Cooperative Lab Management: Windows

CLM Tools and Feature specific to the Windows 7 platform are:

  • SysMan Build Key: a customized OS deployment application that uses an 8GB 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 CLC, in an OU structure.
  • Participants get adminisrative accounts with elevated privileges to access their OU(s) and workstations.
  • Updates: CLC tests and deploys OS and application patches using both BigFix and WSUS (Windows Software Update Service).
  • Roaming profiles: contain user preferences and application settings that follow the user from computer to computer.  CLC maintains servers at most campuses where roaming profilfes 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 the instructor 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 CLC for managing the computers; responds to commands from Lab Commander.

Further Information

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Last Updated November 25, 2014