Microsoft® Zero Administration Kit Version 1.0

Welcome to the Microsoft® Zero Administration Kit for Windows NT® Workstation version 4.0. Please refer to the license agreement before using this release.

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Setting up ZAK

  1. Please read the release notes for any late-breaking news.

  2. To complete ZAK Setup, you need a Windows NT Workstation 4.0 compact disc or the equivalent files on a network share, and the latest service pack for Windows NT Workstation 4.0.

  3. Before you begin Setup, you should read the following documents:

    The Zero Administration Kit Administrator's Guide - This document provides an overview of ZAK Setup, a complete list of the prerequisites for ZAK Setup, a discussion of the methodologies used in ZAK, and an explanation of system policies.

    The Windows NT Deployment Guide Automating Windows NT Setup - This document explains Windows NT unattended setup. This is a key feature of ZAK and must be understood before you continue.

  4. Certain portions of ZAK Setup require Microsoft Office 97. If you want to complete these portions, you must have either an Office 97 compact disc, or the equivalent files on a network share.

  5. You are now ready to Install ZAK on an i386 platform.

Reporting Bugs

  1. If you find a bug, please fill out the problem reporting template included with ZAK.

  2. Send the filled out template to

Release Notes  Top

This section discusses issues not fully covered in the documentation.

    ZAK Custom Scripts

  1. You should change the following line in Acls.cmd:
    cacls.exe %SystemDrive%\%temp%\*.log /t /c /g system:f administrators:f %SystemRoot%\zak\scripts\yesfile
    to read:
    cacls.exe %temp%\*.log /t /c /g system:f administrators:f %SystemRoot%\zak\scripts\yesfile

    This is because the environment variable %SystemDrive% resolves to the drive letter, for example, C:, and %temp% resolves to the full path to the temp folder, for example, C:\temp. Thus the line, as it stands, resolves to C:\C:\temp.
    By default, Acls.cmd is located on the server in <drive letter>:\<ZakAppDist or ZakTaskDist>\Netsys\<client platform>\$oem$\$$\Zak\Scripts.

  2. If you want to run TaskStation and SMS, you must add the following lines to Tsklogon.cmd in addition to what is stated in the ZAK Administrator's Guide.
    Start %SystemDrive%\ms\sms\bin\pcmwin32.exe
    Start %SystemDrive%\ms\sms\bin\climonnt.exe

  3. If you are manually installing either the TaskStation or AppStation distribution points on the server and want to use SMS, in Zakb1wrk.cmd, when you uncomment the following line:
    @REM  cmd /c \\opktest3\sms_shr\runsms.bat
    you should replace \\opktest3\sms_shr with your own server name and SMS share name.

    Office 97

  1. Power Point cannot read template files (.pot) if they are hidden. Any template file (.pot) under %SystemDrive%\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Template\ must be unhidden. This is particularly evident on Asian versions of Office where, on run-from-server installation, the templates are copied to the local computers.

  2. If you are installing a localized version of Office, check the installation .exe file to see if it is Setup.exe or Install.exe. ZAK Setup looks for Setup.exe.
    To fix this, you must copy the contents of the CD to a drive somewhere and then edit the _instpgm.iwf in the <client platform> folder. For example, if the executable were called Install.exe instead of Setup.exe, in the section named [localization], you would change:
    to read:
    You must also change the ZAK custom script, Off97.cmd, to appropriately reflect the executable name.

  3. If you are installing a localized version of Office 97 and you do not have a localized version of ZAK, then you need a fix to the Off97_bb.dll. It will be available from the Web at After you run ZAK Setup on the server and before you set up the clients, you must back up the old Off97_bb.dll and replace it with the one you downloaded from the Web. By default this file is in <drive letter>:\Netapps\Off97\msoffice\.

    ZAK on localized versions of Windows NT

        On all localized versions of Windows NT
  1. If you do not have a localized version of ZAK, then you must create your own msie302.dif file. You can do this with Sysdiff, located on the compact disc in \<client platform>\tools. To learn more about Sysdiff, see the Windows NT Deployment Guide Automating Windows NT Setup.

  2. If you have installed with a localized version of Windows NT Workstation, you must update the custom scripts to make sure that all paths, users, and groups correctly reflect the localized versions. On the server, most of the scripts are located in <drive letter>:\<ZakAppDist or ZakTaskDist>\<client platform>\$oem$\$$\Zak\Scripts. However, there are scripts in the $oem$ folder and the $$ folder as well.

    On the Chinese version of Windows NT

  3. If you install with a Chinese version of Windows NT Workstation, you must reboot the ZAK clients a second time to load the Chinese IMEs. Also, there are .infs to install the IMEs located on the compact disc in \docs\chinese.

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