College with many labs using Windows 7 in a Windows 2008 Domain environment.
1000+ computers. 3000+ students
Machines are using Deep Freeze (http://www.faronics.com/products/deep-freeze
Since all machines are frozen everytime a student logs in it has to generate his profiles based on the default profile but it takes around 8 min to do so.
Desktop screen also it's always black since the default profile don't seem to transfer our custom desktop image.
If I log in with the computer unfrozen with a student id. After that since it's cached it will take 30 seconds to log in with the same student but I can't allow to have thousands of different profiles in each machine.
What I'm trying to accomplish:
- Log in times needs to be way better, around 1 min or less if possible.
- Desktop Image be the same in all pcs and laptops.
- Size of profiles be small. (One reason we use DeepFreeze).
1 - Best way to create and copy/use a default profile in Windows 7 in a way the desktop image, links, favorites, shortcuts and initial configuration of apps once done won't ask for registration again. I know it used to be more easy in XP. (Any link or step by step procedure)
2 - Will a roaming profile will be faster? How?
3 - It's the use of DeepFreeze a good idea in this case?
4 - How can I have the same profiles cached for any user even if they are using different accounts?
Thanks in advance.