How do password protect computers in My Network Places?

Posted on 2006-04-14
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
I have a windows 2003 domain.  100+ workstations.  At any time from any computer I can view "my Network places" and open each computer.  I only see shares not the entire drive.  How can I remove and or password protect the computers from "my network places"?  
Question by:rmckolay
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    Hi techwizz40,

    you want to remove them, turn off netbios, be aware that this provides name resolution though and may cause you other problems, why not just block off my network places with a GPO?

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    USer config\Administrative Templates\Desktop\Hide My Network Places icon on desktop

    User Config\Administrative Templates\Start Menu and Taskbar\Remove My Network Places icon from Start Menu


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    Ok thanks.  Do you know how to remove the link from "my computer" and keep people from browsing via ip or at least secure it with a username password?
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    the GP settings i sent wont lock the down the ability to browse via IP - you will still be able to see default printers etc if your  start - run - \\compname

    if you enforce those settings, it wont remove the link but will deny access
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    If you don't have a need for people to access these computers, uninstall "file and print services" from the network control panel for the lan card.  They will still be able to access any shares and will be able to see computers on the network but you will not be able to connect to any of them.

    Make sure you are not sharing any directories or printers from the client machines before you do this because you will lose your ability to share things once you remove the service

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