Active Directory Policies

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Hi All,

Is there any way of creating a policy on Active Directory to restrict users from saving files with specific extensions on their hard drives? For example i would like to restrict them from storing .mp3 files on their hard drives. Thanks.

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Probably, but why bother?

by AllanMitch In reply to Active Directory Policies

If the user has half a brain they could store the .mp3 with some other extension and then associate the new extension with the appropriate media player.

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Overestimating users

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Probably, but why bother?

You assume they have half a brain, know how to change a file extension, and how to change a file association. You've got sharper users than I do.

I'd rather have their .MP3s on their local hard drive than out on the network.

Now that all that is off my chest, remove Media Player, etc. so they don't have a way to play the files. That will stop things pretty quickly. Or add a line to the logon batch file to delete .MP3s recursively on the C: drive.

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is this a workplace or home.

by kpak44wh In reply to Active Directory Policies

Most business have policies about what you can block and
not block on the company computers. So be careful about
doing anything before checking with your administrator.
Many company employees use mp3 files for saving
conversations, and excerpts from meetings. If this is home, I
would buy them a usb zip drive, and have them download
their mp3s to that dir. Mp3 music is the rage with all the
teens now days, so just ride the tide.

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Written Policies

by Chicharelli In reply to is this a workplace or ho ...

If this is for a corporate enviroment I.E an office, you could create a Written Internet and email usage policy that includes a section regarding the download of certain files, then make an example of the first person you catch and terminate them/warn them etc.

its all about teaching your users, otherwise it gets very difficult being preventative all the time, you'll never win especialy if you have a small IT Department and big user base.

best of luck

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