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Disabled TCP/IP properties in Vista with Group Policy

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I am trying to disable my Vista and XP users' ability to change their TCP/IP settings through Group Policy in a Windows Server 2003 domain. Can someone provide step-by-step instructions? Thanks.
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by:Mike Kline
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What you need to do is setup a Group Policy object using the following setting
User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Network\Network Connections
>>Prohibit access to properties of a LAN connection
More on the setting here:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc732613(WS.10).aspx
If your users are segregated in an OU then you can link the GPO to that OU.
..as with any group policy always try to test first (either in a lab or with a few test users first)
Thanks
Mike
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by:ahmad2121
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Edit your GPO:

User Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > Network > Network Connections > "Enable Windows 2000 Network Connections settings for Administrators" > Set to "Enable"

Then, set "Prohibit TCP/IP advanced configuration" to "Enabled" (in the same path).

You can also "Prohibit access to properties of a LAN connection" (in the same path).

Save it, then login to a machine using that GPO, do gpupdate /force and try it out (make sure you login with a non-admin account).
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by:rbichon
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My users are admins on their machines. I need to disable it for them as well.
It doesn't seem to be working on my Vista machines. Remember, I am in a Windows Server 2003 domain. Do I have to do something special for the Vista users?
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by:ahmad2121
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If they have admin, you are out of luck. There is no such thing as a "limited admin" in the admin group. You are either an admin with full access, or you are part of some other group. Even if you enforce a policy in the GPO to disable it for admins, they can still override that policy on their local machine.

you can disable it via registry policies:

http://www.activewin.com/tips/reg/1/reg_tip_7.shtml

but again, admins have access to everything so they would just be able to revert that.
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by:rbichon
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What if I make them Power Users?
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Of course, any other set of users, you can get away with not letting them do things. Power Users is just Users with some additional abilities (like installing apps for example). If they were power users the above solutions would work.
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by:rbichon
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Okay. Thanks.
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by:ahmad2121
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wanted to mention that if this is vista, power users don't have access to those options in the first place, so you dont need to do anything else :)
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