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Mapping Network Drives in Vista

By default, Windows Vista can easily connect to Middlebury's DFS servers (aka MiddFiles) by mapping a drive. Visit www.middlebury.edu/academics/lis/help/helpdesk/documentation/network/file/windows/ and check the articles relating to mapping drives. Here are the basic instructions:

  1. To access the Map Network Drive dialog:
    • XP: Right-click the "My Computer" icon on the Desktop or on the Start Menu)
    • Vista: (Click on the Start button and right-click "Computer")
  2. Select Map Network Drive from the pop-up menu.
  3. In the window that appears select an unused drive letter and then complete the folder field using the format \\server\folder.
  4. Replace server with the name of the server you want to connect to, and folder with the name of the shared or private folder that you'd like to access. Such as \\middlebury.edu\middfiles\orgs\LIS or \\middlebury.edu\middfiles\home\k-m\kjones.
  5. If you'd like your computer to automatically connect to this drive/share when you start your computer place a check-mark next to Reconnect at logon.
  6. Click Finish. You may be prompted to authenticate. If you're connecting to file server that belongs to Middlebury College, you will need append the word "MIDD\" to the beginning of your username, for exampl MIDD\kjones

Searching Network Drives/Shares in Vista

Searching mapped (or UNC) file shares in Vista may be slow and may cause Explorer to freeze. As a workaround, you can use the following procedure to search more reliably:

  1. Open the folder or the mapped network drive that you'd like to search.
  2. Press CTRL+F on the keyboard.
  3. A search window should appear. Click "Advanced Search" (far right corner).
  4. Place a check-mark next to "Search non-indexed locations" (far left corner).
  5. Enter your search term in the search box in the top right corner.

Banner, Administrative Applications, CMS on Vista


Hyperion seems to install and works on Vista. Extended testing needed. http://go.middlebury.edu/hyperion?prod


CMS seems to work fine on Vista, as well. To make it a bit more usable, just follow the suggestions here: CMS Software for Editing


INB (Internet Native Banner) doesn't work great on Windows Vista. Both Internet Explorer 7 and Firefox 3 crash when loading the Oracle plugin for INB. The only known way to use INB on a Vista computer is with Firefox 2, and even then Vista gets pretty unstable (drops to "compatibility" visual mode, screen flickers, warning popups appear). The best solution may be to remote-desktop into an XP computer when connecting to INB.

  • Note: There is a BETA package that tries to provide Firefox 2 with the INB plug-in:
  • Note that this package is not tested thoroughly and is in no way supported officially.


See VPN.


Connecting to midd_secure is outlined here: How to configure Vista for midd_secure

Adding College Printers in Vista

This is only supported and works on computers that have been added to the Middlebury domain.

  • Click on the Start button.
  • In the search box enter \\bombay\NAME replacing NAME with the name of the printer, as shown on http://bombay/printers
  • Press enter. If prompted confirm that you want to install the driver.
  • The printer becomes added to your list of printers.

Configuring the native VPN client in Vista

  1. Go to, Start, Control Panel, Networks and Sharing (note: you may need to click on "Network and Internet" before you can see the Network and Sharing Center)
  2. Select "Set up a Conncetion or Network" from the Tasks list on the left.
  3. Under "Choose a Connection Option", select "Connect to a Workplace". Click "Next"
  4. On the following screen, select "Create a new connection" and click "Next"
  5. On the next screen, choose "Use my Internet Connection (VPN)" and click "Next".
  6. In the box for "Internet Address" enter the following:
  7. For Destination Name, enter MIDD VPN. Leave the 3 check boxes blank. Click "Next".
  8. Enter you username and Password in the appropriate boxes. We highly recommend that you do NOT check the "Save Password" box.
  9. For the domain, enter MIDD. Although the wizard say this is optional, it is required!
  10. Click "Connect". You should now connect to the VPN.
  11. You may wish to create a shortcut to this connection to put on your desktop or quick launch bar. Go to "Manage Network Connections" and right click on the VPN connection icon, choose create shortcut.

Releasing and Renewing the IP Address in Vista

  • Option 1:
  1. Click on the Start button => in the search box enter "cmd" (without the quotes).
  2. In the search results, right-click the "cmd.exe" entry and select "Run as administrator".
  3. If prompted, confirm that you want to run the program.
  4. In the black command window enter:
ipconfig /release
[press the enter key on the keyboard]

ipconfig /renew
[press the enter key on the keyboard]
  • Option 2:
  1. Click on the Start button, click on "Control Panel", then open the "Network and Sharing Center" (note: you may need to click on "Network and Internet" before you can see the Network and Sharing Center)
  2. From the list of tasks on the left, select "Diagnose and Repair", then follow the on-screen instructions.

Foreign Language Input in Vista

  • To enable a foreign keyboard in Vista:
  1. Click on the Start button, click on "Control Panel"
  2. Inside Control Panel, click on "Change keyboards..." (or "Regional and Language Options" if that is available)
  3. On the "Keyboards and Languages" tab click on "Change Keyboards"
  4. Click "Add", find the desired language and use the plus "+" to expand it.
  5. Place a checkmark next to the desired layout. You may select multiple ones if you're not sure which one to use. You should consult with your language instructor to decide which one is the most appropriate.
  6. Click OK to save your changes.

Classroom Projection with Vista

  • TODO!

Vista Login Settings

Toggle Logon Screen Displaying Previous User

To prevent username of the person who previous logged into the computer from being displayed follow these steps.

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Click Classic View on the left panel
  3. Click and Open Administrative Tools.
  4. Click Local Security Policy.
  5. A window will popup asking for your permission to continue, Click Continue.
  6. On the left hand menu Expand Local Policies.
  7. Click Security Options.
  8. In the right panel find and Right Click Interactive Logon: Do not display Last Username.
  9. Select Properties.
  10. Change the Setting to Enabled and then Click OK and Close all open windows.
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