We used to use DriveShield in our lab and it worked quite well. If
anyone is using this product, I can give you some pointers that the
company won't tell you about. Since we've gone to domain logins and
restricted what students can do on the machine I haven't had problems
and thus have not reinstalled the DriveShield software. The downside is
that long login, which I consider a much bigger deal than do some people
I think if we added up all the lost instructional time due to those long
logins we would have a WBN (Wicked-Big Number). It's too bad that
Microsoft can't get their act together on this. I remember reading on
Novell's site once that they considered a login time of 5-15 seconds to
be a good target, not that we achieved that with all the scripts that
ran when we were a NetWare shop. It would be a great target, though. I
doubt that most of the data that gets transferred in a student's profile
helps us achieve our educational mission. Having a student who can't
follow along with the rest of the class certainly works against it.
Steve Barner, South Burlington
From: School Information Technology Discussion
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Craig Lyndes
Sent: Wednesday, February 13, 2008 11:03 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Desktop Security
I know that this topic has been on the list recently (I have been
lurking). However at my new job I have observed that their attempt at
desktop security has some negative consequences that I would like to
fix. They are currently using Windows Domain Logins with profiles that
on their older, slower machines make boot-up take up to 5 minutes
(creating a new profile for each student) and clutter up the hard drives
with old profiles.
Cut to the chase - Are there any schools out there that are using Disk
Imaging as a part of their desktop security system?
What I am proposing is to have some computers where the users have full
access to the local machine. They can install plugins, change the
desktop, do whatever they wish with the computer. If something happens
to the machine that causes it to become compromised then the computer is
reimaged from a standard image stored on the network. If you are using
an imaging solution, which one, what are its benefits and how much does
it cost? Are there any repercussions to having unlocked desktops (not
everywhere, but where appropriate and requested)?
Question #2 - What are people using for desktop security that is
installed locally on the computer, not a server/login based solution?
I am not enamored with Windows servers and am thinking of going open
source for network resources. This would require the machines that need
to have the desktop managed have something locally installed. I am
familiar with Deep Freeze, which seems to work very well. I've also
struggled with Fortress, which I found to be very good at disabling the
machine upon which it is installed, and therefore a less than ideal
solution. What are people using? We are using Icon Lock successfully
on the Win 98 machines (approx 1/3 of the machines still).
Thanks In Advance
Franklin Central SU
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