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Freeze/Snapshot Sandbox Contents

Postby phoenix » Sat Dec 25, 2010 7:49 am

This feature request would allow a user to Freeze/Snapshot the contents of a sandbox.

The feature might be visually presented in a similar fashion to the Snapshot feature found in VirtualBox.

To cut down on snapshot size, an implementation might potentially only version the incremental changes from the previous snapshots.

Right now, I zip my sandbox and delete/restore before running to simulate this 'snapshot' feature. The idea would be to prevent subsequent changes made in the sandbox from being permanently added to the sandbox.

Thoughts?
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Postby D1G1T@L » Sat Dec 25, 2010 5:16 pm

Its out of sandboxie's scope and would be of little use.
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Postby Tester » Mon Apr 11, 2011 7:33 pm

I think that's a good idea!

At time x, I would say: Freeze Sandbox.

If all programs are finished or I say it explicitly, the sandbox is reset to the freeze-state.
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Postby SnDPhoenix » Mon Apr 11, 2011 8:11 pm

I don't think tzuk would add this feature, it's too much work for too little gain. I don't know many people who would find any use in this feature.
Besides as far as I know, it isn't even possible to "freeze" just one app, you have to "freeze" the entire computer, as every bit of RAM needs to be saved to disk, not just one section of RAM.

Correct me if I'm wrong though. :P
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Postby shawndion » Fri Apr 15, 2011 9:14 am

Actually to be honest in regards to making a image of the sandbox... A good old fashion xcopy batch file works great been using that with some of the great 3rd party tools on this site and I can make almost like a system restore type of implementation..

But right now I'm using "SaveGame Profiler" if you use it correctly you can actually do what you want and it manages things for you.

It's surprising that some softwares that are made for something can be used for something else.

And with some of the 3rd party apps we have here I can shrink theses packs I make to go back to a previous state... as I hate so badly to tweak a software and lose the best configurations..

And with RegHive import to be able to edit the main files (As sandboxie uses the same structure) I am also able to control what the softwares see... which in my book is amazing security.

P.S: Best money I've ever spent was getting the Full Version of Sandboxie.

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Postby vzgoog » Sat Aug 27, 2011 8:40 am

I like the idea of an option to "freeze" a sandbox and when finished have an option to revert to keep.
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Postby tzuk » Sat Aug 27, 2011 7:14 pm

shawndion what you say sounds interesting, perhaps you can elaborate a bit on the exact implementation of your "snapshot/restore" system, so others can benefit from it.
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Postby shawndion » Mon Sep 19, 2011 8:06 am

Hi Tzuk I was away for the past 3 weeks.. I'll write something up with detailed instructions to share with everyone that wants to be able to have a goback feature with sandboxie.. it's a simple batch file for me to build.. I'll just make sure that it's XP, Vista and Windows 7 Compatible.

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Postby D1G1T@L » Tue Sep 20, 2011 1:58 am

Shawn does your implementation guarantee that installed programs work without problems in their cloned sandbox?

Actually this might be really useful for using multiple copies of an executable configured in a specific way; ie running multiple copies of chrome running with a specific security/settings configuration than the instance installed on the OS.

If it indeed does work, then Tzuk, can you please add this under contributed utilities with the .bat file and instructions listed as a tutorial under Contributed Utilities?
Maybe have a settings page dedicated to this optional function, where it would be activated if the extension is downloaded from here. Kinda like how you have to setup Secure Delete from the settings page too. This also helps in the process of making portable apps IMHO.
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Postby tzuk » Tue Sep 20, 2011 7:55 am

Let's not get ahead of ourselves. The batch script has not actually been posted yet. As for putting it in Contributed Utilities, I believe you can do that yourself as well.
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Postby D1G1T@L » Tue Sep 20, 2011 5:51 pm

I guess we have to wait and see how well it works first.

tzuk wrote:As for putting it in Contributed Utilities, I believe you can do that yourself as well.


That wouldn't be right since I'd be taking credit for his work, so its best that you two decide what to do whenever it finsihed. It was merely a suggestion on my part.
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Postby tzuk » Wed Sep 21, 2011 7:07 pm

Yes, I see. If I move the post into a new topic in Contributed Utilities forum, then it still has shawndion's name. Good point.
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Postby shawndion » Sat Oct 01, 2011 4:03 pm

Sorry folks for the long delay... there was only one thing that could cause me to be late on a task.

Death in the familly :( I promise you all that by friday I'll have the batch file ready for all the OS's

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Postby tzuk » Sat Oct 01, 2011 4:58 pm

I'm sorry to hear about your loss. And thank you for coming back to post this update. But there's no rush with this. Please, take your time and post when convenient.
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Postby D1G1T@L » Sat Oct 01, 2011 6:09 pm

My condolences
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