PolicyPak for Google Talk

When your users need to instantly communicate with business associates or partners using Google Talk, that application needs to work instantly, every time.  Seconds count today and multitasking shouldn’t include having to call the helpdesk.

PolicyPak can make sure that your users don’t work around your Google Talk settings and bring communication to a halt.

PolicyPak sets and enforces settings for your users’ applications, so that they get the same experience, every time they launch it.

Keep your Google Talk configuration settings enforced and streamlined with PolicyPak.  Check out this video to see how it’s done:

Our PolicyPak software snaps-in to the Group Policy Editor and gives you the same user interface as Google Talk itself. You can ensure that Google Talk will “Start automatically when starting Windows” as seen here plus disable those individual settings so your users can’t work around them.

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Control the Notification settings of Google Talk using Group Policy as seen here.
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PolicyPak can also deliver Google Talk’s proxy settings, including Host and Port, using Group Policy or SCCM. What’s more, you can completely hide designated control settings from your users so they don’t even know they even exist.
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With PolicyPak, you’re the one in control.

Besides, once you’re using PolicyPak to manage Google Talk, you’ll also get to manage all your other enterprise desktop applications the same way: Flash, Java, Lync, Firefox, and any custom applications you have. They’re 100% included – absolutely free.

It’s all included when you’re a PolicyPak Professional customer.

PolicyPak was designed by Group Policy MVP Jeremy Moskowitz – who “wrote the book” on Group Policy, runs GPanswers.com, and lives and breathes Group Policy and enterprise software deployments and desktop lockdown.

When you’re ready to get serious about managing Google Talk, PolicyPak is ready for you.

Manage Google Talk with Group Policy video transcript

Hi, this is Jeremy Moskowitz, Group Policy MVP and founder of PolicyPak Software. In this video, we’re going to learn how to use PolicyPak to manage Google Talk.

I’ve already got Google Talk installed on my computer, and I’m just a regular user here.

As you can see, I’m logged on as a guy called “eastsalesuser4.”  If we open up the application here from the Start Menu and look at our configuration options we find a number of settings to choose from.

Let’s start at General where I have some setting options controlling how this application starts up.  I also have some settings for organizing  contacts.  In “Notifications” I can turn off audio notifications for various scenarios if I want to keep a quiet work environment.  Finally, “Connection Settings” allows me to configure proxy detection if necessary.

Let’s go over and see how we would manage these settings quickly using PolicyPak. I’ll go ahead and switch over to my Management Station computer.

We’ll go ahead and right click over our “East Sales Users”, “Create a GPO” and we’re going to call it “Lock DownGoogle Talk.” So this GPO is now associated with the “East Sales Users.” I’ll right click over it.  I’ll click “Edit…”. I’ll dive down under “User Configuration,” “PolicyPak/Applications/New/Application.” There it is, “PolicyPak for Google Talk” along with other applications like “Java,” “Flash,” “Firefox,” “Lync” and many other important desktop applications.

Let’s go to “General” and let’s make sure that this application always starts with Windows so your users don’t miss a call or instant message.  Notice how when I check this setting that the text became underlined.  That means that the setting value is going to be delivered to the user.  To make sure they don’t undo this important setting, I’m going to right click on the setting itself and select “Disable corresponding control in target application.”

Next I will go to “Notifications” and I will make sure that Sound Notifications remain unchecked and I will ensure this remains the case by disabling these settings as well.  Finally I will go to “Connections” and I will configure this application to automatically detect proxy settings.  We’ll go one step further with these settings and completely hide these settings from your users by right clicking on the control settings themselves and selecting “Hide corresponding control in target application.”

Now I will go back to my client machine, we’ll get a command prompt and run “gpupdate.”  Now you could envision the user logging on for the very first time, using a Terminal Services or Citrix machine, using a VDI session, changing job roles, or getting a new computer.  As soon as they do, PolicyPak delivers these settings. We just happen to be using gpupdate right now.

Now that that’s done, let’s reopen the application after you have delivered settings using PolicyPak.  As you can see, when we visit the various tabs where we applied our setting values, all of your desired configurations have been delivered thanks to PolicyPak.

Remember: you can use Group Policy or your own systems management tool like SCCM, LanDesk, KACE or anything else and deploy PolicyPak directives. We just happen to be using Group Policy in these examples.

That is how incredibly easy it is for you to use PolicyPak to manage and lockdown Google Talk and tons of other desktop applications.

If you’re looking for a trial of PolicyPak, just click on the “Webinar / Download” button on the right.

Thanks so much for watching, and get in touch with us if you’re looking to get started. Talk to you soon.