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    wireless system tray icon

    Is there a way to hide the wireless icon from system tray for restricted users?
    We are quite new to wireless in our school and thought kids didn't have access to it. I was wrong.
    I logged in as a restrcicted account and was able to disconnect the wifi connection.

    When they do this the connection stays in a manual state. So next user cant login.

    Must of cropped up before in schools.

    Dan

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    Not sure hiding it wouldbe prevent students disableing the wireless has they could do eithier these two things

    1- They can disable the wireless card with the wireless on/off switch if you have it on your laptops

    1- They can disable the wireless card with the wireless Function key and the required F* Button to turn the wireless card off and on

    *What ever the number on the F buttons to turn it off


    So what ever the case, it something you got to get used to, you cant stop the problem, unless you dont have the swith or the f button.

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    We hide the system tray completely on our network, and also all the BIOS settings are setup to stop the wireless being turned off using the function keys. Works for us

    Mike.

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    umm I'll have to look in our student laptops bios, see if we can disable it

    What brand laptops you using out of intrest to do this, dont think I have ever seen this in a BIOS before

    Dosent hiding the wireless cause you problems throught?

    Sometime I have to disconnect it and connect it again, or it just gets dis connected by itself, so that would invole looking in an admin account to connect it again, that would just be a pain to have to logon into more account everytime to do that

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    found a script to do it.
    ------------------------------

    '****** Begin Script *********
    'Author: joegasper@hotmail.comREMOVE
    'Use at your own risk.
    'Enables the Notification Area icon for IP enabled
    'Network Connections.
    'Does not rely on Network Connection name, i.e. "Local
    'Area Connection".
    'Does modify CurrentControlSet001 as observed when
    'modifying via GUI (verify 1st for yourself).
    'Does create registry entry if missing.

    Dim objReg
    Dim objWMIService
    Dim colNetCards
    Dim objNetCard
    Dim strNICguid
    Const HKLM = &H80000002
    strComputer = "." 'Period = local computer
    strKeyName = "SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Network\{4D36E972-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}\"
    strKeyName001 = "SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet001\Control\Network\{4D36E 972-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}\"
    dwValue = 0

    On Error Resume Next

    Set objReg = GetObject("winmgmts:{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" & strComputer& "\root\default:StdRegProv")
    Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" & strComputer& "\root\cimv2")
    Set colNetCards = objWMIService.ExecQuery ("Select * From Win32_NetworkAdapterConfiguration Where IPEnabled = True")
    For Each objNetCard in colNetCards
    strNICguid = objNetCard.SettingID
    objReg.SetDWORDValue HKLM, strKeyName & strNICguid & "\Connection", "ShowIcon", dwValue
    objReg.SetDWORDValue HKLM, strKeyName001 & strNICguid & "\Connection", "ShowIcon", dwValue
    Next

    Set objReg = Nothing
    Set objWMIService = Nothing
    '****** End Script *********

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    You can hide the notification area completely so just the clock is displayed -

    User Config > Admin Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar - Hide the notification area (Enabled)

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    Quote Originally Posted by davep000 View Post
    umm I'll have to look in our student laptops bios, see if we can disable it

    What brand laptops you using out of intrest to do this, dont think I have ever seen this in a BIOS before

    Dosent hiding the wireless cause you problems throught?

    Sometime I have to disconnect it and connect it again, or it just gets dis connected by itself, so that would invole looking in an admin account to connect it again, that would just be a pain to have to logon into more account everytime to do that
    Just noticed this post.

    In answer to your question, we have Dell, Stone and Viglen laptops in this school. The Viglen ones don't have this feature, but the Dell and Stone ones do. This prevents the students disableing the wireless adapter using the key combination.

    The only issue we get is ocassional drop offs from the wireless network that we can't fix without a re-boot (Normally you would be able to right hand click and select repair) We also had to put a shortcut to volume control on the desktop so the students could change the volume, as hiding the tray completely also hides the normal access to the volume controls.

    Mike.

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    Sorry for bringing alive such an old post, but does anyone know what kind of script this is, and what I need to do to enable it to run for Student users using a GPO on a 2008 R2 Server?


    Quote Originally Posted by goodhead View Post
    found a script to do it.
    ------------------------------

    '****** Begin Script *********
    'Author: joegasper@hotmail.comREMOVE
    'Use at your own risk.
    'Enables the Notification Area icon for IP enabled
    'Network Connections.
    'Does not rely on Network Connection name, i.e. "Local
    'Area Connection".
    'Does modify CurrentControlSet001 as observed when
    'modifying via GUI (verify 1st for yourself).
    'Does create registry entry if missing.

    Dim objReg
    Dim objWMIService
    Dim colNetCards
    Dim objNetCard
    Dim strNICguid
    Const HKLM = &H80000002
    strComputer = "." 'Period = local computer
    strKeyName = "SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Network\{4D36E972-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}\"
    strKeyName001 = "SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet001\Control\Network\{4D36E 972-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}\"
    dwValue = 0

    On Error Resume Next

    Set objReg = GetObject("winmgmts:{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" & strComputer& "\root\default:StdRegProv")
    Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" & strComputer& "\root\cimv2")
    Set colNetCards = objWMIService.ExecQuery ("Select * From Win32_NetworkAdapterConfiguration Where IPEnabled = True")
    For Each objNetCard in colNetCards
    strNICguid = objNetCard.SettingID
    objReg.SetDWORDValue HKLM, strKeyName & strNICguid & "\Connection", "ShowIcon", dwValue
    objReg.SetDWORDValue HKLM, strKeyName001 & strNICguid & "\Connection", "ShowIcon", dwValue
    Next

    Set objReg = Nothing
    Set objWMIService = Nothing
    '****** End Script *********

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    VBscript (Visual Basic scripting), run as a logon script.

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