How to Use Deep Freeze 7.21 to Protect Your Server
Deep Freeze 7.21 is a software solution that helps you preserve the configuration and data of your server by freezing it in a desired state. With Deep Freeze, you can revert any changes made to your server with a simple reboot, whether they are accidental or malicious. This way, you can ensure the optimal performance, security, and reliability of your server without spending time and resources on maintenance.
In this article, we will show you how to use Deep Freeze 7.21 to protect your server from unwanted changes and threats.
What's New in Deep Freeze 7.21
Deep Freeze 7.21 is the latest version of the software that supports Windows Server 2008, 2012, 2016, and 2019. It also supports Windows 11, which has been extensively tested without any known issues detected. Some of the new features and fixes in Deep Freeze 7.21 are:
Improved compatibility with Windows Xbox driver and Imation devices.
Resolved issues with slow login times, boot failures, and blue screens on some systems.
Resolved issues with installing and uninstalling Deep Freeze on cloud and on-premise environments.
Resolved issues with locking and unlocking mouse and keyboard on some devices.
Resolved issues with Windows Update system history entries.
You can find the full release notes for Deep Freeze 7.21 here.
How to Install Deep Freeze 7.21 on Your Server
To install Deep Freeze 7.21 on your server, you need to download the installer from the Faronics website. You can choose between the Standard edition or the Enterprise edition, depending on your needs and preferences. The Standard edition is suitable for single or small-scale servers, while the Enterprise edition allows you to manage multiple servers from a central console.
Once you have downloaded the installer, you need to run it as an administrator and follow the instructions on the screen. You will be asked to enter a license key, which you can obtain from Faronics after purchasing the software. You will also be asked to create a password, which you will need to access the Deep Freeze configuration settings later.
After the installation is complete, you need to reboot your server for the changes to take effect. Your server will be frozen in its current state, meaning that any changes made after the reboot will be discarded upon the next reboot.
How to Configure Deep Freeze 7.21 on Your Server
To configure Deep Freeze 7.21 on your server, you need to access the configuration settings by pressing CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+F6 on your keyboard or by clicking on the Deep Freeze icon in the system tray. You will be prompted to enter your password that you created during the installation.
In the configuration settings, you can customize various options for Deep Freeze, such as:
Thawing and freezing your server manually or on a schedule.
Creating ThawSpaces, which are partitions that remain unfrozen and allow you to store data that needs to be retained across reboots.
Enabling or disabling keyboard and mouse during maintenance periods.
Managing Windows updates and other software updates automatically or manually.
Setting up notifications and alerts for various events and actions.
Viewing logs and reports of Deep Freeze activity.
You can also use the Enterprise Console to remotely manage multiple servers that have Deep Freeze installed. You can perform tasks such as deploying, updating, freezing, thawing, locking, unlocking, rebooting, shutting down, and sending commands to your servers from a central location.
How to Uninstall Deep Freeze 7.21 from Your Server
To uninstall Deep Freeze 7.21 from your server, you need to thaw your server first by using the configuration settings or the Enterprise Console. Then, you need to run the installer again and choose the option to uninstall. You will be asked to enter your password and confirm your choice. After the uninstallation is complete, you need to reboot your server for the changes to take effect.