Blocking instant messaging on Windows Server 2003 machines

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Instant Messaging
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Windows Server 2003 security
I need to block instant messenger on all networked machines. Can this be done in a Windows Server 2003 environments? Is there a step by step guide out there?

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Hi ITKE,

is it windows messenger that you would like to block? if yes then you can use the policy if you are using AD.

if it is like msn messenger and yahoo messenger and etc, you will need to use proxy

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  • Mlwehking
    Here’s how to shut down Instant Messenger via Group Policy. Using the Group Policy Editor, edit the policy for which you want to prohibit instant messaging. Navigate to User Configuration->Administrative Templates->System and double click on “Don’t run specified Windows applications” in the right window pane. Make sure the option is “Enabled” and click the Show button. Click on add and type in the name of the instant messaging program’s executable that you want to block. (We’ve chosen in our example Google Talk — googletalk.exe.) Other .exe names include: MSN Messenger — msnmsgr.exe Windows Messenger — msmsgs.exe AOL Instant Messenger — aim.exe Trillian — trillian.exe Once you’ve finished entering in all of the programs you want to block, click Ok. Then apply. Then Ok.
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