How can I stop users searching network drives?

495 pts.
Group Policy
Microsoft Windows Server 2003
Microsoft Windows XP
Windows Server Permissions
We have a number of mapped network drives and one of them is l linux mapped drive. When users search they tend to search all drives. When the Linux drive is searched it slows the linux server down for all users. How can I prevent them from searching a drive letter?

I found this but is only for windows desktop search 4, does anyone know of an ADM template configured for this that I can import in to active directory?


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windows server 2003 R2 & xp clients

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If a user wants to search the network, he’s going to search the network. Short of some type of desktop lockdown program there’s not a lot I can think of to prevent this.

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  • Stevesz
    ass has been said, if users are going to search, they are gong to search. It is not stated why it is wanted to stop the searches. Is it because one is trying to keep an old, rickety server alive for a while longeer? Is there too heavy a load on the disk systems to support other activity while drive searches are being made? Are people finding and reading things they have no stated authority to view? There are many legitimate reasons for searches to be done. The first thing I would do is to try to determine why the users are doing a lot of search. Once you have learned this, then you would be able to lay out a plan to reduce the amount of searching, or limit the searches to a more defined area. Education of users will be a part of any plan you devise. It may be as simple (ha!) as teaching the users to search a more defined set of directories, rather than starting at the root of the mapped drive. You may need to redefine the drive mappings to fit the certain criteria of any groups. If they are looking to find stuff they really ought to not see, well, it becomes an HR issue as well. You'll need to reset permissions, and, possibly move the data to another, more private, area. Without a better definition of what is going on, you'll not be able to attempt to bring it under control.
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