With the latest version of Windows Media Player and the Group Policy settings in the associated Administrative template (Wmplayer.adm) in Windows XP with SP2, you can configure the Player to control access to certain consumer features.
The management and deployment features enable you to bring customized media functionality to your organization’s employees to enhance productivity.
You can, however, use an answer file to hide entry points to the user interface.
You can also customize the Player to make certain aspects of it either available, for limited use, or unavailable to the user in accordance with policies in your organization.
Limit the Windows Media Player features that can be used: Allow users to use Windows Media Player, but with access to only certain features.
Use Group Policy settings to configure Windows Media Player on clients.
It is beyond the scope of this white paper to describe all aspects of maintaining appropriate levels of security in an organization where users connect to sites on the Internet or download items from the Internet.
This section, however, provides information about Windows Media Player that can help you to balance your organization’s requirements for communication across the Internet with your organization’s requirements for protection of networked assets.
Windows Media Player is not an optional Windows component and cannot be uninstalled.
There are a variety of options available to you when considering how you want your users to interact with Windows Media Player.
To help you assess what level of control to apply to your organization, the following table summarizes some of the configuration options.
Also, see Appendix B, “Learning About Group Policy and Updating Administrative Templates.” The following subsections describe how Windows Media Player 9 Series communicates with the Internet and how to control the flow of information to and from the Internet.
It also gives procedures for using Group Policy to control the user interface, playback, and networking for Windows Media Player.