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Keep windows installation clean

Hey guys!

Im not sure if this is possible but most things is so lets give it a shot..

I run Morae observer and Morae recorder on 4 computers. 2 are observers and 2 are recorders.
I would like to be able to make these computers fall back to a clean install maybe once a week or something like that.
The clean install would be Windows 7 professional, drivers and Morae applications.

Many different users use these computers so its hard to keep them clean from different users settings and so on, thats why it would be nice if they went back to a specific state when I wanted it.

How would you guys set this up?

Im not sure this is the best explanation so please ask if you dont get what I mean.

Thanks for reading!
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Chris MillardCommented:
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Vinchenzo-the-SecondCommented:
You would have create an image, and restore the image when you want the clean install back.  You Can do this by using sysprep.

Another way is virtualization.  Create your VMs, when you have your clean install just create a snapshot.  When you want your clean install back just revert back to the snapshot
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You could set the disks in the Virtual Machine as Non-persistant.

 Set to non-persistant.
ALL Changes to the disk are discarded at power down.

Or you could use Snapshot Manager to take a snapshot, and revert the Virtual Machine back to the save snapshot.

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coolsport00Commented:
Ate these VMs? Are they VMware? If not, you can create them as VMware VMs (do a P2V) and make the virtual disk non-persistent, which restores the VM back to its orig state upon reboot. Mo snaps needed.

Regards,
~coolsport00
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anvendarnamnAuthor Commented:
Great advices..

The Morae applications doesnt seem to work that good when I use them in vmware or Parallels desktop on a mac so I will probably get the same problems on the pc. So I guess it would be better not to run them virtualized. The video streaming lags pretty much.

ill try some of the alternatives and report back later on..
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anvendarnamnAuthor Commented:
@ coolsport00 They are not VMs atm but I might use that if I can get the videostreaming to run smoothly.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Okay, well if not VMs you cannot use those techniques something to consider of the use of VMware ACE.

If you are planning to use VMware and P2V, look at the following to convert

Download VMware vCenter Converter here

http://downloads.vmware.com/d/info/datacenter_downloads/vmware_vcenter_converter_standalone/4_0

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 4.x Documentation

http://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/converter_pubs.html

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 4.3 User Guide

http://www.vmware.com/pdf/convsa_43_guide.pdf

For the conversion steps, read fellow Expert Bestway's article.

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/VMWare/A_3639-VMware-vConverter-P2V-for-Windows-Servers.html

Best Practice Video Guide here

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1004588

As if was posted in a VMware Zone assumed these were virtual.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You've also got VMware Player and Virtualbox 4.0 which you can download and use for free.

http://downloads.vmware.com/d/info/desktop_downloads/vmware_player/3_0

http://www.virtualbox.org/
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coolsport00Commented:
Using VMs would be good. The neat thing about non-persistant virtual disks is that you can 'undo' non-persistant disks and the VM can get data changes (i.e. updates, etc.). Then, you can turn it back on and from the time you turn it on is when the VM will 'revert' to.

~coolsport00
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If you are excperiencing video lag you then should consider VMware View 4.6 and PCoIP, and deliver your workstations this way, which can then also benefit from non-persistant disks.

VMware View 4.6 with PCoIP, gives a much better user and application experience, e.g. you can watch realtime video, YouTube, Streaming Video, over a 3G connection from an iPad.

But I don't know how many users you are trying to deploy to, and may be a costly implementation for so few users.

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coolsport00Commented:
Agreed; but if the PCs are via a WAN (branch locations?), then that isn't an option. WAN latency with View is still an issue (at least for us) :(

~coolsport00
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
PCoIP can be optimised for WAN latency,

checkout the http://www.teradici.com/media/resources/PCoIP-WAN-brief.pdf
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coolsport00Commented:
How recent is that "hanccocka"? The traffic we tested with didn't involve anything extensive...just simple web browsing, and it SUCKED! If this is 'hot-off-the-press', we'll have to revisit and check it out.

~coolsport00
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
No, that's been around for a while. View 4.5/4.6. We don't have any issues, normally you don't optimize if you don't have issues.

PCoIP as you know is not a VMware Technology kind of!

It's Teradici
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anvendarnamnAuthor Commented:
Since I dont use virtual machines because of the video lagging Im going to use Deep freeze. Very easy to install and use.
Thank you all for good and fast information.
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