD with the backup image, and a bootable floppy. -The bootable floppy is needed only because the current image is on a "no name" silver/silver media which is usually readable (sometimes slowly) but will not always boot in the Mitsumi FX140s cd drives._

From the table on CcAdministration get the letter and IP address for the workstation you are restoring, and the server and printer it should use.

  • Start the machine -- as it boots up, press delete at the right time to go into the BIOS.

  • Set the BIOS to boot from the CD, floppy, and hard drive, in that order.

  • Boot the machine with the cd in the drive. If this fails, insert the floppy and boot from the floppy (with the CD in the drive).

  • Switch to the drive letter of the Cd-Rom -- you can tell by doing a dir and looking for a subdirectory named ghost. It will vary depending on whether the hard drive has been partitioned or not (and the number and type of partitions) -- it will usually be D: if the drive has one partition for Windows, but you must check and make.

  • Switch to the ghost directory, start ghost, and use it to create/restore the partitions. Normally (without Linux) I plan to have a 21 MB dos/utility partition (FAT16), a 700 MB Windows partition (FAT32), and a 281 MB partition (FAT16) for a backup image of the Windows partition -- if there is insufficent space, the backup image partition can be eliminated, but put a note on the computer, like "no "on-board" backup image". Not that ghost will offer to expand the images to fill the hard drive (look at the numbers) -- change the numbers to maintain the partition sizes listed above.

  • After the images are restored, remove the Cd and floppy and reboot.

  • As it boots up, press delete at the right time to go into the BIOS -- reset the boot order so that it boots from the hard drive first (and only).

  • As the machine is booting up, it will stop and ask you to choose which configuration the machine is in (this is necessary to work around a problem). Choose "No SB IDE" (usually 1), or similar -- not "temp".

  • Bootup will continue -- you may want to watch -- it will find 4 (8) devices for the SoundBlaster sound card and install the drivers, it will then find the 3C509b Ethernet NIC and install the drivers for it.

Note: The drivers installed for the 3C509b will be a second (duplicate) set for the card and for the TCP/IP protocol -- later we will delete one of those -- if we had deleted them before making the image we would have to completely reconfigure networking for this PC. Later, when we do delete one of each it is important to delete the right ones.

  • Go to Settings --> Control Panel --> System --> Device Manager and confirm there are no conflicts (exclamation points). (Usually the "No SB IDE" hardware configuration solves the problem, but sometimes one remains. If so, do the following:
    • If the conflicting device is not essential (if it is "unknown device", consider it non essential), delete it by clicking on delete -- read the popup carefully and delete it from the "No SB ide" hardware configuration.
    • Reboot the PC, choose "No SB IDE" configuration again, and check again that there are no conflicts -- if there are no conflicts, continue from here.

  • Go to Settings --> Control Panel --> System --> Hardware Profiles -- select and then delete the temp profile.

  • Go to Settings --> Control Panel --> Network. You will find two each of the 3c509b and the TCP/IP drivers. Open up the properties on the second TCP/IP driver and add the IP address for this workstation (from the table on CcAdministration) and the network mask (

  • Delete the first driver for the 3c509b -- the first TCP/IP driver will also be deleted.

  • Confirm that the remaining TCP/IP driver (properties) has the correct IP address, etc. -- if not, fix it.

  • Go to the Identification tab and set the computer name to Workstation <the_letter_corresponding_to_this_workstation_from_the_table on CcAdministration>.

  • After the desktop comes up, click on the TWiki Wikilearn CsicOutline icon. Notice which server it connects to (on the URL address line is it church100 or church101 -- from the table on CcAdministration determine the correct server to use for this workstation (for load balancing purposes. If incorrect, there are two places it must be changed:
    • In the properties of the desktop TWiki icon (right click, choose properties, go to the shortcut tab, and change the number as appropriate)
    • In the options of Internet Explorer -- start IE, then choose View --> Options --> Naviagation, and change the number in the start page address.

  • Reboot.

  • When you get to the login screen, change the user name to the letter of this workstation -- don't set any passwords.

  • Test the network -- one way is by clicking on the TWiki icon, and, assuming the servers are up, the home TWiki page should come up. If the servers are not running, try pinging a machine that is up (this is not a complete guarantee that the network is working, but it is an indicator).

  • Configure the printer. If this workstation has a printer attached, you can do it with or without the network running (you could have done it earlier in the process -- in that case, the printer should be shared and the share name should be "lexmark"n where n is the proper one of 1 through 4 (see the table)). If this workstation uses a printer attached to another computer on the network, that computer must be turned on, the network must be running (the hub powered up), and networking must be working on this computer. (The following is from memory and needs to be cleaned up.)
    • Go to Start --> Settings --> Printers
    • Right click on the printer icon to get properties
    • Look for the tab that establishes the location of the printer (you will see something like lpt1 ...) -- might be "Details"
    • On that tab, look for "print to the following port"
    • Click on add port, (Network?) browse for the printer and workstation this workstation should be using and click on it.

  • Ideally, test networking and printing again -- if all OK... (If not OK, find the problem, fix it, reboot, retest, and then, if all OK...)

  • Make a backup image of this installation to the 280 MB partition:
    • Reboot the machine -- as it comes up, hit escape when you get the choice of booting into Windows or Dos (stay at the machine with your finger on escape -- there is only a two second window). (Again, this is from memory -- needs confirmation.)
    • Switch to the CD drive (this should be c:)
    • cd to ghost, then start ghost
    • We now want to do a local --> partition --> to image. Choose the 650 or 700MB "unnamed" partition, and copy it to the 280 MB "image partition" (should be e:)
    • If there is already a backup image (there may or may not be) we want to overwrite it -- choose the name of the existing image.
    • It will tell you there is insufficient space -- choose "high compression" and start the backup anyway.
    • The image creation will take up to about 20 minutes. When it is complete, a window will pop up on the screen -- choose the right options to quit ghost.
    • Do a "dir E:" to confirm the existence of a backup image named either Win_back or W95_back (or something like that) of about 260 MB. If it's not there, find the problem and create the image again.
    • Reboot the computer and let it go into Windows.
    • Test again?
    • If all Ok, you're done -- either shut down the computer or leave it on for class.


  • () RandyKramer - 11 Mar 2003
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