How can i Disable USB in AD 2003

Microsoft Windows 7 ultimate 64-bit
April 20, 2012 at 07:15:08
Specs: Windows 2003 64bit, 3.2 Ghz/2 GB
please if anyone know tell me how can i block usb of my clients in my network i am using windows 2003 server and windows xp on client system please someone tell me how can i disable the usb.

KaShIf AfTaB

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April 20, 2012 at 07:25:42
I'm doubtful you can do that through AD considering they're a physical device on the local computer controlled through the computer's BIOS.

I suspect you'd have to go physically unplug all USB ports on all clients. This is what we used to do with floppy drives and CD-ROM's back in the day.

I could be wrong and if I am, hopefully someone else will chime in and tell you how to do it. If you haven't already searched "disable USB in a security policy in AD" (or something like that) on Microsoft's site and google, you should. I'm sure if there is a way, you'd be able to find a link to it.

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April 20, 2012 at 08:28:26
you can disable usb. You do it via group policy. This does assume you are running Active Directory

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April 22, 2012 at 18:57:59
Hi Kashif,

Control USB endpoint from AD is a good and proper deployment for multiple endpoint, if possible I suggest that you use 3rd party tools or software , currently I'm using Sophos enterprise version that have a great features such as device control policy that can manage to block or allowed certain product and device to use on network or specific device

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