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    Question GPO: Disable Network Browsing?

    Hi folks,

    Finding lots around this in Google, but nothing for this exact issue.

    I want to be disable network browsing for students, specifically where they see "Network" on the left-hand side in Windows Explorer. They use Windows 7.

    We have Ranger, which can limit drive access, but doesn't seem to have the facility to disable network browsing.

    Is it possible with a GPO?

    TIA

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    yes you can disable in GPO (I have) I think it's in the windows components / Windows explorer.

    A Similar issue is an active directory search (for PCs/printers/shares) but you can limit the results to zero. again there is a gpo for that!

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    Thanks. Yes there seem to be things under User Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Explorer.

    These three specifically:

    No Computers Near Me in Network Locations
    No Entire Network in Network Locations
    Remove Map Network Drive and Disconnect Network Drive
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    Annoyingly though this hasn't disabled "Network" in Explorer, and I can still browse it. Ho hum.

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    Apply this ADM template as it will hide the Network and other 'items'.

    Disable Libraries.zip

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    Thanks!

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    That doesn't seem to work either, sadly. I'm not that au fait with ADM files, but applied it under User Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates, followed by a right-click Add/Remove Templates.

    Curiously I also spotted Computer Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > Classic Administrative Templates > Windows 7 Explorer Navigation Items. I disabled the relevant items, and still no change (after a reboot).

    There may well be some clash of GPOs at this point, which will no doubt take some unpicking, unless anyone else has a suggestion.

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    OK, figured it out. The ADM templates needed to be put in a GPO that was being applied to PCs. I imported them under Computer Configuration, and that has worked.

    Thanks again Chuckster.

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    hello , im having the same problem , i need to prevent students seeing Network on the left-hand side in Windows Explorer , can you plz explain in details how you solved it ?

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    Which bit are you stuck on? It needs some knowledge of editing group policy.

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    ok . i did disable No Computers Near Me in Network Locations No Entire Network in Network Locations , and i added the file "disable libraries " under Computer configuration - administrative templates .. but then what ......

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    PS: im working on WS2003

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    You have to enable the various settings in the imported ADM file - I enabled everything bar Hide Computer.

    I also found it had to be applied through a GPO that affected PCs explicitly. YMMV

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    ok well ... i think the file i added is broke because i didnt get any new bar and is it just 1kb ?... can you please upload it again ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gongalong View Post
    OK, figured it out. The ADM templates needed to be put in a GPO that was being applied to PCs. I imported them under Computer Configuration, and that has worked.

    Thanks again Chuckster.
    What if I have an AD setup and I want to restrict access to shares and drives based on the user? If I restrict to computers, then someone can access the data by logging in from one of the computers that is allowed access.

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