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How can I lock out USB drives on my workstations?

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What is the best way to stop my users from inserting flash drives into my workstations?  Can I set up a rule that will block flash drives using active directory?

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Jon
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by:Steven Harris
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If USB Software is already installed:

set HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\UsbStor to hexi value of 4

Then deny permissions to the following files:

%SystemRoot%\Inf\Usbstor.pnf
%SystemRoot%\Inf\Usbstor.inf
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How you go about this depends on the level of your Active Directory and the version of your clients, i.e., Windows XP or 7.  Here is a good read:

http://www.grouppolicy.biz/tag/usb/
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by:jsuber-tchd
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Solution works great!
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That's great news!
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