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    File stash

    This is my first question post!

    I found that students are storing files (Music & Games) in C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents - what is the best way of stopping this?

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    Re: File stash

    Do the students need to have access to the C: drive....

    If you could just hide the drive from then in AD and not allow them access to it.

    The other thing would be to protect all that is not needed by permissions.. and hide the folders and files they dont need access to

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    Re: File stash

    Also, to clear up what they've already put there. Delete the contents of that folder on machine startup.

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    Re: File stash

    Where is this Music and Game stuff coming from? There are copyright issues...

    As others say, deny access to the C:\ drive and delete contents of My Documents on start up.

    Make sure that the users are set up so that My Documents automatically maps to their Home Drive on the Server and not to the C:\drive of the PC they are using.

    Make sure AUP has Music downloads as "death penalty" offence!

    You might also want to check what download sites get through your firewall!

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    Re: File stash

    I have the following set:

    Policy Setting:
    Hide these specified drives in My Computer - Enabled - Restrict C drive only

    Which other settings could I set?

    Students dont need to have access to drive C, however applications are installed there and they need to be able to run them. I am fully aware of the copyright issues and the network file servers are clear of such materials.

    When login scripts run are they run with administrator level access?

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    Re: File stash

    You can block all access to C: and then open each program up that they need to run using a hash rule.

    Elsie - Copyright issues?! I think that's one of the reason stuart is looking to block access to it!

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    Re: File stash

    had a kid trying to play a copyed dvd of borat on one of our machines today, took it off him and snaped it in front of him. He of course kicked off and i asked him if he would like me to report him for handling copyed movies. He went very quiet

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    Re: File stash

    Any other comments on how I might stop this?
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    Re: File stash

    What about just setting file permissions on this folder to read-only for normal users. That's why they can't can store files in Program Files or Windows folders.

    If you have to give them elevated priviliges for any reason then you need something like DeepFreeze or Microsoft's Share Computer Toolkit

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    Re: File stash

    No, they are a member of Domain Users/Users etc. Is there a not a GPO setting to disable all user documents or something?

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    Re: File stash

    Domain\Users are members of the local "Users" group.

    In any case you can also set the permissions explicitly for Domian\Users if you are connected to the network.

    You can set file/folders permissions in a GPO. Can't remember the exact path though.

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