Finishing Customization After Running the CMAK Wizard

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 Foundation, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Vista

You can make most advanced customization changes within the Advanced Customization page in the CMAK wizard. After you use the CMAK wizard to build a connection profile, you can make further advanced customization changes to the profile files by editing them with any plain-text editor, such as Notepad. You must run the CMAK wizard again after making these changes to incorporate them into the profile installer.


The changes made to the .cms file for a connection profile are specific to that connection profile. To make a change that you want applied to all future connection profiles, edit the template file. For more information on editing template files, see Templates and Connection Profile Files.

To edit a .cms file for the connection profile

  1. Locate the ProfileFileName.cms file in the \Program Files\CMAK\Profiles\OperatingSystemType\ProfileFileName folder and make backup copies of the file.

  2. Use a text editor such as Notepad to edit the file. Be sure to save your changes before you close the file.

  3. Restart the CMAK wizard, and then click Next to proceed to the Connection profile Selection pane.

  4. Click Existing profile and then select the name of the connection profile being edited.

  5. Proceed through all other panes without making any changes, and then click Finish to rebuild your connection profile. During the rebuilding process, the advanced customization that you did in the .cms file is applied to the connection profile.

To edit other files for the connection profile

  1. Most advanced customization is done in the .cms file, but you can also edit the .inf and .cmp files. For more information, see Advanced Customization.


If you do edit the .inf file, be extremely cautious.

  1. If the connection profile specifies it, edit these other files using the same procedures as specified above for the .cms files. These files are located in the same folder as the .cms file. To save time, edit all required files before rerunning the CMAK wizard to incorporate the changes into the profile installer.

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