LabStats can be configured to work with computers frozen with Deep Freeze. The LabStats client can be moved to a ThawSpace and continue to track data correctly.
If a logout script forces a reboot with each logout, it may be desirable to redirect the C:\ProgramData\LabStats folder to a ThawSpace using Data Igloo or a symbolic link (Mklink).
If a reboot does not occur with each logout, it may still be desirable to redirect, but it is not necessary since LabStats infers an end-of-record, so full records will not be lost.
Redirecting Using a Symbolic Link (Mklink)
- Thaw the client machine.
- Navigate to the ThawSpace and create a new folder called “LabStats” (generally the T drive, or a network drive can be used if it has a letter associated with it).
- Create a symbolic link by running Command Prompt as an administrator and enter the following command:
- mklink /d C:\ProgramData\LabStats T:\LabStats
- This will create a new “LabStats” folder in the ProgramData folder with a symbolic link to the one in the ThawSpace.
- Run the LabStats Client Installer, and when prompted, specify the installation directory just created with the symbolic link: C:\ProgramData\LabStats.
- To do this in a command line, like during mass deployment, use INSTALLFOLDER=C:\ProgramData\LabStats
- When asked about starting the service, choose No.
- To confirm that the link is working, navigate to the LabStats folder in the ThawSpace (i.e. T:\LabStats) and verify that the files are also listed there.
- Reboot the frozen machine and the client will now track data correctly.