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Disk/partition protection for test environment RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi everybody,

    I recently stepped on steadystate while searching for a possibility to keep my system clean. For explanation: I need to install/test much software and so windows keeps getting wasted at regular intervals.
    I want to use steadystate for a test environment of unknown software/drivers on Windows XP.
    I imagine the following scenario:
    - System and programs are protected from any changes
    - Data is saved on an unprotected partition

    Following should be possible:
    - I should be able to install and configure any software or drivers (I must have admin privileges)
    - the changes should be available until I decide to reset (not at predetermined date/time or for any reboot)
    - System/program updates and permanent changes (e.g. adding software permanently) should be possible

    Is this possible with steadystate?
    Can I also protect other partitions than C?
    What does steadystate do with junction points or symbolic links on a protected drive?

    Hoping for enlightment :)
    Chris
    Friday, April 17, 2009 10:02 AM

Answers

  • What does steadystate do with junction points or symbolic links on a protected drive?
    Hi,

    Those are file system abstractions, and thus are ignored by Windows Disk Protection.



    Thanks,
    Rob Elmer
    Development Lead
    Windows SteadyState
    Tuesday, April 21, 2009 4:07 AM

All replies

  • Hi Chris, based on my knowledge, we can only use Windows Disk Protection to protect system partition. Symbolic links should not work under this situation. That is to say, we cannot use Windows Disk Protection to protect drive D or other partitions (I assume the system partition is C).


    Sean Zhu - MSFT
    Monday, April 20, 2009 7:16 AM
    Moderator
  • What does steadystate do with junction points or symbolic links on a protected drive?
    Hi,

    Those are file system abstractions, and thus are ignored by Windows Disk Protection.



    Thanks,
    Rob Elmer
    Development Lead
    Windows SteadyState
    Tuesday, April 21, 2009 4:07 AM