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Restore on Reboot

Discussion in 'Business & Enterprise Computing' started by connico, Jun 30, 2020.

  1. connico

    connico Member

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    So I have an interesting problem that a council has presented to our organisation.

    Libraries and community centres offer computers that are locked down for end users. Lately there has been a trend to offer PCs for creative use which requires the use of PCs with higher levels of access privileges.

    The council wants to enable users more privileges on these PCs as well as enable them to save files during the session. Then upon reboot / signout the PC would be restored back to an original state and wipe all data. They have tried using system restore but it would seem that it's not always reliable and lacks control.

    They are looking at software like Deep Freeze, Shadow Defender etc...

    Anyone here have experience with these two or any others and can recommend. Any pitfalls?
     
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  2. asho444

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    I belive we have implemented Deep freeze at the local libraries here (not sunshinecoast council) within the last 12 months.

    ill try and reach out to the guys to get you some answers.
     
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  3. PabloEscobar

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    We use a Bunch of Zero Clients, connecting to a Non-Persistent, floating VDI pool, that is configured to delete the desktop when the user logs out, and creates a new one, ready for the next user.
    They can save files to USB, or cloud services, but anything saved locally, is destroyed when they logout.
     
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    We tried this as POC and it didn't work, a lot of the licences for 3D printers and other creative solutions require the use of a dongle or sometime kind of software licence. It got messy and unstable and they didn't like the zero client laptops... shame really
     
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    Dongles can go on a DongleServer, or USB Pass Through
    Software License was a hassle - we just kept bitching to the vendors until they switched away from persistent MachineID based licensing, or gave us a master code, that gave zero fucks.
    Or we found alternatives, and provided those as the solution.
     
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    Why go for 3rd party software? That’s exactly what Windows UWF is for.
     
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    Client had previous compliants that the virtual overlay was limited in sizing and compability with some hardware attached to it like 3d printers
     

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