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Windows 2000 AD GP to restrict software installs

I am running a Windows 2000 AD in native mode with a mixture of Windows 2000 Pro and XP clients running SP4, SP1, and SP2 respectively. What I have at remote sites is 2000 file servers that are used for storage and backup, and in some cases used for mail and apps for production if the site has limited # of machines. What I would like to do at this point is restrict those 2000 file servers from having software installed on them through a gp, what's the best practices to go about doing this? I know of 3rd party apps, but we're looking to do this with what we currently have in place.
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I am not sure about group policy.  However I know that if you don't log in with Administrator rights you will not be able to install software.  So as long as people aren't  logging on to your server directly with Administrator rights then they should have the ability to install software.
First ill post this lin for you, it outlines every setting in group policy


You can achieve what you are asking via Group Policy, you can either restrict certain appz, or prevent any appz being installed

best bet would to be set a group policy on the OU containing the users that log on to those file servers. Add the policy onto a new OU containing those users OR use filtering in the policy to apply it only to those users if you dont wan to move them

let me know if you need help

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