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Where can I change the domain group policy to prevent users from been able to browse the network. Some of my users are looking around and even though they do not have network connections to some of the resources available on the other network systems, they are navigating there and seeing what is shared. How can I remove this so all they see are their local drives and network connections? Thanks.
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by:Manjunath Sullad
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You need to change below registry path,

Open Registry (regedit)

Navigate to

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{F02C1A0D-BE21-4350-88B0-7367FC96EF3C}\ShellFolder

Please refer below link for more information.

http://www.askvg.com/how-to-remove-network-from-windows-7-explorers-navigation-pane/
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by:Lionel MM
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This is a registry change--what I am looking for is a domain group policy that I can control in Active Directory and push out to all system on the domain without having to do it system by system. Thanks.
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In the GPO Editor, navigate to:

User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Explorer

Object to modify is Entire Network

Reference:
http://technet.microsoft.com/library/Cc975955
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Additional options

User Configuration/Administrative Templates/Desktop/Remove My Network Places icon from desktop

User Configuration/Administrative Templates/Desktop/Remove My Network Places icon from Start menu
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by:Gareth Gudger
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CORRECTION:

User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Explorer

Object to modify is
Entire Network
Computers Near Me
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by:Lionel MM
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User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Explorer
Objects to modify is Entire Network & Computers Near Me
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This does not work--I had already done this. I want to remove computers in their domain/workgroup from Windows Explorer so they can't browse to other PC's/Server shares but even after these changes the other PC and Servers are still there.
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by:Gareth Gudger
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Are you applying this GPO to the OU where the users are located? Can you confirm this policy is being applied with GPRESULT?
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by:Lionel MM
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I only have one group policy--the default domain policy--all the other settings I have applied have worked using that OU--attached is the result of grpresult and 2 pictures to show that I made the suggested gpo change and that the entire network is still visible in Windows Explorer
GP-Result-CCI-Scott.txt
GP-No-Network.jpg
Network-Windows-Explorer.jpg
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One recommendation via registry.

You might be able to push this Registry Change through GPO.
http://www.askvg.com/how-to-remove-network-from-windows-7-explorers-navigation-pane/
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That was suggested in an earlier post--I do not want to make changes to each PCs registry via GPO. I am trying to find out why the provided GPO are not working as they should--based on your suggestions they should of worked so what I am doing wrong that is causing them not to work?
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None of the above worked but thanks for the time and suggestions
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by:FernandoAlmeida
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Issue: Need to hide the NETWORK in Windows Explorer Per USER:

I ultimately found the solution in the following article:

http://serverfault.com/questions/596726/hide-network-icon-in-file-explorer-on-server-2012

Here are the REG files to enable / disable the network icon along with the GPO XML files that you can simply copy directly into the GPO.

User Configuration\Preferences\Windows Settings\Registry

Once changes are applied Logoff and On again or Reboot the Server/Computer
HideNetworkInExplorer.reg
ShowNetworkInExplorer.reg
HideNetworkInExplorer.xml
ShowNetworkInExplorer.xml
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