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Disable USB and CD via GP

Posted on 2008-10-11
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I have applied group policy for disabling USB and CD drive. For this I have created a custom template as per the KB http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555324. All is working fine except the USB. CD drive is disabled but USB is not disabled. System can still recognizing the USB pen drive.  I have applied this on computer configuration.

Can any one help to understand what's wrong with this.
Great thanks

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Gaurav Arora
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Hi,

    Refer the following articles,
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555324

    Excerpts of the above article,

    "By default, Group Policy does not offer a facility to easily disable drives containing removable media, such as USB ports, CD-ROM drives, Floppy Disk drives and high capacity LS-120 floppy drives. However, Group Policy can be extended to use customised settings by applying an ADM template. The ADM template in this article allows an Administrator to disable the respective drivers of these devices, ensuring that they cannot be used."

     http://www.windowsdevcenter.com/pub/a/windows/2005/11/15/disabling-usb-storage-with-group-policy.html

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KKVP
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Hi,

   Create the Custom ADM file and import in your GP using GPMC, refer the below articles for more info,

  Copy the ADM template from the below KB,
  http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;555324

  To import the ADM file and enabling & disabling the USB, CD Drivers refer the below article,
http://thelazyadmin.com/blogs/thelazyadmin/archive/2005/07/05/Creating-Custom-ADM-Templates.aspx

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KKVP
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