[Samba] System Imaging

MJBarber at Hearst.com MJBarber at Hearst.com
Fri Jun 24 19:13:06 GMT 2005

Deep Freeze is a pretty slick product... it truly locks down the hard 
drive.  Lets the user do anything he wants install, delete whatever...then 
on reboot everything is back.  Not really sure how it works, someone 
mentioned interrupt 13 and that it appears to do what you want but on 
reboot all is back.  It is designed to be security software but they have 
added a bunch of utilities that make it look more like SMS or Ghost...I 
used it at Plattsburgh State in NY.  It was about $35 a unit then ... not 
sure what it is now.

Off-topic, sorry, but just to explain to others....relatively quickly.

Michael J Barber
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Tomasz Chmielewski <mangoo at mch.one.pl>
Sent by: samba-bounces+mjbarber=hearst.com at lists.samba.org
06/24/2005 01:45 PM
        cc:     samba at lists.samba.org
        Subject:        Re: [Samba] System Imaging

> I am using Samba 3.0.20pre1 as a DC and I want to know if there is
> something similar to Deep Freeze www.faronics.com (except open source)
> for Linux.  Deep Freeze automatically compares the software installation
> on a client machine to an image on a server.  If the client machine
> differs, the client is automatically synced with the server.  I want to
> achieve this with Samba and a linux tool if possible.

I don't know what Deep Freeze is, but you can achieve a similar result 
to one that you describe with WPKG - http://wpkg.org
Depending on how you configure it, it is able to install and/or remove 
software on your workstations (according to the setup on the server side 
- in this case it would be Samba).

So for example, you can configure it so that all clients (or groups of 
your clients) set up to use it will have Acrobat, Firefox etc. 
installed, and some other software deinstalled (for example, if you no 
longer need to use Photoshop).

If you combine it with Unattended - http://unattended.sf.net - you will 
have self-repairing network (like they write it on www.faronics.com - "A 
simple restart restores your workstations down to the last bit and 

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