[Athen] Deep Freeze & AT
danc at washington.edu
Thu May 29 16:49:25 PDT 2008
We continue to use DeepFreeze in our major computer labs here at the
University of Washington, including AT-dedicated workstations as well as
a bunch of general use workstations with AT software installed. It is a
The only software where we're addressing user profiles is with
NaturallySpeaking -- on those stations we're using a program called
junction.exe to point the user files to a thawed partition on the hard
drive. These thawed partitions are vulnerable, however and while we've
been using them for a couple of years now, there have been two instances
of them being deleted by other users.
For custom user settings with specific software, I've worked with students
who tend to use a particular workstation to set up the relevant software
as they need, save those settings while the machine is thawed, then teach
them how to load those settings as needed.
We're currently exploring options to make these settings files reside on a
server. Unfortunately because Windows doesn't provide permissions to
applications separately from users, this is a challenge. We are
reconsidering use of roaming profiles for a very small subset of students
on campus. We currently don't have resources to pursue this option though.
We've rolled out ZoomText on a ten seat license to a few hundred machines
and it seems to be working well so far. With the use of macro software and
user training, it's completely conceivable that students could maintain
their own user settings file on a USB drive.
-*- Dan Comden danc at washington.edu
Access Technology Lab http://www.washington.edu/computing/atl/
University of Washington UW Technology Services
On Thu, 29 May 2008, Shawn Foster wrote:
> I remember seeing some posts quite some time ago about Deep Freeze and
> difficulties with various AT packages that use user profiles. If you are
> using Deep Freeze on your campus, would you drop me a line and let me
> know how it's working with your AT software? Does it interfere with the
> use of user profiles, and how have you managed it? We run JAWS,
> ZoomText, and Kurzweil on our network (Kurzweil goes in this summer,
> anyway) and Dragon as a machine-specific install.
> Thanks in advance!
> Shawn Foster
> Assistive Technology Specialist
> Disability Services for Students
> Southern Oregon University
> V/TTY: (541)552-6213
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