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Manage Microsoft VNC Viewer with Group Policy video transcript
Hi, this is Jeremy Moskowitz, former Group Policy MVP and Founder of PolicyPak Software. In this video, we’re going to learn how to use PolicyPak to manage Real VNC Viewer.
I’ve already got VNC Viewer 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 click “Options” we see that we have various settings here to choose from. Now if I click the Advanced button here, I open up more tabs with additional configuration options. I have some key settings here on the “Inputs” tab and if I go to “Connection” I have some important settings if I need to enforce a proxy server. 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 “Lockdown VNC Viewer.” 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 VNC Viewer” along with our other applications like “WinZip,” “Media Player,” “Firefox,” “Skype” and some other things.
Let’s go to “Basic” and let’s change the “Menu Key” to F10. Then let’s head over to “Inputs” and let’s turn on all of these setting options. Notice how when I checked or unchecked each setting that the text became underlined. That means that the setting value is going to be delivered to the user. The same would apply if I wanted to deliver an unchecked value as well. I’m going to change the “Menu Key” here as well to F10.
Now let’s demonstrate the full capability of PolicyPak and go to “Connections.” Let’s select “Use these proxy settings.” I will type in an IP address here, 172.16.55.1. Then I’m going to right click over the setting and select “Hide corresponding control in target application.” This is going to completely hide this text box from my users making them completely unaware there is even a setting option here. Next I’m going to select “HTTP Connect” and then I will right click on it and select “Disable corresponding control in target application.” Let’s find out what happens.
I’ll go back to my client machine, we’ll get a command prompt and run “gpupdate.” Now again, we could envision the user just logging on for the very first time or changing job roles or getting a new computer. As soon as they do, they’re going to get these settings. I just happen to be using gpupdate to do that.
Now that that’s done, let’s reopen the application again. As you can see, when I go to “Basic” I see that the “Menu Key” has been changed accordingly. In addition, if I go to “Inputs,” all of my desired setting values have been delivered as well as the newly assigned “Menu Key” again. And now for the closer. If I go to Connections, we see that the proxy address setting text box is no longer present on the tab and my other setting text box has been disabled. Not only are those setting values being enforced but there is no way that my users can alter these settings.
And we are done. That is how incredibly easy it is for you to use PolicyPak to manage and lockdown VNC Viewer and tons of other desktop applications.
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