When you arrive on campus you will receive a Startup Kit on CD-ROM. This kit will automate many of the initial tasks you would need to perform before connecting to the Yale network. (Please note that the Startup Kit is only for Windows computers.)
To open the Startup Kit, insert the tool into your CD-ROM drive; the Startup Kit will auto-run. It will perform a check for Windows XP Service Pack 2. If you do not have SP2 installed, you will be asked to contact a CA.
Administrator Password and Windows Automatic Updating
The tool will ask you to create and enter an Administrator password. Setting a strong Administrator password will secure your computer against hacking. Your password should be a combination of letters, numbers, and characters that is greater than 6 characters long and is unrecognizable to anyone but you. (Do not use names, dates, personal information, dictionary words, or other known character strings.) Verify your Administrator password by retyping it, pause to memorize it well, and then choose Set Password to move to the next step. You will next be asked to turn on Windows Automatic Updating and select what time your computer checks for updates. Microsoft often releases important security and compatibility updates for its Windows software; this step will make sure that your computer is ready to download the updates as soon as they are issued.
Symantec Antivirus Installation
Next the Startup Kit will check your computer for an updated version of Symantec Antivirus. If you do not have Symantec Antivirus or do not have the latest version, you will be prompted to install the program. This is an important step in protecting your computer against malicious viruses. If you have a previous version of Symantec or another Antivirus program installed, you will be prompted to first uninstall these programs, then restart your computer. After, reinsert the Startup CD to install the latest version of Symantec. Once your computer is registered (Step 3) and online, update Symantec with the latest virus definitions.
This will link you to Yale's Network Registration page, http://www.yale.edu/netreg where you must register your computer's wired ethernet card (and wireless card, if you have one) in order to gain access to the Yale network. Until then you will only be able to access Yale sites and services (e.g. www.yale.edu, but not www.google.com).
You are also provided with tools to find your Ethernet Hardware Address(es), and to enable your network connections.
After you have registered, wait an hour and restart your computer. You should then have full network access.