Disable Mission Control Shortcuts via MCX in Workgroup Manager (Lion, Mountain Lion)

Due to some standardized testing applications I had a requirement to turn off the Mission Control keyboard shortcuts in Lion and Mountain Lion. To do so I turned them off manually in the keyboard system preferences and then checked ~/Library for changes. I found that the ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.symbolichotkeys.plist was changed. The file had quite a list of options in it so I did a bit of googling around for “symbolichotkeys disable Mission Control”. This led me to a somewhat helpful post here…
https://jamfnation.jamfsoftware.com/discussion.html?id=9503
With that I searched through my own com.apple.symbolichotkeys.plist file and found the 79, 80, 81 and 118 keys and copy/pasted them into a clean plist doc with just those four settings. I added those to WGM to apply to the group I needed these settings and called it a day.

More useful information about Keyboard shortcuts also found here…
http://hintsforums.macworld.com/showthread.php?t=114785
http://krypted.com/mac-os-x/defaults-symbolichotkeys/

This is the contents of the file I used…

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
<plist version="1.0">
<dict>
 <key>AppleSymbolicHotKeys</key>
 <dict>
 <key>118</key>
 <dict>
 <key>enabled</key>
 <false/>
 <key>value</key>
 <dict>
 <key>parameters</key>
 <array>
 <integer>65535</integer>
 <integer>18</integer>
 <integer>262144</integer>
 </array>
 <key>type</key>
 <string>standard</string>
 </dict>
 </dict>
 <key>79</key>
 <dict>
 <key>enabled</key>
 <false/>
 <key>value</key>
 <dict>
 <key>parameters</key>
 <array>
 <integer>65535</integer>
 <integer>123</integer>
 <integer>262144</integer>
 </array>
 <key>type</key>
 <string>standard</string>
 </dict>
 </dict>
 <key>80</key>
 <dict>
 <key>enabled</key>
 <false/>
 <key>value</key>
 <dict>
 <key>parameters</key>
 <array>
 <integer>65535</integer>
 <integer>123</integer>
 <integer>393216</integer>
 </array>
 <key>type</key>
 <string>standard</string>
 </dict>
 </dict>
 <key>81</key>
 <dict>
 <key>enabled</key>
 <false/>
 <key>value</key>
 <dict>
 <key>parameters</key>
 <array>
 <integer>65535</integer>
 <integer>124</integer>
 <integer>262144</integer>
 </array>
 <key>type</key>
 <string>standard</string>
 </dict>
 </dict>
 </dict>
</dict>
</plist>
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About Craig Szymanski

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