We want to turn it off server side for a few reasons:
1) (see attached file). We have a module that runs with a second security factor post login and before GNOME appears. The applet is not finding a tray and running as a window and sits over the top of our dialog. Web logins needed a second security factor besides just a password.
2) The items in the menu are not things we want our users to see or have access to. The icon sitting in the tray to alert of another connection would be OK as long as it didn’t cause the #1 issue, and we could remove all the menu entries.