I've been looking for a better solution than ghosting and rebuilding to package, and I think I finally found it.

With this program called Deep freeze, I am allowed to do a clean build of a machine, and "freeze" its operating state. Once frozen, no matter what changes I do, weither it be adding or removing programs or files, the system will revert back EXACTLY to the way it was frozen. For multi-reboot packages, you can "thaw" the system which allows for changes to be carried over to the next reboot, then re-enable the freeze mode and you're ready for the next package! I've built two packages very cleanly this way, and it has saved me SO much time. I highly recommend it. Has anyone else had any experience with this tool?

http://www.faronics.com/html/deepfreeze.asp
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Sure have...
Love it... love it... love it...

I have been using it for around a year.
I work for a uni, and i have all the student labs across the campus frozen.
I have to say i regular email faronics with ideas for improvements.
A factor you need to consider is os patching (deepfreeze maintenance), if ur using wsus then you need to open a 5 hr window during the night. This is ok normally.... but on 24 hr labs it can be pain. It has a warning system but there is a problem it say... machine will reboot in 3 mins, if you click ok.. it reboots straight away [:'(]

In my spare time i have been creating a staff build on SMS OSDFP, im using a custom diskpart script to create another partition, then custom ADM to change the profile folder path, to point to the new partition.
Will most likelly have antivirus installed on this partition as well.
Then finally hide this parition (GP).

Anyway thats my idea...
By the way Microsoft have sub licenced this from faronics and offer it for free.. on there website.
Although u get none of the management funtion you get with faronics product.
ITs simply a cmd line freeze... etc.
Answered 11/23/2005 by: rahvintzu
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