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    Blocking mp3,wma etc media files

    I wondered if anyone had come up with a better way of stopping kids playing music downloads or CDs other than blocking RealPlayer, WMP or QuickTime/iTunes outright.

    I have toyed with the idea of making mp3 files executeable and then setting a software restrictions policy so that they can only be launced if they are on the readonly share where teachers put reference material for students.

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    Re: Blocking mp3,wma etc media files

    Hi I use Server 2003 release 2, and there is a feature that allows you to place file filters on folders, there is an already made audio filter (but it can be any type of file filter).

    I use this on the students home folder, and then I have another folder that is mapped as a drive on which students can only read and staff can read and write. Therefore stopping students filling their home folders with mp3s and the like. Although this doesn't stop the downloads and portable devices from being played.

    The only flaw in my plan is if the students have to save music file for their coursework but I will cross that bridge when I come to it.

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    Re: Blocking mp3,wma etc media files

    Block the downloading of said 'nasty files' and prevent access to webmail to limit the numebr of places that they can get zips, etc. from.

    Also, limit the sites that they can access containing the streaming stuff. Little is of educational merit so whitelists on these are cool.

    You can also run a script at logon/logoff that deletes the nasty files - verbosely!

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    Re: Blocking mp3,wma etc media files

    Quote Originally Posted by Ric_
    You can also run a script at logon/logoff that deletes the nasty files - verbosely!
    I like your style :badgrin:

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    Re: Blocking mp3,wma etc media files

    Haha yes, something like "The following files will be deleted, click OK to continue." or "Click OK to delete the following files." with just one OK button :twisted: 8)

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    Re: Blocking mp3,wma etc media files

    Im looking at upgrading to R2 for the file filters as well. The problem being that they do music editing and such so I am going to use the filters on their home directory and give them a seperate folder for music with a quota of 5 meg or something low so they can export their genuine work.

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    Re: Blocking mp3,wma etc media files

    @Ric_ Would you show me the script to do this?

    Thanks

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    Re: Blocking mp3,wma etc media files

    Its here
    I must have missed it when setting up the sticky.

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    Re: Blocking mp3,wma etc media files

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisH
    ...do music editing and such so I am going to use the filters on their home directory and give them a seperate folder for music with a quota of 5 meg or something low so they can export their genuine work.
    I take it that they wont be doing any .wav file recording then lol or have many sounds in powerpoint presentations with 5MB lol

    Is R2 out then? Typical of me to miss that hehe

    [Mark - whats the price for us? ]

    Nath.

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    Re: Blocking mp3,wma etc media files

    Most stuff is sourced from MP3s and saved as MP3. They only use Audacity at this point so they only need their audacity project files and to export their finished product.
    We tried to introduce DiDA this year but nobody chose it as an option so our needs are basic.

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    Re: Blocking mp3,wma etc media files

    hehe aye.... working in midi scores

    u wont have a problem with file sizes then

    Cheers

    N.

    PS Just watched a pupil install Skype and logged on with it too lol Screen Capturing is fun [not sure how it let him install it tho :S]

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    Re: Blocking mp3,wma etc media files

    Quote Originally Posted by tarquel
    PS Just watched a pupil install Skype and logged on with it too lol Screen Capturing is fun [not sure how it let him install it tho :S]
    Hmm worrying I think my security is too tight sometimes (although I doubt it) as I tried to get a trackball to install before and it said I didnt have permission to change anything in device manager when logged on as domain admin :P

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