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Old 11-28-2006, 09:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi,

Does anyone have fairly precise instructions on how to prohibit games on BB units? I recognize that I'll likely have to make a new policy or edit the default IT Policy that is there. There is also the disallow feature on an area that is in the blackberry domain, however, we require many of our users to access various internet applications so I don't think I can implement this.

I've tried to find information on this and surely this is a common need for most businesses.

Additionally, is there a way I can force the units to uninstall games from the BES side? I can see what applications are installed when I look in the properties of the account user, but as you know that's all read only when you get to the Blackberry device.

I'm just not familiar with the policy side of it as I'd like to be, so if anyone can recommend or let me know if there is a relatively easy way that effectively does this I'd be very grateful.

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Why do you want to delete everyone's games? I'm all for policies that promote safety of information, like requiring passwords, etc. but what's the harm in playing a game of BrickBreaker or Sudoku....as long as its not on the clock. And the point of having a BB is so you can work off the clock. Seems only fair and I don't see the harm in playing a game on a BB--Maybe not online Poker but solitaire or the like? Better take the games off WinXP too...
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Why do you want to delete everyone's games? I'm all for policies that promote safety of information, like requiring passwords, etc. but what's the harm in playing a game of BrickBreaker or Sudoku....as long as its not on the clock. And the point of having a BB is so you can work off the clock. Seems only fair and I don't see the harm in playing a game on a BB--Maybe not online Poker but solitaire or the like? Better take the games off WinXP too...
One of the BES experts will pick up on this post and answer your question. Best of luck!
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You can enable the policy that restricts the installation of third party applications. If someone needs to install a business app change their policy, install the app, and set the policy back to the restricted install. The policy has no effect on applications that are already installed, only new attempts to install.
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Why do you want to delete everyone's games? I'm all for policies that promote safety of information, like requiring passwords, etc. but what's the harm in playing a game of BrickBreaker or Sudoku....as long as its not on the clock. And the point of having a BB is so you can work off the clock. Seems only fair and I don't see the harm in playing a game on a BB--Maybe not online Poker but solitaire or the like? Better take the games off WinXP too...
I agree if I couldnt have my games for killing time in a hotel room I wouldnt carry it
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Why do you want to delete everyone's games? I'm all for policies that promote safety of information, like requiring passwords, etc. but what's the harm in playing a game of BrickBreaker or Sudoku....as long as its not on the clock. And the point of having a BB is so you can work off the clock. Seems only fair and I don't see the harm in playing a game on a BB--Maybe not online Poker but solitaire or the like? Better take the games off WinXP too...
Hi John,

I can appreciate your point of view, however, we don't allow any games on any corporate computers - it is part of our Policies and Procedures. We're launching a new security product where you can view your webcam and security alarm from your portable unit (blackberry, cell phone etc) and because clients will see our blackberries for demos, we need to ensure that no games are on. We do not wish to have the wrong perception going out to our clients and I don't think our executives, board of directors or shareholders would support such a move.

I did recieve a small booklet from my tech support where we get our blackberries from, and there are ways to control the third party software applications. I'm on page 24 of the "BES for MS Exchange Version 4.0" but its still rather vague. I'd love to see an example, but still am having problems because there are several third party software that we need.

If anyone has the same issue, and has any advice, I'd really appreciate it
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Hi John,

I can appreciate your point of view, however, we don't allow any games on any corporate computers - it is part of our Policies and Procedures. We're launching a new security product where you can view your webcam and security alarm from your portable unit (blackberry, cell phone etc) and because clients will see our blackberries for demos, we need to ensure that no games are on. We do not wish to have the wrong perception going out to our clients and I don't think our executives, board of directors or shareholders would support such a move.

I did recieve a small booklet from my tech support where we get our blackberries from, and there are ways to control the third party software applications. I'm on page 24 of the "BES for MS Exchange Version 4.0" but its still rather vague. I'd love to see an example, but still am having problems because there are several third party software that we need.

If anyone has the same issue, and has any advice, I'd really appreciate it
...and I can appreciate that as well. Thanks for the explanation...Now what about viewing my webcam and security alarm from my BB? I definitely like the sound of that!!
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