- A computer. Be it a desktop or laptop.
- A Windows OS. This guide is written based on Windows 7 Ultimate, 32 bit edition. Not all variants of the Windows OS works. Here is a list of what (may) work:
- Windows 7 Professional and above.
- Windows Vista Business and above.
- Windows XP Professional with SP3. SP1 and SP2 may work too, but who has yet to update to SP3?
Any version not listed here, like Windows 7 Home Premium, you are out of luck.
For SIS students only: you may access to Windows 7 Professional if you need to for free from the faculty’s MSDN’s stash (Requires your school logon information). Read more of it here.
- Cisco VPN software and school’s VPN certificate. Download it here (requires your school logon information).
- If you are configuring your laptop in school, but for some godforsaken reason, you refuse to go to the CIT Helpdesk (like I did), use SMUPGIP network for internet access, or find a LAN port. The CIT Helpdesk people won’t bite you. It was just that I was experimenting around will my laptop at that point in time.
- Backup your data. As in the disclaimer, don’t come running to me on how to recover your data from an erased account or corrupted hard-disk.
- A cup of coffee to enjoy the process.