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AutoCAD - disable local drive saving option (domain environment) only mapped network drive.

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Hi, I am an administrator in a small domain of 10 users. I have two designers working on Autocad 2010.

Even though I have instructed them to save files only on our Domain's file server, they keep saving files locally as they find it easier.

My boss really wants to avoid this as we risk losing files and also the server has better backup system in place.

I want to apply a policy to them, through our Win 2003 R2 Server, so that the local drives are hidden in their computers. When they go to the "Save As" dialog box in AutoCAD, I want them to only see the mapped network drive. The local drives won't be made available for them.

Is this possible? Any complications?

Will AutoCAD cache the file in RAM when it opens it from the server and then just do the auto-saves over the network?

Thanks
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by:Don S.
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You can disable the ability to browse to local dirves via group policy.  Here's a MS article on how to do it.  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/231289  Note: this will disable the ability to browse to local dirves for all programs on the computer that the GPO is applied to - not just autocad.
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by:darkbluegr
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thank you - so after applying the user opens up autocad, clicks "Save as", and only sees a network drive, correct?

final question - how do I make sure there aren't any other local accounts that the users can use to bypass this group policy? just changing the local user's password would be enough?

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by:Don S.
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correct.

This GPO will only apply to a domain user in the OU that you link it to and not a computer.  so, you would need to remove or diable any local profiles.  however, if the users are administrators on their local computers, they could always just create a new local user.  As long as they are administrators you can't stop that.
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hmm if the users are administrators on their local computers, I will have to log on as domain admin and remove them from "administrators" group, right? just move them to power users or just users. Correct?
Awarding points right after this last clarification. Thanks
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Yes.  What I generally do is create a domain group called local admin or something like that and add that to the local computer's Administrators group.  that way in order to grant users local administrator privileges, all you need to do is add them to the domain group and to remove admin privileges - just remove them from the domain group.  after the first time - setting this up, you would not have to visit the machine again to deal with admin privileges.  You can do the same for the power users group.
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