I am in the process of installing a new Windows 2012R2 server in Remote Desktop Session Host mode that will work as a "terminal server" inside a classroom.
The idea then is that after the server is set and ready to install applications, I get a 'snapshot' (or call it whatever you like), I install the software needed for a specific course, let people to connect and when the course is finished (after some weeks) I rollback to the initial snapshot to have a clean state where to start from for the next course.
Any idea how to get this? I thought and read about some solutions but I wanted also ask people their opinion:
- virtualize the RDSH server and manage its snapshots from the HyperV, reverting each time when needed
- create a VHD of the initial system (phys2VHD ??) and booting from that integrating differential VHDs each time
- using WindowsBackup and Restore (but seems to keep the files for new installed apps)
- using thirdy part software such DeepFreeze, Timewiz, RollbackRX, etc..
for the above I have some doubts:
how to integrate the patches/updates in the middle of a snapshot? would it be possible to recover without being physically on the server (which is a pain)?
Thanks for any answer!