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  1. Set Restore on Reboot Protocols to Reduce Computer Downtime

    In any network environment, most IT administrators spend a majority of their time responding to basic computer issues. These problems can range from blue screens to software issues or system slowdowns. Generally, time is taken to troubleshoot the problems before taking the necessary actions to solve the issues. However, the time and resources it takes to resolve these issues can result in a significant backlog of IT tickets. Establishing restore on reboot protocols can save IT teams time and reduce computer downtime.

    What is Restore on Reboot?

    As its name suggests, a restore on reboot solution can reverse any changes once a system is rebooted. The IT administrator can create a default restore point. These settings will be guaranteed to work like the first time the system was ever set up. In order to save files and profiles, users can be directed to use separate network or cloud storage which is unaffected by the restore on reboot process. This instant system restore will allow the IT teams to easily fix most computer problems, and users will be up and running in no time.

    Optimize IT Response Time

    Managing computers for a small business, school, campus or large enterprise all have varying challenges. Responding to any of these problems, big or small, in a timely manner is of the utmost importance for any IT administrator. By implementing a restore on reboot system, IT teams can address more IT tickets at a faster rate. Simply rebooting any machine in

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  2. Analyze Threats with Faronics Anti-Executable in Audit Mode

    According to The National Institute of Standards and Technology, using application whitelisting in high-risk environments is recommended where it is vitally important that individual systems be secure. To provide more flexibility, the institute suggests a whitelist may also index approved application components, such as software libraries, plug-ins, extensions and configuration files. The goal of whitelisting is to protect computers and networks from potentially harmful applications. Preventing the installation of unauthorized executables is necessary to ensure a secure work environment. Running a program such as Faronics Anti-Executable in Audit Mode can log all application launches in order to learn from user interactions and build a comprehensive whitelist of installed applications.

    Anti-Executable software can automate whitelist creation for applications already installed on computers and effectively deploy software into active environments without requiring IT teams to re-image systems. Once verified by an IT administrator, a control list can be moved from Audit Mode, to Partial or Full Protection mode via a staged deployment option. This comprehensive control list can be used as a template and be applied to other systems to prevent other files from running without affecting day-to-day operations.

    Audit Mode is the best way to analyze user behavior in order to prevent the installation of malicious software such as malware and other advanced persistent threats. All software activity can be easily reported, including which programs are causing the most violations and which computers have the highest number of security issues. IT administrators can allow or block the execution of applications on

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  3. Faronics Deep Freeze Adds Autodesk Fusion 360 to Software Updater

    The film, construction, medical, and other technical industries all rely on 3D modeling to entertain and innovate. Many of these designers and engineers use Autodesk® Fusion 360™ as their preferred 3D CAD, CAM and CAE tool for both Mac and PC. In order to get the most out of this software and maintain optimal functionality and compatibility, it requires the latest updates. In collaboration with Autodesk, Deep Freeze Software Updater now supports Fusion 360. Autodesk Fusion 360 customers were experiencing challenges with keeping their software up-to-date in a lab environment while maintaining security, Software Updater offers a hands-off approach to updating their 3D CAD/CAM tools.

    Deep Freeze Cloud administrator, Alex Mitchell, the Director of Academic Technology Support at the University of North Carolina shared, “The addition of Autodesk Fusion 360 to Deep Freeze Software Updater has saved us time and manpower. We no longer have a need to manually update the software.”

    Software Updater allows users to automatically download, install and update popular products across Deep Freeze and non Deep Freeze computers. With Deep Freeze integration, Software Updater ensures software is always up-to-date without having to thaw, install and re-freeze computers. The software allows users to setup up a scheduled maintenance cycle, which simplifies the updating of third-party apps on a regular basis. Software Updater is included as part of the Deep Freeze Premium or Ultimate bundles and can install and automatically update 85+ products like Chrome, Flash, Java and more. The cloud-based management console also displays activity

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  4. Smarter Classroom Management with Faronics Insight

    Computers and tablets have become an essential part of a modern classroom environment. Students and teachers rely on technology to conduct classes, complete assignments, and collaborate with each other. However, managing all these different devices in school has led to various maintenance and monitoring concerns. Teachers and IT administrators shouldn’t have to worry about spending all their time fixing computers. Educational institutions are turning to classroom management software such as Faronics Insight to support multiple labs and classrooms with ease.

    The introduction of technology into schools has redefined what it means to manage a classroom. Monitoring activity and managing the health of the devices students are using is just as important as the lesson plans. To simplify the process, classroom management software like Faronics Insight employs a central management console with tools that help teachers create a better learning environment, while allowing IT managers to support machines across an entire network. IT admins can efficiently interact with students and faculty to assist them with any computer related issues. To keep everything running smoothly, IT managers are able to monitor power levels, hardware status and software inventory as well as generate reports on students application use and internet history. Insight supports Windows and Mac as well as Chromebook, iOS and Android devices.

    In the classroom, the Insight Teachers Console allows them to see at a glance what each student is doing in real-time. Teachers can also bring up a class list and

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  5. Deep Freeze ThawSpaces in the Cloud

    Now more than ever, educational institutions and other organizations are becoming more mobile. A connected environment is an essential tool for any student or workforce. However, maintaining reliable file accessibility has led to several IT administrative challenges. File management issues are compounded when having to deal with public access or multi-user computers. One solution is to use popular file hosting cloud services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive to save and share important documents. This method is a better alternative than moving and saving sensitive files on local ThawSpaces or USB drives which can be easily stolen.

    Have a look at the following infographic to understand how Cloud Sync works in conjunction with your Deep Freeze deployment.

     

    With Cloud Sync, users will be able to manage their files by simply logging in with their company or school cloud storage credentials to easily access their files on the cloud directly from their desktops. Cloud Sync allows for seamless file management between a user’s computer and online storage with its automatic syncing feature. Admins will have the option to selectively sync specific folders, such as Documents or Downloads, they would like users to have access to on the cloud. Once a file is synced up, files are deleted, preventing any redundant copies while conserving local hard drive space.

    The use of cloud services in school and business environments has made it easier to manage multi-user computers. The number of cloud-based file sharing

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