Nestled in the Sierra Nevada foothills, the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), has an enrollment of more than 16,000 students, many of whom act as transient users for the campus’ eight general access computer labs and many departmental labs. Between labs and classrooms, UNR hosts upwards of 250 computer workstations, running predominantly on Windows Vista, Windows XP, or Mac OS X. The IT staff spent hours every day cleaning and updating workstations so other users would not be affected by unapproved software. Because of their transient natures, student users often left private personal information on shared computers. The IT staff spent countless hours cleaning up systems, removing unapproved software and removing private information.
University of Nevada, Reno deployed Deep Freeze on all its computers. The problem of unapproved software was solved with a simple reboot. The private information left by students was also removed with a reboot. This improved data security since private information such as student information, social security, or credit card information was not shared between student sessions.