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    Shared computer toolkit

    can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/s...s/default.mspx
    Has anyone see used or has it implomented at the moment i would love to know If it is any good.

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    Re: Shared computer toolkit

    I tried it a while back and I just got problems with it. So i used Access Manager instead. Can't remember what the problems were I faced so sorry not be of any more help.

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    Re: Shared computer toolkit

    Useful for locking down a workgroup that isnt part of a domain i believe...

    I *think* thats about it.

    Nath.

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    Re: Shared computer toolkit

    There's been a thread on it recently.

    We've just used it for some laptops that are to be used on and off network. Bitch to set up but work fine so far.

    New version is expected out early summer called 'Steady State' - no more partitioning required! woohoo :P

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    Re: Shared computer toolkit

    Tried this a while back, tried to get rid of it and it has somehow attached itself to a number of roaming profiles. Wish we had never discovered it really. Try deep Freeze instead, i managed to delete a large majority of the C drive, rebooted the machine and it was all back. Give it a try it makes your machine bullet proof. I havn't found anything that can beat it yet

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    Re: Shared computer toolkit

    We set up the SCT on the computers in our school library about a year ago. It was a bit of a pain to set up because the drives had to be repartitioned. Once it was set up we found it to be really useful. We were running an ECDL course using the library machines, so we needed to allow the users to have local admin access to the machines so that they could reconfigure them. The SCT was great because they could do whatever they liked to the machines and it just takes a reboot to get the computers back to their original state.

    We use mandatory profiles on our network, so we never had any profile related issues. The only problem we had was with stuff like WSUS and Antivirus updates. We had to turn off disk protection every now and then to update the machines, and remember to turn it off to install new apps. You can use software like beyondexec and batch files to remotely turn on/off the disk protection on a number of PCs at once though...

    The SCT in general feels a bit clunky to use. Steady State is looking pretty slick though.

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    Re: Shared computer toolkit

    Tried to use steadystate the other day. It managed to block the local administator and then systematically managed to stop me from doing anything as the domain administrator. Strangely, though, it was more than happy for me to uninstall it.

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    Re: Shared computer toolkit

    I implemented this into a test environment a long while back, wasn't too bad... but as stated, the repartitioning was a nightmare.

    I did however find a nice program to do this, without re-installing the operating system! The program is located back at home, so I'll have to update you with the program shortly.

    I am looking to implement this for A-Level students, so they can do what they want to the machines, and then have it return to normal!

    Let me also know any advice for an easy way of implementing this on a computer suite.

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    Re: Shared computer toolkit

    we've used it for conditioning laptops for exam conditions but found it to be pretty hard to use on a multiple use basis.

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    Re: Shared computer toolkit

    Quote Originally Posted by plock
    I implemented this into a test environment a long while back, wasn't too bad... but as stated, the repartitioning was a nightmare.

    I did however find a nice program to do this, without re-installing the operating system! The program is located back at home, so I'll have to update you with the program shortly.

    I am looking to implement this for A-Level students, so they can do what they want to the machines, and then have it return to normal!

    Let me also know any advice for an easy way of implementing this on a computer suite.
    I think you'd be better off with something like Deep Freeze.

    http://www.faronics.com/html/deepfreeze.asp

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    Re: Shared computer toolkit

    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff
    I think you'd be better off with something like Deep Freeze.

    http://www.faronics.com/html/deepfreeze.asp
    To be honest, I would agree also. However, due to budget in the Teaching ICT department, the free version from Microsoft was favoured. I'm still pushing for Deep Freeze though!

    Cheers...

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