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Group Policy - Restrict USB Thumbdrive, but allow scanners/digital cams for Win XP/2000

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Is this possible? I know for Windows XP i can make the drive Read Only by adding a registry key. Is this also possible for Windows 2000?  

Is this also achievable on Win98/NT/ME/95 using maybe system policies?
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by:Mike Kline
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Hi kuay23,

I haven't tested it out but it should work, he is using the Microsoft KB article

http://diaryproducts.net/about/operating_systems/windows/disable_usb_sticks
How to disable USB sticks and limit access to USB storage devices on Windows systems


Thanks

Mike
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not through group policy no
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Only with a third-party-product; have a look at DeviceLock (http://www.devicelock.com/). A version for Win9x/Me is available as well, but be aware that with any Win9x based OS, there are absolutely NO reliable ways to control what a "user" can do, as there are no limited users.
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by:kuay23
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Hi oBdA, Just had a look at the devicelock webby.. quite expensive i would say.

I have tried all the available methods mentioned here and from google. Seems like there is no straightforward method, except if all the clients are Win XP (i wish..). Regarding the Win XP method which is to add a registry key StorageDevicePolicies, with a DWORD entry of WriteProtect with value of 1. Can i push this down using GP? I will need a step by step guide cos i've tried can i can't seem to add any new keys.

http://www.msfn.org/comments.php?shownews=11383
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