Blocking USB drives or any removable media on Active Directory network

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Can I block the use of USB drives or flash drives or any removable media on our active directory network across the board. We are using group policy but I do not know how to configure it.

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Great instructions found for you via Peril. It includes a custom “adm” GPO file to utilize for those additional settings. It helps if your environment is Vista and above for improved functions but will still work with XP in the environment.

This setting only allows you to disable devices a much better solution is to use 3rd party software which allows control of individual devices and not only block access but allow read only ensure you only use approved device ensure you only use encrypted devices etc. We currently use Sophos device control however there are plenty of other solutions in the market.

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  • mpez0
    Make sure you have the autorun patch installed as appropriate. Good instructions for registry tweaking are here
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  • Kasseem77
    how to usb flash drive access denied through group policy in windows active directory
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  • Pop59
    Maybe you should try with spec. software for that. Investigate Cryptzone products: http://cryptzone.com/products/eusb/ Good luck!
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