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Diable Show Hidden Files and Folders option in Group Policy

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I am looking to lock down some folders using ntfs but also Hide them .. No issues.. Now,  I want to be able to lock it down so users arent able to show hidden files and folders via group Policy.  I am using server 2003 with all xp machines on a domain.  Is there an AMD i can download with this option to disable or do i have to make one via registry keys?   If so anyone have a link to, how to?  
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Yes I saw that.. Is creating a template in windows 2000 the same as 2003?  That question was created in 08, i am making sure Microsoft has not released a Template that can disable that option snice then.  
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ADM templates are the same in 2000 and 2003 as far as I know. In 2008 and 2008 R2 ADMX were introduced.
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There is no such policy, but here is registry setting and registry settings can be enforced thorugh GPO with Administrative templates.

This is the registry key:

User Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
Value Name: ShowSuperHidden
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Value Data: ( 0 = Hide Files, 1 = Show Files)

This article explains how to create custom adm template:
"How to create custom administrative templates in Windows 2000"
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/323639

And this article explains how to use adm templates with GPO:
http://www.petri.co.il/adding_new_administrative_templates_to_gpo.htm

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And the next poster was helpful also:

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Here is an ADM template I have used in the past:

CLASS USER
CATEGORY "System"
CATEGORY "Folders Files"
POLICY "Hide\Show Hidden Files"
EXPLAIN "This setting will allow for you to set the show and hide files and folders by default Keep in mind that this information will be stored in cleartext in the systems registry."
KEYNAME "SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Window

s\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced"

PART "SetThis" NUMERIC REQUIRED TXTCONVERT
VALUENAME "Hidden"
MIN 1 MAX 2 DEFAULT "2"
END PART


END POLICY
END CATEGORY
END CATEGORY


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- Save the text with an ".adm" extention and place it somewhere.
( We save our custom ADM's here: C:\WINDOWS\inf\ADM Templates )
- Create a GPO called "HiddenFiles" then open it up and add this template to your GPO
- Right click the "Administrative Templates" -> View -> Filtering -> "Only show policy settings that can be fully managed"
- Then go into your "User Configuration" -> Administrative Templates -> System -> Folders Files -> "Hide\Show Hidden Files"

The only catch with using unmanaged ADM's is they need to be reversed not disabled when you want to remove them from your system.

If you set ( Hidden = 1 )
You will need to set ( Hidden = 0 )










or


http://www.knowledgesutra.com/forums/topic/49984-how-to-disable-show-hidden-files-and-folders-in-folder-option/




or


http://en.kioskea.net/s/Diable+Show+Hidden+Files+and+Folders+option+in+Group+Policy









or
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/190918-46-group-policy-folder-options




or


http://www.recipester.org/solution-show-hidden-files-folders-disable-group-policy.html





or
http://discussions.virtualdr.com/archive/index.php/t-143955.html




or



http://www.theeldergeek.com/registry_edits.htm



or
http://globalgeeksource.com/xp/display-hidden-files-and-folders-2/













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