ATT, Tridia, or Tight?
tng "at" cyberus.ca
Fri, 23 Nov 2001 17:11:11 +0000
THE OFFICIAL ANSWER
The official answer is that you can not remove the VNC Icon from the system
tray... and don't bother asking for this feature to be added because the
author has taken a very strong position on this (and I agree with him) and
to my knowledge he hasn't even come close to ever being convinced to change
his mind. It all has to do with privacy, morals and ethics. See
http://www.uk.research.att.com/vnc/faq.html#q46 for the official details.
Personally I think we are lucky that it is just a tiny icon. Could have
been worse... like a bar right across the screen or something like that.
[ Please don't take the following the wrong way. Parts of it may sound
harsh but is in fact nothing more than a simple friendly warning based on
the experience of many who have gone though similar experiences and is not
meant to necessarily be a reflection of your personal situation. ]
PLEASE BE SURE TO GET MANAGEMENTS SUPPORT BEFORE YOU IMPLEMENT ANY REMOTE
TAKEOVER SOLUTION, be it VNC, PCAnywhere, Remote Desktop Connection, NetOP
or any of the others out there, especially if you are planning on running
this in stealth mode. I remember installing a program called LanAssist
years ago on old DOS machines to help me support users. I almost got fired
the first time the VP found out that I could take over their screen at any
Without management supporting and having a good understanding of your
initiative, your users could have management force you to completely remove
this valuable tool from your network which would really defeat the what you
are trying to accomplish. It's not hard to cry foul when dealing with
privacy issues. It doesn't matter if you are the most ethical person in the
world. What counts is what users believe and if they even have the
slightest concern that you might be looking over their virtual shoulder
when they are not expecting it and without them knowing it, your project
will die right there and then. It's not all that different than tapping a
telephone line really when you think about it.
Assuming you have full management support, I have included below a few
suggestions below on how you might overcome the challenge of removing the
VNC icon from the system tray. Keep in mind that I haven't actually ever
had the need or even tried any of the following techniques:
1) Download, modify and recompile the source code so that the icon no
longer appears on the task bar. Not supported.
2) Try using TridiaVNC (supported by Tridia only). I believe a setting to
remove or hide the icon is (or at least used to be) included. See
http://www.tridiavnc.com/list-mailist/2001/Feb/0002.html for details.
3) There is a utility called Resource Hacker
(http://www.rpi.net.au/~ajohnson/resourcehacker/) which will allow you to
open WinVNC.exe, edit it and then save it. It will allow you to remove the
icon from WinVNC.exe and may solve your problem. Whether VNC works after
that is another question. Not supported of course.
4) Take a chance and try applying the TridiaVNC "DisableTrayIcon" registry
change to TightVNC. TightVNC adds many features to the standard WinVNC and
might possibly support the ability to disable the TightVNC tray icon.
5) For more details and other alternatives, check out the "WinVNC Tray Icon
Mini-FAQ", available at http://vnc.ingecom.com/tray.htm.
With the exception of the TridiaVNC and possibly the TightVNC solutions,
any other tweak that gets rid of the icon could result in loss of support
by the author of VNC as well as fellow VNC users. You have been warned.
TNG Consulting Inc.
At 04:53 PM 2001-11-22, you wrote:
>how do you hide the VNC icon on the task bar?
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