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How do I hide "network" from users so they don't see all computers on AD.

Posted on 2014-03-10
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Is there a way to hide "network" from users' computers so they can't click it and see all the computers and servers on the network? through a GP maybe?

I'm referring to "Network" - accessed from any Windows explorer window such as "documents" or Windows Explorer
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by:becraig
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1. Open the Start Menu and type regedit.exe in the search line, then press enter.

    2. If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes.

    3. In Regedit, go to the location below:
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HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{F02C1A0D-BE21-4350-88B0-7367FC96EF3C}\ShellFolder

    4. In the left pane of regedit, right click on the ShellFolder key and click on Permissions.

    5. At the top, select the Administrators group. At the bottom, check the Allow box to the right of Full Control and click on OK.

    6. In the right pane of regedit, right click on Attributes and click on Modify.

    7. To Add Network to the Navigation Pane
    NOTE: This is the default setting.

        A) Type in b0040064 and click on OK.
        B) Go to step 9.

    8. To Remove Network from the Navigation Pane

        A) Type in b0940064 and click on OK.

    9. If you have 64-bit Windows 7 Installed

    To also add or remove Network from the "Open" and "Save as" type windows as well in 64-bit Windows 7, you will also need to do this step.

    If you have a 32-bit Windows 7 installed, then skip this step since doing steps 1 to 7/8 will add or remove Network from the "Open" and "Save as" type windows as well.

        A) In Regedit, go to the location below:

        Code:

        HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Classes\CLSID\{F02C1A0D-BE21-4350-88B0-7367FC96EF3C}\ShellFolder

        B) Repeat steps 4 to 7/8 above.

    10. Close regedit.

    11. Restart the computer to fully apply.

Reprinted from
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/39699-network-add-remove-navigation-pane.html

This will tell you how to accomplish this for win 7
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by:Anthony H.
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I forgot to mention we have A LOT of computers.  Is there something at the server level?
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becraig earned 2000 total points
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You can do it through group policy:
http://www.mypchealth.co.uk/Win7PolicyNetwork.php

You can simply apply the policy at the computer or OU level etc.
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