How to disable usb storage by group policy

I want to disable the usb storage, Floppy and CD/DVD Drives for some domain users by the group policy.
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thabashAsked:
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Jm_saundersCommented:
Which version of Windows is on the server and the clients?
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Jm_saundersCommented:
Actually, to save some time I will give you the answer for both Server 2003 and Server 2008.

In Server 2008, the functionality is built into the group policy by default. You can find it under;

User Configuration-->Policies-->Administrative Templates-->System-->Removable Storage Access

In Server 2003, you will need to create an ADM template as per the instructions here;

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555324

Regards,

James
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Mike KlineCommented:
Do you have at least one Vista or 2008 machine on your network?   If you do you can use group policy preferences here and that will really help you.  If you don't have one of those machines this may be a good reason to put one up (just need one)
Group Policy MVP Darren Mar-Elia has a good quick overview of preferences here:
http://sdmsoftware.com/blog/2008/09/whitepaper_on_group_policy_pre.html
See my screenshot, you can see the power you have.  In my example I disabled the floppy drive.
Thanks
Mike
 
 

GPP-Preferences-storage.jpg
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Jm_saundersCommented:
Could you let us know if the solution was successful, and if not what other assistance you require?

Regards,

James
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thabashAuthor Commented:
sorry to be late

now i have 2003 server and windows xp as clients
i want to disable all users usb to be used o connect an external hrddisk but if the user connect a printet through the usb then it should work

is there a solution
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