Use of Sandboxie in Schools as an alternative to Virtual Machines

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Use of Sandboxie in Schools as an alternative to Virtual Machines

Post by db2995 » Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:02 am

Good Afternoon,

I currently work in a small to medium sized secondary school. The situation that we have in place at the moment is that we currently don't have any Software Restriction Policies or AppLocker rules in place.

The potential route that we're heading down is that we would like to implement AppLocker rules across our domain but not at the expense of our Computer Science curriculum. Our Head of Department has previously used a Virtual Machine whilst working in another establishment and strongly disapproves of them as they don't have the same performance as a normal desktop environment and are also cumbersome and somewhat time consuming.

The question I'm asking in this Email is how could Sandboxie allow the Computer Science curriculum to be safely and securely delivered? The requirements we have are as follows but not limited to:

- Run only specified programs in Sandboxie
- No settings to be changed by students and no access to Sandboxie interface
- Can't access any network resources (via UNC or mapped drives) other than their own work areas
- Can only run executables related to their project but not any associated to our systems or any which can gain information about our network.

The software we use consists of Visual Studio 2013, Notepad++ and Python.

Sorry if it is a bit long winded!

All the best

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Re: Use of Sandboxie in Schools as an alternative to Virtual Machines

Post by Barb@Invincea » Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:13 pm

Hello db2995,

Thanks for your interest in our product. Please keep in mind that Sandboxie is not a VM or Application Control software, but an isolation tool that allows you to run applications inside of it without modifying your host.
Please refer to:
You can test Sandboxie for free to see if the programs you want to run work fine inside the Sandbox and behave as expected. Y

If you want to restrict Sandboxie (internet access, applications that can run inside the Sandbox, etc), please have a look at this section:

We have some users that run Sandboxie along with Applocker policies, please find examples + settings required in the topic below:

Regarding not allowing users to make changes, please have a look at this entry:

If you successfully test Sandboxie and want to try the paid features, the ForceFolders /Process features allow you to force certain programs / files to run inside Sandboxie:


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