How to block USB drives for the users in windows 2003

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I want to block all USB related device access permission to my users. So how can I define the group policy for this.

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Are you using Active Directory? If so you have 2 options. If not use the first one:

  1. Manually modify the registry key which is described in the KB article:
  2. Using Group Policy as descrbed in the KB article:

You can use security filtering in the GPO to apply the policy on certain group of computers.

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  • bhannah
    Also, and just as importantly you can turn off the USB capability in the BIOS level.  If you modify the registry to turn it off, it does not prevent someone from putting a bootable USB drive into a USB port and rebooting the PC.  The PC will then boot from the USB Drive and have access to the PC and all the files.  This is something that I do all the time for scanning for virus removal. 
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