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Can I prevent users use pen drives?

Hello I have a Client that ask me to disable the pendrives use, the computer are windows XP.

Any idea?

Thanks
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limmontreefree
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limmontreefree
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Jared_SCommented:
Do they need their USB ports, or could you just disable them?
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btetlow-expertCommented:
I'm guessing "Pendrives" in this case is the latest name for thumb drives or flash drives...  All of which connect via USB.

You will have to create a security policy that will block USB usage....   I know of several larger customers of mine that have done this -- HOWEVER -- they've blocked USB uses totally.

Is this what you're wanting to do?   Doing so would mean that all but those that had the specific policy to allow USB use would be blocked from using ANY USB device like this.
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OribaCommented:
What is your servers OS?

http://www.petri.co.il/disable_usb_disks_with_gpo.htm

Try this link
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chubby_informerCommented:
you should look into Symantec Endpoint Protection.  this software is managed by a server and you can allow or deny access to pretty much anything device.  

this software WILL SUIT YOU NEEDS.

u can block pen drive and yet allow other USB devices such as printers etc etc.
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limmontreefreeAuthor Commented:
They need the usb port to the printer for example
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limmontreefreeAuthor Commented:
The domain controllers are Windows 2003 R2. and I don't need complex configurations, in the A pc nobody can  use flash drives.

If is possible I prefer not to use commercial software.

Thanks
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flubbsterCommented:
That can be done by changing the value of the following registry key from 3 to 4:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\UsbStor\Start

This reg file can be executed that will do it for you. You can run this as a startup across all the pc's at next logon and it will make the change.

http://diaryproducts.net/files/usbstore.reg
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limmontreefreeAuthor Commented:
thanks everybody
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