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Restrict Students in WIN2K Pro

By IG-Tech ·
I am setting up 75 laptops with WIN2K pro and OFF Pro for agency course use. I want to restrict students from
a. installing & uninstalling software.
b. changing or deleting configuration.

Any suggestion?

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You can configure Local Group Policy settings on the laptops utilizing Microsoft Management Consol (MMC). At the command prompt type MMC, then in the consol browse to open the file located at C:\Winnt\System32\grpedit.exe This is the group policy consol that will allow you to edit and define access to the system.

I hope this brief explanation helps!
ET

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by d.jones092 In reply to Restrict Students in WIN2 ...

As far as installing/uninstalling software: Typically the user cannot do this unless they are a member of Administrators or Power Users on the local machine. I say typically because I have seen exceptions with regards to older applications (early Win 9x and older 16-bit stuff) that doesn't try to change the registry. So, in my opinion, if the user(s) are not using applications of this type, you shouldn't need to worry about it.

As far as config changes, you need to do this via local policy changes.

Hope this helps.

Dennis Jones

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by ewgny In reply to Restrict Students in WIN2 ...

Partition the Drive so the students can save work to the D Drive. Install Deepfreeze www.deepfreezeusa.com "Freeze" the C: Drive
Every time the Laptop is rebooted the C: drive will be restored to the state is was in when it was "Frozen". When the student is done with the class, clean out the drive
I have found Deepfreeze to be the perfect product for a public/student PC. It's simple and inexpensive. You can download a trial version. I would say with 75 Laptops, it's the only way to go. In the new version Deepfreeze can be installed on a seup PC and imaged. It also has a "seed" install which can be part of an image. The seed allows you to install/uninstall Deepfreeze from the console. You can actually have a "thawed space" set up from within deepfreeze which would eliminate the need for a drive. An advantage of this is that when the student is done, by uninstalling and reinstalling Deepfreeze from the console, you could "wipe" the virtual thawed space. This would eliminate having to manually delete the students work individually on each laptop. Sounds complicated, but it's actually very simple to use.

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We are considering buying the deepfreeze.

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