We're pleased to announce an unprecedented number of product releases that have occurred over the past month, each with a new set of features and enhancements that we're pretty pumped about. Here's a breakdown of what you can look forward to with the following products:
Active Directory Integration
Active Directory users and groups can directly be added as Anti-Executable administrators and trusted users.
New Reporting Database
Efficient reporting possible with the new Reporting Database.
Top Blocked Programs
Top Violated Machines
UI and UX Improvements
More detailed information displayed to the user when a file is blocked
Detailed progress bar with time estimations is now visible while scanning the computer
Anti-Executable is now launched by double-clicking the Anti-Executable icon in the system tray
Windows Updates can now be cached on the workstation even when it is in a Frozen state. Updates will be applied when the computer is in Thawed state. Experience significantly faster execution of Windows Update Task because updates are already downloaded.
Detect when Windows Updates are finished
Automatically end the Windows Update Task. Setting an end time for Windows Update Task is now optional.
Protect Master Boot Record (MBR)
Deep Freeze prevents a virus from injecting into MBR.
Support for Hard Drives larger than 2 TB
WSUS Restrictions Removed
All updates downloaded from your WSUS will now be installed on the workstation. The previous limitation of only downloading and applying critical and security updates is now limited to updates downloaded directly from the Microsoft Update Website.
Port Exceptions for Deep Freeze Enterprise Console
Communication ports for Deep Freeze no longer need to be manually configured.
New and improved Deep Freeze Workstation and Console Service with Logging
Enables our Tech Support to help with any corner cases.
New and improved User Interface for the Deep Freeze Configuration Administrator
Usability improvements for Workstation Tasks (Maintenance Schedule). Dedicated Windows Update User Interface.
New and improved Graphics for the Deep Freeze Enterprise Console
User guides are linked online, reducing the size of the installer by half
New Utility - Deep Freeze MSI Packager
This utility is included in your download and allows you to convert the Deep Freeze Workstation Install Program (DFWks.exe) executable file into a Windows Installer (.MSI) file format.
Faronics has partnered with Dell to provide security and efficiency through endpoint control. The infographic explains how Faronics Deep Freeze integrates with Dell KACE, but if you're interested in learning more, check out this blog post by guest contributor Angela Luke from Dell KACE.
When we were approached earlier this year by philanthropists Ted Hoskins and Walt Reed from Maine to donate some Deep Freeze licences to a project in Southern Belize, we were eager to help. Ted and Walt, along with their crew of volunteers, have been working on various projects for several years in Monkey River, Belize to help rebuild the community, which was devastated during Hurricane Iris in 2001. They came to us for a solution to maintain the settings and configurations on some new laptops that were donated to the village's school computer lab. Check out this blog post to see how the kids are progressing.
Faronics was also pleased to partner with Softchoice for one of their Softchoice Cares philanthropic missions. The Softchoice Cares team set up 35 laptops at 7 different orphanages in Bali, Indonesia in April, so we again donated some Deep Freeze licences to the cause. By doing so, they are assured the laptops will maintain their original, desired settings and configurations. This will also scale back the amount of tech support required to run the labs. To learn more about the Softchoice Cares mission in Bali, check out this post.
Faced with a volatile energy market and a growing focus on sustainability, organisations are increasingly looking at more energy efficient strategies. Bim Parmar, Faronics VP of Marketing, talks to the UK's Green Wise Business Magazine on why the draft Energy Bill does nothing to help businesses.
Insight eliminates the headache of managing a computer-based learning environment. With the new free Tech Console, IT Administrators can do more with less. Administrators can now provide remote support and perform network management tasks without even leaving their desks. The Tech Console also allows IT to control Faronics Deep Freeze too.