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Disable USB by Windows 2000 Group policy

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I have a network of Win2k Server and Win2k Pro. I have disable and enable Floppy drives and CD-R0M on user basis through Group Policy. Now I want to do the same for USP drives but havent seen any option in Windows 2000 Group Policy. I would like to know that how could I disable and enabled USB Ports/drives on users basis from software rather then using BIOS.

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by:j_bali
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Havnt got any help from Technet.
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by:axelt
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Not possible, think you need third party software to do that.
you could disable the usb device in Device Manager - not very practical on a large number of computers
And USB is a useful piece of hardware, especially for laptops... (usb mouse, f.ex)


Another solution is restricting users to only seeing and accessing the drives you want them too see

f.ex, if you use G: H: and K: you could prevent users from seeing anything else.
You can't do this with Group policy - it doesn't let you select exactly what drives you want to display, just a,b,c and d...all or nothing basically
The setting is here: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Explorer\

But if you set some values f.ex via a reg-file in your logon script, you can do it:
http://www.jsiinc.com/suba/tip0000/rh0050.htm
http://www.jsiinc.com/SUBH/tip3600/rh3636.htm

It's important to set both "hide" and "prevent", to avoid easy bypassing of the policy by command prompt

Also enable the 'remove "map network drive" and "disconnect network drive"' policy. also at User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Explorer\

Still possible to bypass using a command prompt - you can disable this as well... that's under \user config\admin templates\system
To prevent someone from writing a bat-file to bypass the restriction, you will need to stop script processing also - not very practical, but you could do it if you don't need the script....logon script could be run with kix32 f.ex. But test test test

This will prevent almost, if not all, users from using a usb disk. Yes, they can connect it, the pc will install it, but they can't access it
And this way, you can still use other usb devices

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by:j_bali
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Good comments Axelt, but I have to wait for more comments then deceide to accept your answer.
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