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Remove VMware tools from taskbar

When running the RDS server on VMware you will find the VMware tools icon in the system tray. But users really don’t need / want to the icon, so let’s make it dissapear.

Make a change to the Registry by using a GPO

Open your RDS Server Machine Policy and expand the following folders:

Computer Configuration, Preferences, Registry

Right click and choose New, Registry Item

Key Path: SOFTWARE\VMware, Inc.\VMware Tools
Value name: ShowTray
Value type: REG_DWORD
Value Data (hex): 00000000

All should look like the above screenshot.
Click OK and you’re all set!

NOTE: When you logon as an Administrator, you will find the VMware Tools in the Control Panel!


More tips and tricks can be found on my Remote Desktop services 2008R2 page.

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