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    The same way you let students run any programs? Install it somewhere decent, create an exception, hash allowance or whatever you use for them to run it, and create a shortcut. No different to any other program like Word etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by Divaldo View Post
    I'm currently launching it from the following batch file which works really well for the teachers who do have access to the command prompt:
    I made myself a custom exe that wrapped all the commands together, so it's that exe that they are allowed to run and the rest is called from that. No bat/vbs etc

    Steve

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    Thanks Steve, that sounds like it will do the trick. Can you tell me what you used to do that?

    Thanks.

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    Just used a VB.net program calling the commands via shell etc Basic but does the job and doesn't require anything modified in terms of bat/vbs/scripts etc

    But you could use any exe creator really.

    Steve

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    Brilliant, I'll give it a bash. Cheers.

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    This worked like a dream, thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Divaldo View Post
    This worked like a dream, thanks.
    what did you use to wrap it all up in an exe?

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    I used 'Advanced BAT to EXE converter v2.83' , Advanced BAT to EXE Converter - Freeware compile batch files to exe with Mouse Input

    The site looks a bit dodgy, but after scans with a couple of anti-virus products, it seems safe.

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    Hi all,

    I've got round to this and im using the bat script shourtcut further up in the thread - thanks for that..

    Anyway, once the VM is up and running, the students can then right click on the Vbox Manage icon on the taskbar and can get into the settings for the VM. They cant change the important ones but some they can. Is there anyway of locking that down?

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamin100 View Post
    Hi all,

    I've got round to this and im using the bat script shourtcut further up in the thread - thanks for that..

    Anyway, once the VM is up and running, the students can then right click on the Vbox Manage icon on the taskbar and can get into the settings for the VM. They cant change the important ones but some they can. Is there anyway of locking that down?

    Thanks!
    Don't use vboxmanage, use vboxsdl No menus/buttons etc etc, just the VM.

    Code:
    "C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox\vboxsdl.exe" -vm "My Python"
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    When I use vboxsdl I get the error

    The computer can't start because MSVCR71.dll is missing from your computer

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    Great thread... many thanks to all those involved

    However (theirs always a 'however') I'm seeing the same issue as others where I can right click on the task bar and select the 'Oracle VM Virtualbox.exe' to gain access to some settings. I've tried using vboxsdl but it doesn't appear to work.

    Also where are you all allowing the students to save their work?

    Thanks

    Ben

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    how does Virtualbox handle network cards. I gather a common problem with allowing students access to this kind of stuff is they can add network adapters and play. Although unlikely, they could in theory replicate a DC's IP or something.
    I have gathered that only the paid VMWare workstation got round this (which is what I told my IT teacher when he asked) so would love to hear.

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    You can disable networks cards and adding network cards with the batch file shortcut as above

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    Hey guys, found myself on here after doing some research in to a solution for creating a coder environment.
    I have everything all set and working however I am in the same situation as Divaldo originally was before using BAT to EXE converter.

    Just wondering how this program works, can I put the commands from my BAT file directly in to this and create the EXE or do I need to use different commands like rem LaunchSilent etc?

    My BAT currently resembles the one originally posted by synaesthesia because I liked the bulletproof approach



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