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I want to implement a group policy on WIN server 2003 to prevent mounting of USB hard drives on windows xp machines and WIN 7 machines. There is no Group policy to implement this by default. What needs to be done to accomplish this?
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You can either use this method - http://www.petri.co.il/disable_usb_disks_with_gpo.htm


Or you can use Group Policy Preferences (GPP). On a Windows Server 2003 environment to create and link the GPP you will either a Windows Server 2008/R2 server or a Windows Vista with Service Pack 1/Windows 7 client with Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) update installed.

RSAT for Windows Vista
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=9FF6E897-23CE-4A36-B7FC-D52065DE9960&displaylang=en

RSAT for Windows 7
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=7D2F6AD7-656B-4313-A005-4E344E43997D&displaylang=en

Disable Adding USB Drive and Memory Sticks via Group Policy and Group Policy Preferences
http://blogs.technet.com/b/danstolts/archive/2009/01/21/disable-adding-usb-drive-and-memory-sticks-via-group-policy-and-group-policy-preferences.aspx

Once you've created and linked the Group Policy Preference your Windows 7 machines will work but the Windows XP machines will need to have Group Policy Preferences Client Side Extensions installed.


The Group Policy Preference can either be part of the Default Domain GPO or you could create and link a new GPO elsewhere in your Organisational Unit (OU) structure.
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Perfect instructions with the link provided!! Thanks!!!
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