o problem on the name. My manager has a name where the first and surname
can be switched and it still makes sense - he gets it far worse than I do
Thanks for your feedback, Rob. I tend to agree that there are a significant
number of areas in which the desktop can be better policy enabled. For
future reference, a formalized mechanism to suggest these sorts of additions
is the http://www.windowsserverfeedback.com site, which will wind its way
directly back to the appropriate component team. And I agree with you about
the importance of seemingly minor UI elements. As IT Pros I think it's all
too easy for us to just assume that the end user can find a replacement
process or tool when something goes missing. But, frankly, they don't care -
their view of the computer is that its a tool to be used to achieve a
business purpose and all the fancy UI widgets in the world won't make life
easier unless there is a smooth, well articulated transition.
To answer your question about the Messenger service, please take a look at
the Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Messenger\Do not
allow Windows Messenger to be run policy setting. The Explain text is as
follows, which implies that Disabling this policy setting may give you what
you need (keep in mind that my team doesn't implement these policy settings
so I am only going from what I read here). I am sure there are other policy
settings you will also have to enable, related to the Windows Firewall.
Allows you to disable Windows Messenger. If you enable this setting,
Windows Messenger will not run. If you disable or do not configure this
setting, Windows Messenger can be used. Note: If you enable this setting,
Remote Assistance also cannot use Windows Messenger. Note: This setting is
available under both Computer Configuration and User Configuration. If both
are present, the Computer Configuration version of this setting takes
Program Manager, Group Policy
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