Bock Net work browsing through group policy issue


I created a group policy to try to block network browsing by going to and setting:

User Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Explorer.

  No Computers Near Me in Network Locations
 No Entire Network in Network Locations
 Remove Map Network Drive and Disconnect Network Drive

This seems to work and the users can still get their mapped drives, but now I am getting reports that some of the users lost their printers

Would these settings affect that?
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Trenton KnewOwner / Computer WhispererCommented:
If they were installed using the "network printer" option, then yes.  If you installed as a local device via a TCP/IP port, then no.

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thomasm1948Author Commented:
They were installed using GPO:

Trenton KnewOwner / Computer WhispererCommented:
can you manually browse \\pr-hs-prt01 on one of the computers in the GPO by typing it in run or in an address bar?
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thomasm1948Author Commented:
Yes, the settings above should only affect the network browsing through Network Places or explorer
thomasm1948Author Commented:
The users still have access to their network drives
Trenton KnewOwner / Computer WhispererCommented:
Sorry, I got nothin.  I was thinking that perhaps the printer connection would break if those users somehow added the printers via network browsing, but you said they were added via GPO.  Also you said, some, but not all I'm assuming.  There's no consistent behavior. Could just be windows Group Policy being weird, since It's known to be fickle at times.  Wish I could help more
All 3 settings do not restrict user from manually accessing shared resources from run dialog box

Due to  "Remove Map Network Drive and Disconnect Network Drive" I guess printers are getting disconnected
thomasm1948Author Commented:
The "Remove Map Network Drive and Disconnect Network Drive"  prevents users from using Windows Explorer or Network Locations to map or disconnect network drives
You are using shared printers \\server\printer

This is also kind of mapping
thomasm1948Author Commented:
Yes, but the shared  drives are mapped the same way and they work
So you mean to say, users are not able to map shared printers?

It might be printer drivers problem, have you tried to update printer drivers?
thomasm1948Author Commented:
The users have access to their network drives
thomasm1948Author Commented:
I figured it out.  The reason why the printers were not applying was that the GPO was timing out.  I increase the time out and everything applied.
thomasm1948Author Commented:
thank you for trying to help resolve my issue
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