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Need an alternative to Windows SteadyState!


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#1 Makaiton

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Posted 01 November 2008 - 10:59 PM

I'm trying to fix up a school load of computers. I (unfortunately) am the most knowledgeable on computers, but I don't really know much about networking.

The school would like to find a way to restrict downloading of programs and whatever else and to also restrict access to the network printers.

On the side, if I can also find a way to prohibit users from changing running programs (like an antivirus) or from installing/uninstalling, it would be absolutely perfect. I basically need to find a way to make it impossible for public users to change anything on the computer without using SteadyState. As much as I'd love to use it, all the drives are FAT32, and SteadyState needs them in NFTS.
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#2 Makaiton

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Posted 14 November 2008 - 01:11 AM

Solution found. Feel free to close/delete/whatever this topic.
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Posted 14 November 2008 - 05:19 AM

Hi,

Apologies for not seeing your thread sooner, glad to see you now have it resolved.

Can you let us know what you used so that other members searching for help will be able to use the information.

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Posted 14 November 2008 - 08:03 AM

Certainly, although I am afraid that the solution did not actually fall into the "network" category.

With the said problem above, I was informed that you could in fact change the file system from FAT32 to NFTS in the following manner:
(Credit goes to Usasma for the quote and solution)

Using the convert command from the Command Prompt can convert the drives to NTFS.

First backup any data that's needed (in case convert.exe fails).
Then open up the Command Prompt by going to Start...Run...and type in "cmd.exe" (without the quotes) and press Enter>
Then the syntax for the command on the boot drive is "convert.exe c: /fs:ntfs" (without the quotes)
Then reboot the system and let the conversion begin.
More in this article: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb456984.aspx
and this one: http://www.ntfs.com/quest3.htm


Although I am still trying to fine tune the restrictions through SteadyState so that everything necessary still functions normally (I've never used this sort of thing before), it is incredibly useful in controlling what less knowledgeable users' access to things you don't particularly want them seeing or changing.
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Posted 14 November 2008 - 08:21 AM

Thanks for the info.
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Posted 25 March 2013 - 12:58 AM

I know this thread is a bit old but I thought I would give give anyone else looking for options for what our company decided to do for a client.

 

We just Deployed 280 License of Drive Vaccine for a client at 3 locations that offers their customers public access for a Non profit organization. After testing Drive Vaccine, Deep Freeze and Steady State We recommended our client use Drive Vaccine on their PC's. Here are few of the things we chose Drive Vaccine over the others.

- Very Reasonably Priced and Only a One time cost

- Very stable compared to clean slate

- Drive Vaccine can simply by one click temporarily disable itself so that you can update your windows any add or remove programs and then enable drive vaccine and update the baseline done in seconds (this was a big sell for our client), we found that this was a big problem with Deep freeze not being able to do this or do it as simple as this.

- You can restrict the use of USB Drives and CD roms

- Has folder Exemtions

-Another big sell for our client was that their own IT guys can reach the Drive vaccine company (horizon data sys) 24 hours via chat or telephone for support?



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Posted 22 July 2013 - 07:18 AM

Hey just simple solution from my side, try Faronics Deep Freeze. Its a reboot to restore software with number of advanced features. We are using it in our computer lab from more than 5 years. It works fine for us.

 

http://www.faronics.com/products/deep-freeze/enterprise/

 






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