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Preventing naughty users from creating wma files

Posted on 2004-10-06
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All,

Is there any way via GPO or other means to disable the copy from CD functions of Winodws Media Player?

I have to go through my servers about once a month and delete gigs of wma files that people have pulled off of their CD's.

If they would keep the files on their hard drives, I would not care, but I can't have them taking up server space with that crap.

Thanks,

Jared
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by:Andrewhsia
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Not that I know of. But why not set up a win at job to delete wma files every night?
That way  you don't have to do it manually every month.
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by:Jared Luker
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Not all .wma's are unwork releated.  I don't want to delete things that should not be.
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by:zamoti
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Do they really need Media Player?  Perhaps you could disable it instead.
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by:Jared Luker
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Yes... they do need it.
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by:Jared Luker
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I don't care if they play music.  They can do that to their hearts content.  I just don't want my server space mucked up with their music files.
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by:zamoti
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I've searched and searched, poked around in the registry, but have not found a solution for you.  

Perhaps you might want to look into WMplayer 10.  Perhaps it has more control.  The only answer I can think of that *might* work is deleting the codec that is used to encode the .wma files.  Hell, delete them all if you can find them!  They dont' need to them do they?  There is a regkey that will prevent them from automatically downloading them again if you get rid of them.  I have no idea where the codecs are stored.  

Sorry.
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by:Jared Luker
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I'm good with deleting the codecs...

Where is that reg key you talked about?
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by:talphius
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To follow-up to zamoti's answer....You can set a GPO policy to prevent Codec download:  User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Media Player > Playback > Prevent Codec Download
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by:Jared Luker
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I don't have a winodws media player option under Administrative templates.
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by:Jared Luker
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nevermind... it was one level deep under Windows Components
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Danny Child earned 168 total points
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I think you need a Social Solution to this, not a Techie one... Give all users a My Music link on their desktops, pointing to their local hard disks.  Then, tell them that any music found on the servers will be deleted.
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