Usb Storage Device Deny via Group Policy

Discussion in 'Server Security' started by Anklesh Chauhan, May 22, 2010.

  1. Dear sir/Madam,

    We are using Windows 2003 ent. server with vista and xp clients. For Deny
    usb storage device i have make a policy in server. In that policy i have
    download the USB_removable_drives_ADM file and add in gpo. than disable usb
    storage device. and apply this policy to computers. now all computers have no
    access to usb storage. but because of I wants give permit to some computer
    for access usb storage, I have create one OU and apply policy than create and
    security group make member all computer which i want to deny. but it is not
    working. When i move computers in this OU than working also.
    and in this case i can apply only one policy that computers.
    Please let me know how i can apply this policy without moving computer at
    another OU.


    Anklesh Chauhan
    Anklesh Chauhan, May 22, 2010
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  2. Hello Anklesh,

    GPOs can be applied to computers or users only, not to security groups. So
    create a second OU with the same GPOs wihtout USB restrictions and move the
    machine to it.

    Another option then can help but maybe need some reconfiguration of GPOs,
    is to use security filtering according to:

    Best regards

    Meinolf Weber
    Meinolf Weber [MVP-DS], May 22, 2010
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  3. Dear Meinolf,

    Thanks a lot for reply.

    I have got my solution in your answer.

    Anklesh Chauhan.
    Anklesh Chauhan, May 25, 2010
  4. Hi Anklesh,
    I?m not sure if you?re still looking for a solution to this issue, but if you are, I recommend downloading the free version of NetWrix USB Blocker. USB Blocker, which is available in freeware and commercial editions, relies on group policy mechanisms to enforce centralized access control of specified USB ports. With NetWrix USB Blocker, you can easily decide what computers to block and what computers not to block, and it will work well for Vista and EX clients. USB Blocker will start working after just a few clicks of the mouse, and I think you will enjoy the simplicity with which it works.

    I encourage you to download the NetWrix tool for free at

    Thanks and good luck Anklesh,
    Stephen Schimmel
    Product Manager
    NetWrix Corporation
    (201) 490-8840 Ext. 964

    Steve Schimmel, Jan 10, 2011
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