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DeepFreeze (macOS/Windows)


DeepFreeze is a common pieces of software used by Administrators, many people have asked us how the two interact. Simply putting the two on one computer would cause the software to conflict, as FileWave would deploy software and DeepFreeze would remove it upon reboot. However, using a slightly modified deployment strategy, you can use FileWave to activate Deep Freeze's commands. In this article, I will describe the necessary steps for deploying a fileset to machines Frozen by DeepFreeze.

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You will invariably want to do this while users are not using the computers, since you do not want them to make modifications during its thawed boot. Therefore, this script will reboot the computer immediately. To make this script, you'll need to know the Deep Freeze administrator name and password. In your script, substitute your name/pass for 'your_admin' and 'your_password'


  • FW Admin


  • Create a new empty fileset (From the Fileset View : New Desktop Fileset > Empty : Type a Name > OK)
  • With it selected: Click the Scripts item in the button bar
  • Create a new Activation Script and name it.
  • Paste the script below and edit 

This is to Thaw macOS

/Applications/Faronics/ command your_admin your_password bootThawed

This is to Thaw Windows

@echo off "%ProgramFiles%FaronicsDeep Freeze EnterpriseDFC.exe" yourPassword /BOOTTHAWED shutdown -r
  • Create a new Pre-Uninstallation Script and name it
  • Paste the script below and edit 

This is to Freeze macOS

/Applications/Faronics/ command your_admin your_password bootFrozen

This is to Freeze Windows

@echo off "%ProgramFiles%FaronicsDeep Freeze EnterpriseDFC.exe" yourPassword /BOOTFROZEN shutdown -r

It will reboot the machine in frozen mode after the fileset has been set to delete

Don't put passwords in scripts. See: Script Best Practices

  • Associate and schedule the script
    • Schedule the activation time for before you want to make changes
    • Schedule the delete time for after you are done making changes

    • Schedule the filesets you want to make changes to the computers