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Where can I find a sample Games policy?

By hrojas ·
We have some problems, because the local users are installed games into theis PC's and we can't permit it in order to keep our Software Standard Environment ?

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Where can I find a sample Games policy?

by pjpatiky In reply to Where can I find a sample ...

HR - From your question I cannot determine if you have in-house users on an exchange, or customer/accounts in contracted companies?

If you have in-house users the answer is simple. Pull the games out of the computers.
Never mind the hurt feelings.

If you have contracted companies then you must employ some delicate management. Have the companies pull their games off their computers or you will (1) drop them, or (2) charge them more for maintenance/service, or (3) Reduce their access to your Software.

I realize the latter is a difficult decision, i.e. Hard line versus account income. However, you can not survive paddling a leaky boat. Get on one side of the fence or the other.

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Where can I find a sample Games policy?

by hrojas In reply to Where can I find a sample ...

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Where can I find a sample Games policy?

by RealGem In reply to Where can I find a sample ...

The problem is really part of a bigger problem. Yes, you can delete the games from each PC, but anyone can install another one.

Your policy needs to address installation of "unapproved" software. By ensuring that only qualified IT staff installsoftware on PCs, you define a policy that addresses the "games" issue.

Think about it. You're not just worried about the lost productivity, but also the problem of supporting a heterogenous bunch of PCs. That will make problem determination andresolution really difficult.

Look for a policy that will address those needs. I also suggest that you acquire software that will periodically audit PCs over the network, looking for "unauthorized" programs. Say, something ending in .exe that isnot on your approved list.

Here are some related links.

www.apreo.com - sells software for implementing games policies. Includes free trial.

http://www.lclark.edu/~infotech/ABOUT/hwswsupport.html is an example of a policy.

http://www.byuh.edu/services/manuals/aup.html is another example of a policy.

You can also search Yahoo for keywords like "software policy templates", etc.

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Where can I find a sample Games policy?

by hrojas In reply to Where can I find a sample ...

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Where can I find a sample Games policy?

by dlw6 In reply to Where can I find a sample ...

Here is an excerpt from the policy I wrote. If you want the whole thing, e-mail me at don-willadsen@us.army.mil and I'll send it to you.

"Organization equipment is For Official Use Only (FOUO). Unofficial use is theft of Organization resources,both directly through lost productivity and indirectly through superfluous network traffic. Personnel are responsible for the content and security of their systems.

Internet circuits are limited. Use of the Internet (web browsing) is limited toOFFICIAL BUSINESS. Internet or IRC chat sites, Instant Messaging utilities, web browsing for personal or entertainment purposes, and the Active Desktop component of Internet Explorer 4.0 are prohibited.

Computer games on Organization computers are counterproductive, because they deprive the organization of the equipment and the employee. Computer games may not be installed or run on Organization machines. This includes games that are optional components of the operating system, such as Pinball, Solitaire, Minesweeper, Hearts, and FreeCell.

Personnel may use Organization computers and networks for limited personal use of E-mail outside of duty hours, to conduct business of immediate importance, so long as it does not interfere withthe conduct of official business. This includes accessing private e-mail accounts through the Internet.

Only authorized service personnel are permitted to install software on Organization computers. Any authorized software found on Organization computers will be deleted, and the matter will be brought to the employee's supervisor for appropriate action."

Good fortune,
Don

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by hrojas In reply to Where can I find a sample ...

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by dlw6 In reply to Where can I find a sample ...

Here is an excerpt from the policy I wrote. If you want the whole thing, e-mail me at don-willadsen@us.army.mil and I'll send it to you.

"Organization equipment is For Official Use Only (FOUO). Unofficial use is theft of Organization resources,both directly through lost productivity and indirectly through superfluous network traffic. Personnel are responsible for the content and security of their systems.

Internet circuits are limited. Use of the Internet (web browsing) is limited toOFFICIAL BUSINESS. Internet or IRC chat sites, Instant Messaging utilities, web browsing for personal or entertainment purposes, and the Active Desktop component of Internet Explorer 4.0 are prohibited.

Computer games on Organization computers are counterproductive, because they deprive the organization of the equipment and the employee. Computer games may not be installed or run on Organization machines. This includes games that are optional components of the operating system, such as Pinball, Solitaire, Minesweeper, Hearts, and FreeCell.

Personnel may use Organization computers and networks for limited personal use of E-mail outside of duty hours, to conduct business of immediate importance, so long as it does not interfere withthe conduct of official business. This includes accessing private e-mail accounts through the Internet.

Only authorized service personnel are permitted to install software on Organization computers. Any authorized software found on Organization computers will be deleted, and the matter will be brought to the employee's supervisor for appropriate action."

Good fortune,
Don

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by dlw6 In reply to Where can I find a sample ...

Oops, I didn't mean to submit twice. I got a "Server Problem" error so I hit "Submit" again...

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by hrojas In reply to Where can I find a sample ...

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Where can I find a sample Games policy?

by Anne Marie Chua In reply to Where can I find a sample ...

We have an enterprise-wide policy on personal use of company resources -- basically, it's not allowed. Reasonable use of phones, e-mail, etc. is okay on a limited basis, but we centrally control installation of all software and let users know they're not supposed to install their own. If they install personal software and it causes problems, IT staff usually remove the "illegal" package or may go as far as a clean re-install of the PC.

Of course a policy by itself doesn't do much, so we support our policy by using lockdown software to prevent users from installing their own programs. Besides preventing games, lockdown also saves us from a lot of virus problems and support calls caused by rogue programs.

Check out "S to Infinity" by UniPress Software to see what lockdown programs can do: www.unipress.com

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