Deep Freeze can be configured to provide a scheduled maintenance window where any changes made by 3rd party applications will become permanent. Additionally some applications can be redirected to an optional unprotected portion of the disk. The unprotected portion of the disk could either be a disk partition, or an area created by Deep Freeze called ThawSpace. Applications redirected to an unprotected portion of the disk will retain their updates even after a reboot.
There are various time-tested methods of accomplishing this. You can redirect your data to a ThawSpace or an unprotected partition. Any data redirected to the ThawSpace or unprotected partition is saved even upon reboot.
An anti-virus solution works alongside Deep Freeze to protect workstations from being temporarily infected by malware as well as spreading malicious code to the entire network. The Faronics Layered Security Approach incorporates the new Faronics Anti-Virus solution, the initial layer of protection, Faronics AntiExecutable, the whitelisting layer of protection to help tackle zero day and targeted attacks, and Deep Freeze which tackles unauthorized system changes and remnants of threats and completely removes them from the system upon reboot.
No. Imaging, as a process, is primarily optimized for the deployment of new systems or pushing changes to a large number of computers and generally requires some type of scheduled action or someone throwing a switch to initiate the imaging process. With Deep Freeze installed, you will have an instant reboot to restore solution. This means that any system changes or misconfigurations are removed and the computer is back to its original configuration upon reboot. With Deep Freeze, this is an instantaneous process requiring no intervention once configured.
Going back to an earlier instance carries some danger because there's no way to know if malicious code attached itself to a computer in a dormant state. It is impossible to determine which is the best instance to revert to. With Deep Freeze, there's a guarantee, that upon a simple restart, all malicious code and other changes will be removed and the computer returned to its original configuration.
Deep Freeze can save you a lot of time troubleshooting staff computers. It is completely unobtrusive to the users who are still able to easily store and save data locally. Users will have access to their programs and valuable data quickly without worries of losing it. Their system will be up and running with the assurance that they are fully protected against performance issues. You will drastically cut your troubleshooting and user support time while the user will have uninterrupted service. Deep Freeze currently protects staff computers in industries such as Finance and Banking, Government, High-tech and Healthcare.
None of these tools are designed to protect the disk image from malware or system corruption. At best, they can use a file system-level repair such as imaging or file-repair. They are not effective on laptops that may not be logged into the network domain. They cannot protect from kernel level threats, and require IT intervention to operate that causes user help desk calls and frustration. Deep Freeze automates disk-level protection and eliminates the help desk calls and user frustration. All Deep Freeze machines can be deployed AND managed using these existing tools, but they do NOT do what Deep Freeze does.
Although re-imaging may be relatively quick from an IT perspective, from a user perspective, re-imaging is disruptive to their work and the time to respond to the call can make re-imaging exceed 1 or more hours. Users may need to file an IT support ticket and wait until their support ticket is answered based on the priority in which it was received (which can take hours or even longer).This severely disrupts user productivity.
Moreover, it's difficult to know which image snapshot to revert to, which adds extra challenges. Deep Freeze can eliminate this entire problem and the user frustration and help desk calls that go with it by a simple restart of the user system.
There are over 1600 different policies in Microsoft Server 2003 and over 2400 in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. The complexity is enormous and the possibility of making policy changes that will cause system conflicts is high. Deep Freeze eliminates the need for managing local system policies to lock down systems, and does a more effective.
With 60,000 new unique pieces of malware emerging daily, relying on one method of security alone is no longer enough. The Faronics Approach to layered security protects against multiple layers of potential threats on one central console, offering a simple, first-rate security system and peace of mind. Faronics Anti-Executable offers an advanced level of endpoint security that delivers additional peace of mind, while Faronics Anti-Virus works hard to keep the known threats out without compromising system performance. To add in triple layered protection, Faronics Deep Freeze delivers enterprise-wide security against accidental or malicious damage with every reboot.