Prevent user domain from saving to a local HD

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    Prevent Users from saving to Desktop by GPO??? - Windows Server 2003

    Hi


    I have seen many threads related what I am asking , but I could not find step by step to do that .
    Do I need a special group on the server and the edit group policy ?
    Do I need to hide drives from users ?


    I have been asked to do that for AD windows 2003 server , how can I prevent users domain from saving to his/her local drives (C, D, etc) , or my document or USB or CD.


    I want to force him/her to save to a folder created on a server and mapped to his/her PC.


    All workstations are windows XP professional SP3


    I do not like to do it through each PC, I want to do it through server , I would assume we can do it,,,,wouldn't we ?



    I know we have to do through GPO on a server,,,,could you please point me to step by step guide how to do that ?


    Thanks
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    Re: Prevent user domain from saving to a loca

    Hi zillah,
    I've marked your thread as Open to encourage a response from the Techs..
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    Re: Prevent user domain from saving to a loca

    Thanks Moderator for that
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    Re: Prevent user domain from saving to a loca

    Hello again Zillah,

    I use Kixtart in my AD environment to handle network drive mapping. It's an easy scripting tool to use. We set up "Home", "Public" and "Departmental" drive mappings on our network for user use. Home is Private with access only to end-user and network admin, Public is for use by everyone, departmental mappings are assigned by either OU or AD group membership.

    Creating GPO's on an AD Server isn't Difficult BUT must be much tested before trying in a "live" environment. To create a Domain GPO, Open Active Directory Users & Computers -> Highlight the Domain -> Right Click -> Properties -> Group Policy tab.

    I'll have to flip through my GPO book to see if I can locate instruction for the specific function you wish.

    One thought - AD is nothing to mess with if you've had no instruction. You might wish to request that your corporation get you into AD classes if you have not had either the prior experience or training.
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    Re: Prevent user domain from saving to a loca

    I dont know what you are trying to achieve but you are asking for trouble.

    1 if you stop people writing to the hd windows may not even work as lots of files are written to the hd like the register etc so preventing users writing could screw up everything.

    2 If you could do it then can your network handle the traffic as you would have loads of temp files. IE cache, profiles etc all writing to a network drive and could swamp a poor network.

    3 What about updates AV MS etc gow can they be updated if the user cant write to the drive. Ok some things may run as a system account and bypass the restriction but alot may not
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    Re: Prevent user domain from saving to a loca

    what some do to keep local disk same is use deep freeze idk if that helps you
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    Re: Prevent user domain from saving to a loca

    I am hoping that Zillah's goal is more to actually redirect the My Documents for each user to the network mapped drives and prevent local saving of documents rather than a total ban of writing to the local HDD.

    Zillah - might you clarify? The above is what I "translated" your request to mean.
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    Re: Prevent user domain from saving to a loca

    Hello Zillah!

    Do you require any further assistance with your issue or have you found resolution in our suggestions? An update would be appreciated!
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    Re: Prevent user domain from saving to a loca

    Hi Admin

    Sorry for not updating.

    Yes this is part of it,,,I do not like a user to save to C or D because it will difficult for admin to backup those document at the end of a day.

    And those documents are work related not for private use.
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    Re: Prevent user domain from saving to a loca

    zillah,

    I seldom find documents any plainer than Microsoft's. And surprisingly they have a document for just what you wish. Please see this TechNet article that addresses Group Policy and Redirection of the My Documents folder.
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    Re: Prevent user domain from saving to a loca

    Thanks for that , I will try that and see how does it go.

    I Appreciate your help
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