Faronics recognizes that our customers use Deep Freeze in many diverse situations and manage their computing environments with an array of tools. Based on customer feedback, we’ve made things easier by providing several ways to manage Deep Freeze deployments in any enterprise setting. For more information on using any of the methods below, read our whitepapers or contact our Technical Support department.

Command Line Control (DFC)

The Deep Freeze Command Line Control (DFC) offers network administrators increased flexibility in managing Deep Freeze workstations. DFC works in combination with third-party enterprise management tools and/or central management solutions. This combination allows administrators to update workstations on demand.

It is important to note that DFC is not a stand-alone application. DFC integrates seamlessly with any solution that can run script files, including standard run-once login scripts.

Some of DFC’s commands include:

  • Restart workstation in a FrozThawed state
  • Set workstation to restart FrozThawed the next time it restarts
  • Query workstation Deep Freeze state
  • Enable/Disable the workstation keyboard and mouse

To learn more about remote administration with the Deep Freeze Command Line Control read our whitepaper.

Apple Remote Desktop

Apple Remote Desktop allows you to manage all of your Mac computers over your network. Distribute software, provide real-time online help to end users, create detailed software and hardware reports, and automate routine management tasks — all from the comfort of your desk.

Our Deep Freeze Assistant can install tasks for use with Apple Remote Desktop. They appear in their own Deep Freeze folder on the ARD sidebar.

These tasks can be used as supplied or as a starting point for controlling Deep Freeze with ARD. Each task mirrors a Deep Freeze Controller command, although you can also remotely request the Deep Freeze status from any Mac via ARD.

To learn more about controlling Deep Freeze Mac with Apple Remote Desktop (ARD) read our whitepaper.

Microsoft SMS

Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) is a desktop management solution that helps system administrators manage large groups of Windows-based computers. To learn more about creating, configuring, and deploying a Deep Freeze installation file using SMS read our whitepaper.


Altiris is a provider of IT service-oriented management software enabling IT asset management, network security management and more.

Deep Freeze integration with Altiris provides the following benefits:

  • Install and upgrade the Configuration Administrator
  • Install and Uninstall Deep Freeze Workstation files and Seeds
  • Install and use Deep Freeze Command Line Control (DFC) to manage workstations both manually and as an Altiris job

For more information on integrating Deep Freeze with Altiris read our whitepaper.


BigFix is a policy-driven, unified IT security and operations optimization platform that provides IT personnel with real-time visibility and control of all enterprise computing devices. (-)

Deep Freeze integration with BigFix provides the following benefits:

  • Easy deployment of Deep Freeze Enterprise
  • Permanent configuration changes to Deep Freeze deployments
  • Reliable execution of Deep Freeze tasks
  • Effortless deployment of Critical Updates and Virus Definitions

To learn more about controlling Deep Freeze with BigFix read our whitepaper.

Symantec Ghost

Imaging workstations has become one of the quickest ways to deploy standard software to multiple computers. Deep Freeze can easily be managed from the Symantec Ghost Console through the use of the Deep Freeze Command Line Control (DFC).

Deep Freeze can be deployed using Symantec Ghost in the following two ways:

  • Creating a Master image with Deep Freeze installed
  • Creating a Master image with a Deep Freeze Seed installed

Read our whitepaper for more information.