Prevent Items Pinning to the Taskbar (Explorer Included)

A couple of years ago, I wrote a post about preventing Internet Explorer and Media Player from pinning to the taskbar. It was a fairly simple solution, and the post continues to generate traffic to this site. Unfortunately, though, the methodology died with the Windows 7 era, and none of the advice even applies anymore. I considered updating that post with this new information, but decided this would better serve.

This method is, unfortunately, a bit more intrusive. It does, however, have the advantage of actually working. It will suffice not only for IE and Media Player, but Explorer.exe as well. My old post might work better for you if you’re on an older Windows. Should those steps fail you, though: these will not.

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Win7/2008R2: Prevent the Pinning of IE and Media Player to the Taskbar (And Other Tips)

UPDATE 01/2018:

What follows is applicable only to Windows 7 / Server 2008R2. Certain updates to Windows (even to those versions) may have invalidated this advice, but I am leaving this article here in case it still works for some. 

Beyond this, there is a more reliable option that you can read about here. I am confident this newer strategy will work on all versions of Windows.


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Imprivata: Using Proximity Cards and Zero Clients

I have touched on the subject of troubleshooting zero clients for Imprivata usage before. However, I have been reminded in recent weeks about something I neglected to cover, and which probably deserves its own post anyway. I am referring to a commonly recurring problem that arises when one attempts to mix Imprivata, zero clients, and proximity cards.

Under certain circumstances, attempting to use proximity cards to “tap out” of an active virtual session on a zero client fails. That is, the card reader beeps, but the session remains open. I have also seen other strange behavior as well, such as a user being able to “tap over” his or her own session–where Imprivata locks the zero client and then logs them back in as themselves. Furthermore, this issue does not seem to be exclusive to View or XenDesktop, and obviously, neither of these scenarios is acceptable. Thankfully, the fix is a simple registry change in your master image.

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