Offices & Labs--Network configuration--Windows 7

Have you submitted a network request? You can follow the instructions below once your network request has been processed and you have received an email from IT Services with important configuration information. If you have not submitted a network request, please follow the link to do so.

There are several steps required to configure your Windows computer to connect to the college network:

To set password for Local Administrator Account

  1. Log on to an account that has administrative rights.
    Note: Usually this account is called Administrator but it may have a different name. You will not be able to proceed, if an account does not have administrative rights. The password may be blank.
  2. Click Start, then right-click Computer and select Manage. If you see the User Account Control window, click Continue.
  3. In Computer Management window, click the triangle next to Local Users and Groups to expand that list.
  4. Click Users.
  5. In the central panel, right-click Administrator and select Set Password, then click Proceed.
    Windows Computer Management
  6. Type and re-type your new password, then click OK.

Note: This password allows you to log on to the machine to make administrative changes. It is important that you do not loose that password because it will make it more difficult to troubleshoot problems that may affect your machine in future.

Connect your computer to a live network point

  1. Make sure that there are no signs of physical damage on the port, and that the network cable is not damaged.
  2. Using a network cable, connect the computer to a network point located nearby. Make sure there is no trip or other health and safety hazard. After you connect the cable, you should see activity lights at the back or on the side of your machine, near the network point.
  3. Back on your computer, check if you can display Trinity College home page www.tcd.ie. You can use any browser you have installed.

Note: For more information about network points and cables please visit the linked page. If you are stuck at this point, there may be some hardware or configuration problems. If you need assistance, please contact IT Service Desk at ext. 2000.

To rename your computer and join the College domain

  1. Click Start, right-click Computer, and select Properties.
  2. Click Advanced system settings on the left.
    Windows System Properties
  3. On System Properties window, click Computer Name tab, and then click Change.
    Windows Advanced System Settings
  4. In Computer Name box, type the computer name provided by IT Services. In the Member Of section, select Domain, and type college.tcd.ie, then click OK.
  5. You will be prompted for your College username and password. Type your username in the form college\username, then type your password and click OK.
  6. After a few moments a Welcome to the college domain message will appear. Click OK, and restart your machine as prompted.

To set administrative access for college users and groups

  1. After joining the college domain, upon restart, you will see a welcome screen with Terms and Conditions for you to read.
  2. Proceed to log on to the Administrator profile.
  3. After log on, click Start, then right-click Computer and select Manage. If you see the User Account Control window, click Continue.
  4. In Computer Management window, click the triangle next to Local Users and Groups to expand that list.
  5. Click Groups.
  6. On the central panel, right-click Administrators and select Properties.
  7. Click Add.
  8. In the Enter the object names to select box, type your college username in the form college\username and click Check Names. You will be prompted for your college credentials. Type college\username and your password, then click OK.
    Add Users to Adminstrator Group
  9. Repeat the previous step to add IT Services admin group college\issgroup1. Repeat the previous step to add any other college users that you wish to add as Administrators on the machine.
  10. Click OK, then click Apply.

To log on to your college profile

  1. Log off the Local Administrator Account. To do that press Ctrl+Alt+Del on your keyboard and select Log off.
  2. On the log on screen, press Ctrl+Alt+Del, then click OK.
  3. Click Switch User, and then click Other User.
  4. Log on with your college username and password. You are now logged on to your college profile.

Note: Logging on to your college profile is a requirement while you are connected to the college network. It also provides a better user experience and facilitates access to college resources and services.

Ensure your machine meets college security policies

  1. Make sure College anti-virus software is installed and up to date.
    All PCs ordered from the official College suppliers come with McAfee Virusscan software installed. You will know if Virusscan has been installed, as you will see the 'vshield' icon in the taskbar at the bottom right corner of the screen.
    McAfee taskbar icon
    If you have a different Anti Virus product installed, you will be required to uninstall it and install McAfee Virusscan. Click the anti-virus link above for more information.

  2. Make sure Microsoft's System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) Agent is installed.
    To get automatic monthly Windows security updates please follow our instructions for installing the SCCM Agent.

  3. Contact the IT Service Desk to complete the security checks.
    Once you have performed the above tasks please contact the IT Service Desk at ext. 2000 and quote your ticket number. The IT Service Desk personnel will go through some further security checks before closing your request.

(Optional) Arrange data transfer with the IT Service Desk

If you wish to transfer data from another PC to your newly connected PC please see our web page on data transfer between two PCs on the College network or, if you require assistance, contact the IT Service Desk.