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# 106812 31-Jul-2012 23:11
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There are a bunch of computers that I manage that are used by various people as dumb terminals that are connected to a server to hold their personal documents etc.  Due to the nature of the computers use I cannot just remove to ability for them to be able to install some programs and access to other things so eventually the computers get clogged with crap and then reimaged. This isnt a huge problem but I am wondering if the following is possible:

Have the computers automatically, periodically, reimage themselfs from an image held on the server so that say, once a week the computers would be reset to a defined state.  

Or if that seems to be an overkill and a better way would be to simply reverse any and all changes made to the machine on reboot then that would work too.

Are there any suggestions on how to go about doing either of these? preferably the reverse changes one as it would require much less network traffic..

Thanks

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  # 665048 31-Jul-2012 23:26
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I believe Massey Uni used to use something called 'Deep Freeze' in their computer labs. I'd imagine by now they're using some sort of virtual desktop setup though.

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  # 665049 31-Jul-2012 23:26
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Something with system restore perhaps? I don't know that program too well because I've used it like once I think, but there must be some way to set it to automatically restore to a pre-defined time once a day or week or something?




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  # 665053 31-Jul-2012 23:30
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What version of Windows are the computers running? Check the following link for a tool that Microsoft released for Windows XP called Steady State, which does exactly what you want, or if you've got Windows 7 there's some info on how to get similar results using built-in functionality. http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/springboard/archive/2010/09/27/steady-state-for-windows-7.aspx

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  # 665054 31-Jul-2012 23:30
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insane: I believe Massey Uni used to use something called 'Deep Freeze' in their computer labs. I'd imagine by now they're using some sort of virtual desktop setup though.


The DeepFreeze software by faronics looks like what im after.. its pretty pricey though. 
The virtual machine setup would be ideal but the server requirements for that are a bit beyond my scope at the moment i think



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# 665056 31-Jul-2012 23:33
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amanzi: What version of Windows are the computers running? Check the following link for a tool that Microsoft released for Windows XP called Steady State, which does exactly what you want, or if you've got Windows 7 there's some info on how to get similar results using built-in functionality. http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/springboard/archive/2010/09/27/steady-state-for-windows-7.aspx

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That looks perfect! thanks for the quick reply 

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  # 666694 3-Aug-2012 08:21
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Weighsone:
amanzi: What version of Windows are the computers running? Check the following link for a tool that Microsoft released for Windows XP called Steady State, which does exactly what you want, or if you've got Windows 7 there's some info on how to get similar results using built-in functionality. http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/springboard/archive/2010/09/27/steady-state-for-windows-7.aspx

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That looks perfect! thanks for the quick reply?


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