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  • Can you create a local admin account that has install rights for software but cannot commit changes to the hard disk after a reboot. The laptop will be used for presentations and we want the users to be able to install apps as needed but not to commit the changes to the disk permantly?






    Thursday, July 24, 2008 8:54 PM


  • Hi Brandon,

    Short answer is Yes, but being an administrator they would have the ability to change the policies.  You could use SteadyState to "Protect the Disk" but reversions would have to be manual, nothing automatic like just always discarding changes on reboot. 

    You could also look at virtualization which makes a little more sense for a presentation type scenario.  You can look at VMWare Server and MS Virtual PC both of which are free.  Basically what you want to do is install a Virtual Machine on the laptop, install an OS and get it where it should be before any demos.  Once it is there you set a checkpoint (undo disks, differencing disks).  This will give you the option of discarding your changes or commiting them to disk.  So when they demo, they will demo from within the Virtual Machine, then the changes can be discarded on reboot.

    Either way both options are free, and it will take a little work to do your investigating but you can set them both up and see which one fits you best.  If you have any questions post them back.

    Friday, July 25, 2008 12:35 AM