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I am going to be deploying about 250 new vista business computers.  I plan on using WDS with sysprep.  In the past sysprep has reconfigured the NIC settings back to the default settings because it reinstalls the NIC driver.  After imaging a computer, I want to be able to automatically (via script, gpo, or sysprep answer file) all of the custom NIC properties.....ie. Disable IPv6, disable file and print sharing, disable Qos, disable Link-Layer Topology discovery etc.

Does anyone know how to do this?

Thanks in advance!
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You can at some level configure these settings.

What you will need to do is find the INF file used for the NIC drivers and look inside to see where in the registry the registry keys used to configure the settings are made.  From there all you need to do is write a script which will alter these registry keys to your liking.

Just make sure when you run the script to disable UAC and have it run as an Administrator, or you are going to run into issues having the automation run.
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Thanks for your reply Maeros -

Where do I find the NIC .inf  file?  If I go into the driver properties of the NIC all that is see is a .sys, .din, and 3 .dll files.
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You'll need to get the full driver install package.  Download the drivers for the NIC model from the manufacturer's website.  Inside should include an INF file.
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Did not find the .inf file
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