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Creating the Secure Managed Desktop: Using Group Policy, SoftGrid, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, and Other Management Tools by Jeremy Moskowitz

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11.1. Windows SteadyState Concepts and Installation

How would you ensure that you kept a clean machine, and ensure that users can use a "fresh copy" every time they walked up and wanted to use the system? Well, that's what SteadyState does. The idea is simple when you decide to use SteadyState:

  • Create the perfect machine with all the software you want. We'll call this the computer baseline.

  • Cache all hard drive writes (to the volume containing Windows).

  • Then, when the computer is rebooted, all those hard drive writes are dumped.

That way, your computer returns to its baseline state—regardless of what was written to the hard drive. But before we install it everywhere, let's make sure we're using the right tool (SteadyState) for the right job. It's ...

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