[mswindowsxp] Re: Authorizations

  • From: "Tahlia Thomas" <tahlia@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <mswindowsxp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2004 23:50:53 -0500

We have had the same problem with user rights. I work at a college with many
programming classes. You gotta love Microsoft - VS.Net requires Debugger
User, but modules in VB & C++ require Power User - and neither will work
with the other's rights. So we had to go to admin in labs that run both.

But we found a great solution: Hyper Technologies (recently merged with
Faronics) "Deep Freeze". Software level protection, and everything goes back
to original condition after a reboot. It allows saving to mounted drives if
you're using NTFS. This allows for DAT updates, document saving, etc.

It has an enterprise management console to thaw & refreeze the systems for
maintenance, and we have set it up with WOL & SUS for automatic Windows &
DAT updates when in a thawed state.

We've used it for about a year now, and have had no problems. I repeat -

We used Centurion hardware locks in the past, but the Deep Freeze is more
flexible and a lot cheaper. We spent < $15.00 per workstation when
purchasing 500 licenses.

Here's their web address:  http://www.faronics.com/main.asp

I don't rave about much, but this software has changed my life. And the
users are happy because everything always works.

Best of luck.

-----Original Message-----
From: mswindowsxp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:mswindowsxp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Jim Betz
Sent: Wednesday, January 14, 2004 3:08 PM
To: mswindowsxp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [mswindowsxp] Re: Authorizations

  This isn't a problem with getting it to install.  The install
requires Admin authority.  I don't have a problem with that.  What
I need is for the application to run correctly for a user that is
a Limited User.  The user(s) in this case are Secretaries - in a
small office without a full time 'computer guru' present.  So
there is always at least one person in the office who thinks
they are good enough to 'try something' ... and that results in
chaos about 10% of the time.  If they didn't have Admin rights
then the amount of damage they can do is considerably reduced
and that is what I want.

  I'm confused by the suggestion to use compatibility mode.
This software runs correctly as an XP application without
compatibility mode.  But it fails to run if the user is a
Limited user because it is opening a file in Documents and Settings,
All Users - for update - and XP says "nope, no you don't".  I know,
I know - I've asked why this file needs to be there and they
won't even talk about that!
  Are you saying that if the application is switched to run in
compatibility mode that it won't fail in this way?

  Yes, I have put the users into Admin authority as a bypass.  But
that doesn't make it something I want to do!  What I want to do is
to get the application developers off there fat *sse* and work on
a real solution.  But in order to do that I need to convince them
that they can do what they want to do.

  So - again - any one out there who has actually written a XP
enabled application that dealt with this kind of stuff - please
contact me directly (offline).  Thanks.

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