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Stop media player, real player,radio!

By Whatme? ·
W2k network w/ AD. Can I use group policy to stop the above? or is it better to disable the ports on our firewall and if so, what are the ports to close?
I need to give only email, web, ICQ for some. Nothing else. I need to restrict resource hogs on our slow network

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by jschein In reply to Stop media player, real p ...

You could use group policy, but it is best to just use the firewall rules to block out any unwanted traffic due to the fact that only you would know how to change those properties.

As far as the ports go.. For whatever you want to block, just goto www.google.com and in the search bar type:

port+realplayer+firewall
port+media player+firewall
port+icq+firewall

etc..

and you will find the port #'s you need to block out.

Somewhere in your search, you will come across a list of inbound / outbound tcp/udp port for all known programs. Bookmark the one that suits you or save it locally for future use.

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Finally doing a combination of two, but mainly at the firewall when I see a problem

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by aarontra In reply to Stop media player, real p ...

There are a lot of different media players.
For example WinAmp. Blocking each one seems like a big hassle to me. Plus there are ligit uses for these media players.
Why don't you inform everyone of the policy and then just monitor the web traffic logs. Look for .mp3 extentions and .mp4 and any others that you want to watch.

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