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Disable access to or not view Drive C: SBS2011 / servers - via group policy

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Our client has asked us to disable users access / or hide drive C: on four of their company servers.

Two of them are server 2008 r2, one of them is a server 2003 unit and the final one is their SBS2011 server. - these machines are TS'ed into (except sbs 2011)

We wish to employ this via group policy.

Ideally we want this to apply just to the servers, but if it applies to the whole client group also that's fine.

I appreciate this can be achieved via hiding drive C and that's fine also.

I have found lots of methods to achieve this with server 2003 but not for sbs2011.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thank you
Andy
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If non-admins aren't using RDP to access the SBS, I'd just leave it.
Besides that its the same procedure for 2003 or SBS.

Since it has side effects in some applications when you prevent access to C:, I'd rather limit the GPO just to the servers that require it.

Its a user GPO so if you link it to the server's OU, you need turn on loopback processing.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/231287/en-us
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Hi Mpfister

Thanks for the info and feedback.

Is it not possible to 'hide' drive C from the users - how would this prevent programs from working.

I can see in various articles there are methods for hiding certain / all drives from view.

Are you saying that 'hiding' drives would have an adverse effect on programs also
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You can use the GPO setting under User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Hide these specified drives from "My Computer" and "Prevent access to drives from "My Computer" do disable C:.

But I've experienced error messages in some programs when users access an "Open file" dialog that defaults to C:\Users... The user gets an error message that its unable to access C:. If they click "ok" they can contine to browse to a different drive, but its a bit confusing.

Still access to C: is not really blocked, because Windows itself and installed programs wouldn't work anymore.
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Thanks Mpfister for the info and insight - I shall let me customer know and he can make a more informed choice.
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Thanks for the help Mpfister - my customer decided not to go with hiding drive C:
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Quick and Concise - excellent
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