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disable creating shortcuts

We have stopped students creating shortcuts on the desktop using group policy. If they go into their home directory and go to file -new -shortcut and typing in the dialog box \\filesvr, they can create a shortcut and look at other students work. They cannot delete the other students work but can create new documents in the other students directories. Is there any GPO toStop a user creating a shortcut in their home directory
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Uhh, if they can create or view files in other users directories, it's not a GPO to stop shortcuts you need..  What you need is to fix your permissions..
You can use software restriction policies (SRP) to ensure that .lnk files (shortcuts) cannot be created.  First you need to set .lnk as the only designated file type in the SRP:
1. Open the group policy management console
2. Open Software Restriction Policies.
3. In the details pane, double-click Designated File Types.
4. Add in .lnk files and remove all others

Then you need to create a new path rule and set it to Disallowed.  Use the path of the home directory and apply the policy to the correct OU, refresh the policy (gpupdate /force) on the client or wait for auto refresh.

This KB article will help you here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/324036
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That's all well and good, but that's not going to stop the root cause of the problem.  A user could just as easily open Notepad or Word or any other app and simply type in the shortcut to the other user's directory (they obviously know them or have figured them out).

The only way to prevent this behavior is to fix the permissions problems that obviously exist.

This seems to be a hard thing to do...read and see if this helps...

You're quite right but the question was how do you stop users creating shortcuts in their home folder.  
rosrAuthor Commented:
removed all domain users from the share permission

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