Prevent Citrix /Terminal Server Users browsing host file system from Published Apps

Posted on 2006-05-10
Last Modified: 2012-05-05

I have a Windows 2003 network where remote users have access to published apps. They will be able to view pdf files using Acrobat reader exec'd off a vb6 app. Also they can use the MS Word and Excel Viewer apps to view their respective document types. What I want to do is prevent them viewing the local file system and potentially changing/deleting/viewing files using the File Open dialog boxes that come with these apps. Can I block this action with Group Policy or some other technique? FOr example tie the File Open dialog box to an empty folder they cannot browse beyond and is readonly for them? All they should be able to do is view the document in the app and then close the app.


Question by:ajmcqueen
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    This may do what you want to accomplish.  Go into Group Policy (or Local Policy if the machine is in a workgroup) and navigate to:

    User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, Windows Explorer, Hide these specified drives in My Computer.  Set the policy to enabled and select the local drives to hide.  This setting allso hides the drives from the file open dialog in applications.  There are also many other settings in this policy you might want to add.

    Good Luck,
    Dave Garner

    Author Comment


    Works a treat - thanks!


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