Deep Freeze 8.56 Available Now

22nd Mar 2019

We are pleased to announce that Faronics Deep Freeze 8.56 hotfix for Enterprise, Server Enterprise and Standard is now available and introduces several enhancements.

Windows Update Cache Drive Letter on Windows 10

Due to a change introduced by Microsoft in their Windows Update Mechanism customers using Windows 10 build 1703 and onwards were unable to use the Windows Update Caching feature. This has been addressed by assigning a drive letter to the cache folder. Once you upgrade Deep Freeze to v8.56 drive letter B:\ will automatically be assigned to the cache folder. This can be further changed by updating the Deep Freeze configuration. Shown above

Support for Windows 10 Feature Update

Previously, Deep Freeze Windows Update Task conflicted with the new Microsoft method of installing feature updates using the Windows Update mechanism. This is no longer the case so customers can upgrade from build 1709 to 1803.

Recovery Improvements for Windows Updates

Deep Freeze users may experience reoccurring reboots where the computer cycles through several Thawed restarts due to ongoing Windows Updates. This may happen because Microsoft sometimes incorrectly assigns the “in progress” status to some “successfully” completed updates. While Faronics are unable to address this issue directly improvements have been made in Deep Freeze that speeds up the recovery process, reducing the number and duration of Thawed restart cycles by 60%.

Exclude System Drive from Deep Freeze Protection

Several customers had requested that they required their system drive to always be Thawed. Faronics have addressed this requirement but it is not generally recommended to Thaw the system drive as it defeats the purpose of protecting your core operating system.

Full Support for NVMe Drives

Deep Freeze is now compatible with NVMe drives using Advanced Format (4K) technology. These types of drives are mostly used in modern Mac computers so Deep Freeze can now protect Bootcamp partitions on any Mac computer.

Support for iSCSI Drives

Deep Freeze is now compatible with iSCSI drives.

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