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Windows Explorer - Hide Client Computers Under 'Network'

Posted on 2014-08-28
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Last Modified: 2014-08-28
When I browse 'Network' in Windows Explorer I see all of my network clients listed.

What I'd like is a way to hide all network clients and servers from appearing under 'Network' for all users excepting administrators. Obviously their relationship to the network must remain unaltered.

I've tried turning off network discovery but this can be turned on again........

Thank you.
Question by:IT Guy
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by:IT Guy
ID: 40290996
I should have mentioned:

I'm using Server 2003 with Win 7 clients.

After reading more about this it appears that there's not a GPO to achieve this - does anyone have a registry edit which will work?

Thank you.
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becraig earned 2000 total points
ID: 40291018
Here is a registry hack to remove the network browser icon

To do this using GPO
1) Open Group Policy Management
2) Go to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Explorer
3) Then Disable No “Computers Near Me” in My Network Places
4) Then Disable No “Entire Network” in My Network Places

Then simply apply the GPO to the OU for the users you want to block.

More info:

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by:IT Guy
ID: 40291044
Excellent. Thank you.

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