Cooperative Lab Management: Windows

CLM Tools and Features specific to our Windows platform include the following:

  • SysMan Build Key: a customized OS deployment application that uses a 10GB USB flash drive to install Windows on the machine in as little as 5 minutes of staff time.
  • Remote rebuild: computers can be remotely scheduled to rebuild themselves if they are malfunctioning or if a new set of application suites is deployed.
  • Hardened OS Image: the file system and system configuration have been secured to make it difficult for users to interfere with the operation of the system.
  • Computers are automatically joined to a Microsoft Windows domain (win.psu.edu), managed by the CLM Team, in a delegated OU structure.
  • Participants get administrative accounts with elevated privileges to access their OU(s) and workstations.
  • Updates:  the CLM Team tests and deploys OS and application patches using both IBM BigFix and WSUS (Windows Software Update Service).
  • Roaming profiles: contain user preferences and application settings that follow the user from computer to computer.  The CLM Team maintains servers at most campuses where roaming profiles can reside for faster loading for users affiliated with that campus.   User profiles are automatically moved when users change locations.
  • User tools include:
    • Clear Profile: a Web-based utility to clear or reset the roaming profile when application settings are encountering problems.
    • Classroom Control: for use by instructors from a podium computer in a classroom to lock student screens, send messages, reboot, etc.
  • Administrator tools include:
    • Lab Commander: This is a Windows application for administrators to control lab computers (query, schedule reboot, issue commands, etc.). This talks to a custom service running on each machine.
    • Update Service: A Windows service written by the CLM Team for managing the computers; responds to commands from Lab Commander.

Further Information

Questions from potential partners about this program can be sent to us via our help request form.

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Last Updated August 17, 2017