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Windows 7 Pro Configurations

 

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Windows XP Pro Configurations

  • Setup Windows XP Pro
    • Build/rebuild from a set of images
    • Unattended installation if no image is available
    • BDD 2007 and/or other means
  • Setup Office Suite 2003/2007
    • net use z: \\fs.sc.fsu.edu\software /user:jsmith
    • Office2K3 or Office2007
  • pGina for LDAP authentication
    Unfortunately this will not work with Windows Vista or later, which is the primary stumbling block to upgrade.
  • PDFCreator
    This free ware should replace Acrobat for most users. To convert any document into PDF, simply print it to the PDFCreator printer.
  • X-Win32 and X-Win32 Live (need floating network license)
    • Run remote Linux applications: Matlab, Mathematica, Tecplot, Avizo, COMSOL...
    • Remotely control Linux computers
  • PuTTY
    Very useful low-impact tunneling tool when off campus or on campus
  • Cisco VPN Client
  • SSH Secure Shell Client
  • Antivirus solution (McAfee or Sophos - need licenses)
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Firefox and/or Thunderbird
    • Useful Firefox plugins: IE Tab...
    • Ideal Thunderbird configurations
  • AV players and plugins
    • Realplayer
    • Windows Media Player
    • QuickTime
    • Shockwave and Flash players
  • Network printer setups
  • Regular Windows and office updates
  • Maintenance tools: CCleaner, AusLogics Disk and Registry Defrag.