Deep Freeze is a technology for personal computers which allows them to be
restarted in the middle of the night so that in the morning, any changes
users have made will be wiped clean.
Why use Deep Freeze?
The library and lab PCs currently run more slowly than they could, and there
is garbage savedto the desktop, as well as pop-ups. The RU Division of
Information Technology choose Deep Freeze over a couple of other brands.
Deep Freeze is used at other universities and has a good record; there are
technicians constantly working to develop it at the company; and tech support
is 24/7. Fortress was used in the past—very restrictive. Deep Freeze allows
much more control over things.
What it does…
Deep Freeze provides a cleaner image when students sit down on machine.
In the middle of the night, the software is rebooted and reverts to the
original state from which it was built. A nightly “thaw” erases any alterations
made during the day and allows the PC to download any software upgrades
that might be pending. During the day, Deep Freeze will also reboot after
45 minutes of inactivity. The user will be warned 5 min before it has done so.
What does it mean for me?
Students need to adjust by saving their work to USB drive or CD-RW, both
available at the university bookstore. The library also has USB drives that
students may request for a 3-hour loan. Saving to the desktop is still
possible; however, the file should then be sent as an attachment in an
email to one’s self – either to a personal account or to MyMail – prior to
leaving the library.
For more information, visit: http://www.roosevelt.edu/doit/labs/deepfreeze.htm