External CD drives (Army guys?)

May 3, 2010 at 09:50:59
Specs: Windows Vista
Here in the Army, we have this rule where we are not authorized external memory devices (ie thumbdrives, external HDD, ect) due to virus issues. Recently we have fielded those little netbooks that coffee shop kids like so much, and to the chagrin of the officers that received those toys, they don't come with a CD/DVD drive.

The problem that we have is that we can't just use any external drive. Most of them have flash memory for drivers right there on the device, which that in itself will get the computer blocked from the network.

The question I have is;

Is there a external CD/DVD drive that is possibly not a plug and play drive? Or one that will not register as a external memory device?

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May 3, 2010 at 10:16:47
No, you have to take the Netbook off of the domain then install the software you want using the external drive then put it back on the domain. This will by pass the GPO that is preventing you access. Most IT guys know this. Are you the administrator for your division? If not go see your Network Administrator.

The other solution is to run your installs from a PXE server. This way it makes the servers CD ROM appear as a drive on the computer when it boots up off the NIC or if it is not a system disk that you are trying to access then use a Peer-To-Peer share using Windows Workgroups. My guess is that you have peer-to-peer sharing turned off as it is a security risk. Your last option is to simply copy the contents of the disk to a network share drive then copy them down to your Netbook.

Personally I would not allow any information to be copied to or from the computers unless by an authorized person which could be given rights to USB and CD ROM drives through the GPO.

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May 3, 2010 at 11:17:40
The GPO does prevent access for mass storage, and the driver idea is something I'm gonna try as soon as I can find the drivers (almost want to call the drive legacy). I am a system admin for a BDE, so I would be the one doing this. Just now fielding these netbooks, and it's one issue after another. We do not have the CDs that came with the drives, and they are out dated enough not to have the drivers online. I guess the next step is to just buy some new drives.

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May 3, 2010 at 22:21:45
In some cases you can modify the flash drive and have the OS see it as a regular hard drive. Check my # 6 here:


I'm not sure if they'll be seen as USB hard drives or regular internal drives.

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