[Athen] Deep Freeze & AT

Shawn Foster FosterS at sou.edu
Fri May 30 09:54:20 PDT 2008

Thank you for taking the time to provide such a detailed response! We had to move to local profiles only earlier this year, but kept the option for students using AT to maintain a roaming profile. Sounds like this should still, for the most part, work.
Again, thanks so much!

Shawn Foster
Assistive Technology Specialist
Disability Services for Students
Southern Oregon University
V/TTY: (541)552-6213

>>> On 5/29/2008 at 4:49 PM, in message <Pine.WNT.4.64.0805291642500.5816 at ATL-Dan2>, Dan Comden <danc at washington.edu> wrote:

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
great timesaver.

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 Comdendanc at washington.edu
Access Technology Labhttp://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


> Shawn Foster

> Assistive Technology Specialist

> Disability Services for Students

> Southern Oregon University

> V/TTY: (541)552-6213


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