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Group Policy C: drive restriction

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Currently I block access to the local C: drive so domain users can't access the hard drive using Server 2003 group policy.  Is there a way using group policy to allow users access to 1 folder on the hard drive and block everything else?  

Example:  Block access to the C: drive and allow access to C:\Program File\Lytec

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by:SMFX
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Under the group policy, you can Add the folder in Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\File System.  At that point you can define NTFS permissions that would allow the users to have access to the specified folder.

Obviously, just be careful that you don't put in an invalid path or group as this will force whatever changes you tell it to.  In addition, you won't really be able to change it to something else on the client as this policy will overwrite it.

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ahm_khattab earned 1000 total points
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good day

for sure u can

all what u have to do is to logon using administrator account that have access to drive c, go to the folder u need all the user to view, set permision to every one as full controll or modify, and block inharetance for this folder, then greate a shortcut for this folder to the desktop, or mount this folder to a logical partion name or share this folder and map it as a network drive for all users.

hope this will help.
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by:AnthVXNE
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thats fine if you run one pc, but if you run 3,000 wouldn't really want to go around each and everyone to do that.

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This is why I mentioned the group policy setting.  That will work for folders on any computers the GPO would apply to.  You just need to be careful as that can have adverse affects if you put the wrong permissions on the wrong folders; like not allowing SYSTEM access to OS files or Denying Everyone access to vital pieces.

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