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Blocking Radio in Windows Media Player

I am trying to block streaming media from being played through Windows Media Player (primarily version 9). I have tried blocking some streaming sites at the firewall, and to no avail- users are still able to stream media. I was wondering how I should go about doing this:
A) Configuration settings made to each local machine (if so, how and what)
B) More blocking at the firewall (what do I block?- websites, port numbers- what??)
C) Alternate ideas?

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Trihimbulus,
I'll attempt the "alternate idea".
Unless the people using these computers have a legit reason for using WMP, I just disable the process via group policy so they can't use WMP alltogether.


1. Expand User Configuration, expand Administrative Templates, and then expand System.
2. In the right pane, double-click "Don't run specified Windows applications"
3. Click Enabled, and then click Show.
4. Click Add, and then type wmplayer.exe


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Well we want them to be able to play Audio Cd's through Windows media player- it is the Radio Player that we want to disable.
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Hello Trihimbulus =)
may be this article will give you some idea!

Windows Media Services 9 Series Firewall Information
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/serve/firewall.aspx
I found this on another site...I can't try it to see if it works....

"Q: I wish to deploy the 9 Series Player in an intranet and block XXX. How do I do so?
A: The easiest thing to do is to use the Group Policy editor (gpedit.msc) to lock the user into a skin of your choice using the "Set and lock skin" policy. This eliminates access to the Media Guide and Radio Tuner from within the player.
If you're a user locked into skin mode - a tweaking program called "Fresh UI" can lock you into skin mode using the Policy setting sometimes, so be aware of that. "
Ok so I looked at the "Set and Lock Skin Policy" and it asks that I enter the path to a skin. Where do I find this?
C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\Skins
Can you still get to the Radio Tuner though?
And I am guessing I need to copy this skin over to the server so It doesn't have to access it from a workstation
Tri, like I said I haven't tried it myself to verify its functionality...my guess is that by making it a group policy on which skin you can use, that you take away certain menu options, and by doing this it makes the radio tuner inaccesible.

As far as the skin goes, everyone should have the default skin...set it to that and you should be all set.
Forgive my stupidity, but I am still confused about:

1) The syntax of what I exactly type into the "Set and Lock skin Policy"
2) And if I am going to point this to their skin on their computer (I need the syntax)
The policy is under Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Media Player\User Interface

Right-Click "Set and Lock Skin", choose properties. Enable the policy and set the skin as
C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\Skins\Windows XP.wmz

or just Windows XP.wmz may work

of course, you can choose any skin in the C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\Skins\ folder, but the default one is probably the one you should use since everybody will have it
So when this policy is applied, it will look in each individual's computer and go to C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\Skins\9Series Default and apply that skin (or will it look for the path on the server- in which media player is not installed)
Ok, I messed with this myself so I could guide you easier.

The idea is to use a skin that does not have the radio tuner on it...by forcing such a skin, a use has no access to the radio tuner. I found a reference to this on microsoft's website.

I messed with a machine with WMP9 on it. The skin you'll probably want to use is Revert.wmz as this has no access to the radio tuner, and is a perfect skin for continued CD Playback functionality.

as for the policy itself, all you need to do is put in the skin name...the only catch is that it *must* be in C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\Skins\ (which is the default)

otherwise you can host the skin on a server share and reference the skin like so... \\server\share\myskin.wmz

i tried it...works perfectly!
Aww man that almost works- look at the little button to the left of the play button... I can still hit the Radio Stations
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