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GPO to turn off simple file sharring.

Posted on 2008-06-10
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Hi
Is there a GPO to turn off Simple file sharring on XP machines.
I am using CA remote install software to push out AV and spyware there tech guys have addvised me simple file sharring must be turned off.
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by:DaMaestro
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Simple file sharing is only used when the machine is not on the domain.

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/advisory/906574.mspx

Turn off the guest account if the machines are not on a domain.
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by:donhodge
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Thats exactly what i said to the tech guy at CA however i found a couple of laptops on my domain had simple file sharring enabled, And they are definately on the Domain.
Whats ur thoughts. Thanks
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by:DaMaestro
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Are those machines using a non NTFS filesystem?  I know some recovery partitions are FAT32, hopefully the machine isn't seeing that.

There was someone at my previous assignment that always took his computer off the domain, the computer account can be present, but stale.

You could also perform a baseline security analysis to see if something else is going on.



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by:donhodge
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They are all NTFS System partitions and yes they have a FAT 32 Recovery partition.
We are only a small network and the user will not take there computer off the domain, nor do they have permission.
It could be a prob with the FAT32 Part as it only seems to be on laptops that i have the prob.
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by:DaMaestro
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So, if they are showing as a mapped drive, you can use policy to hide the FAT32 drive, provided they all use the same drive letter.

User      Windows Explorer      Prevent access to drives from My Computer
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by:donhodge
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sorry to take a long time to respond, flat out with other issues.
So there is no acctual GPO to turn simple file sharing off.

Thanks
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No, because in a domain enviroment it's not suppose to be on. It could be a false positive, maybe the software thinks it's simple file sharing because of the fat32 situation, maybe it's trying to set permissions.
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by:donhodge
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I will have to change some drive letters. I will give your sollution a try. If this does not work i will just do it manualy.

Thanks for all your time.....
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