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How do you do....it? Thread, Virtualbox + image for programming classes in Technical; I just pasted the commands as they were directly into the convertor, it seemed to do the trick....
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    I just pasted the commands as they were directly into the convertor, it seemed to do the trick.

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    Thanks for the response, just gave that a go and it still seems to load a CMD window when launching the exe - which as a student just ends up being a CMD window letting them know that CMD is disabled by the administrator.
    Am I missing something?

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    That worked for me, all I had to check was that my student lockdown GPO was allowing command prompt script processing, but preventing access to the command prompt.

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    I'll have to look in to that - that's probably the issue as some of our settings are a bit overzealous.
    Am I right in thinking that even with script processing is enabled it will still stop the students from running their own batch/ script files because it would be attempting to launch CMD with their permissions?

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    That's right, that's how we have it set up and they can't do anything like that. Might also be worth checking whether you have any additional software restriction policies set up that might be having an effect.

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    Like you suggested, it was just the script processing stopping it - Cheers for the pointers

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    Does anyone have a write-up on how to do this on a vanilla windows network? I would normally research it all myself but I have limited time.

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    no one?

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    It's quite straightforward on a vanilla setup, or was for us

    Follow the same instructions for extracting the MSI and certificate from the EXE.
    Add the certificate into your GPO, reboot workstations then deploy VB to your workstations.

    We then created our OS image, made it an immutable disk, and then used the xml file to configure the restrictions for VB instead of using the batch file method.
    We choose to use a specific folder on the local workstation to store the Virtualbox user files and the VM, so we set an Environmental variable via GPP for all users pointing to that folder.
    Finally we used the default method to create the VM shortcut to desktop and assigned that to users so they never actually see the main VB program.

    To deploy out the VM, we use a batch file and robocopy to copy the whole VB storage folder to target machines.

    Been working nicely for the last 3 months

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    To save a bit of time, I have attached the certificate Oracle use to sign their VirtualBox driver with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    Mine is copied to each PC. It's only 7gb (windows 7 x86 "lite") with all the relevant stuff installed.
    @synaesthesia How did you make your image "lite". I looked at nlite but it doesn't seem to support Windows 7. Also looked at RT7lite but the links to the downloads don't work.
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    managed to download a copy of rt7lite from softpedia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fiza View Post
    managed to download a copy of rt7lite from softpedia.
    Don't bother with rt7lite. It hasn't been updated for over four years. WinToolkit is much better.

    Btw, you can also remove stuff using DISM or an AutoUnattend.xml file. e.g.

    Code:
    dism /online /disable-feature /featurename:InboxGames
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    I can't remember, it was a lite version I'd had lying around before. RT7Lite does ring a bell though, could very possibly have been that. Stripped out everything unnecessary like games, screensavers, themes yada yada, updated it fully, installed the IDE's and went from there. It's a pain if anything needs adding to it later down the line as it means redistributing a 9GB image to all our ICT machines but haven't had to do that yet.

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    Does anyone know what the licensing situation would be for the VMs if we ran Windows 7 inside them if we have an EES agreement?

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