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Server 2012 AD How to block USB drive access using GPO

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We have to block access to USB drives on domain computers. We're running Windows 7 and Server 2012 AD. I've seen various articles but none seem to help with 2012. I've looked in GP but don't see \User Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\System\Removable Storage Access or the same one under \Computer\

I just don't see Removable Storage Access anywhere to disable and I can't find anything specific to Windows 2012 on this.
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by:scubadiver_dave
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I think part of the problem is..

\Computer\Administrative Templates: Policy definitions (ADMX files) retrieved from the central store.

At some point we added some ADM templates to deal with various Office GPOs. Now we don't see the default ones like Removable Storage Access.

How can I get that back?
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I'm getting closer but can't find any current articles on who to copy ADMX files for server 2012 to the central store. All the articles are old and talk about 2008. I'm getting access denied when I try to copy the new ADMX files for Windows 8.1 and 2012 to the sysvol share.
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Praveen Kumar Bonala earned 500 total points
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Hi,
please check this link. Here you will get step by step process.

https://4sysops.com/archives/how-to-disable-usb-drive-use-in-an-active-directory-domain/
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by:scubadiver_dave
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Thanks. I've seen articles about how to do it. My problem was that the GPO wasn't there. I had to download and install newer ADMX files and was having a security issue at first because I was trying to copy the new ADMX files to a UNC path instead of just using c:\windows\sysvol.

It's all good now and I can see the GPO.
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