Prevent users from saving music & video files on server

Posted on 2007-10-16
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Working on a Window 2003 Server network that has profile redirection enabled.  I see that a lot of users are saving mp3, mpeg and all sorts of other space consuming media files on the server.  Is there a way to preclude users from saving specific file types on a Windows 2003 server via a gpo or something similar?
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Windows Server 2003 R2 has this capability, though I confess I've not implemented it myself.  Here's an excerpt -

File Screening. FSRM enables administrators to restrict the use and propagation of non-business files throughout the organization. File screening rules apply to all users in a folder tree or volume. Exceptions limiting inheritance of screening policies can be configured.

Take a look at this -

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There isn't a GPO setting to do that.  There may be third party software to do it.

Telling the users you'll delete any mp3, mpeg etc files off the server is usually effective.
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by:Hypercat (Deb)
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The only way I know of to do this is to use the settings under User Configuration/Administrative Templates/System/User Profiles/Exclude directories in roaming profile to exclude the set of folders where they are saving these files - usually under "My Documents" and its subfolders.

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