Preventing command prompt access except by domain admin

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Can we prevent command prompt access on all servers except for when run by a domain administrator?

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Hi NewmanIT and everyone,

Since W2K3 you ca create a GPO to prevent CMD.exe run.
To do so, create a new/edit an existing one and go to:

user configuration / administrative templates / system
Enable <b>Don’t Run Specified Windows Applications</b>.
Click Show -> Add and type cmd.exe

Don’t forget to apply this GPO to the OU in which are the users you want to prevent cmd.exe access
After finishing, do a gpupdate /force in the client you want to test and verify that a regular user cannot execute cmd.exe.



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  • Subhendu Sen
    Click Start > Run> gpdit.msc > user configuration > administrative templates > system > find prevent access to the command prompt > right click > properties > click enable > ok and reboot. Now activate only Administrator....Open command prompt and type as net user administrator /active:yes OR u can do it another way : Start > Type Control UserPasswords2, then click Advanced & again click Advanced, now select Users and select Administrator and uncheck the the box “Administrator is disabled” Now log out and login as Administrator NOTE: If u want to disable this for a specific user make the change in the registry. Login to the account u want to change and create the following registry entries: HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwarePoliciesMicrosoftWindowsSystem DisableCMD dword 0x00000001 to disable command prompt and batch files or DisableCMD dword 0x00000002 to disable command prompt but not batch files Remember these are all related XP / 2003 / For Vista and 7, may change slightly. CAUTION: Before doing anything with registry, it is good practice to take registry backup for safety purpose from File > Export
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