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Hi I am using a windows 2003 domain, I have a about 100 computers on my domain. I want to prevent my users from using USB removable disks on their computers. I want this to be done using Group Policy, but I am not too sure how to go about doing this? Help please. Thanks.
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what skill level are you working with?  i.e. Have you ever created a GPO before?
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Hi, No. But i have an idea from the reading I did.
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Meko72 pretty much hit it on the head with his two links.

An alternative to using the ADM file would be to use a GPO to change a registry entry at HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\USBSTOR\"Start"=dword:00000003  or  4

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http://support.microsoft.com/kb/823732 

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Meko 72:  I used the microsoft article above and created the .adm file. I copied the .adm file  to the path c:\winnt\inf on the server running the group policy management. What do I do next I am unsure. I created an OU with a few computers in it, these are the computers I want to control in terms of blocking the usb.

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When I add the template, I am not seeing the settings, it is showing blank.I keep getting event ids 1030, 1058 on my server.
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Ok i eventually got rid of the event ids, and I am now seeing the settings. I configured the disable usb setting as enabled, and the disable usb ports as disabled. I then linked and enforced this gpo to an OU. When I tested it on a computer I can still see my usb drive. Any suggestions?
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Can you access the USB device?
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yes i can, I can copy a document to it.
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Have you ran gpupdate/force from the command line on the server?
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yes I did.  I ran it on both the server and the few computers I am testing.
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Lee Ycp: The article you posted above, can I put this registry change in a script or any other format in a gpo and link it to an OU?
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You can create the registry change directly in the GPO.
Open GPMC.
Create a new GPO.
Edit it. (right-click/Edit)
Navigate to Computer Configuration/Preferences/Windows Settings/Registry.
Right click in the right column and select "New/Registry Item"
Navigate to HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\USBSTOR\Start
Change the Value Data from "00000003" to "00000004" and click "OK".
CLose the GPME.
In the GPMC, link the GPO to your test OU.
Reboot or Run a force update on the test client.
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