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By zaferus ·
Within our organization we are having problems with users bringing in USB memory sticks. We are at a loss as to how to stop USB memory keys on our network without threatening productivity through authorized USB devices.

We were trying to find a way to stop "removable drives" from being able to activate thinking this may be the way to block it. But we haven't figured out how to do this.

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by Oz_Media In reply to Disable USB ports

Tech Republic posted this a while back:
http://techrepublic.com.com/5100-6255-5030674.html

Also if usig XP, look at the XP TWEAK site, it's got some neat reg edits and little goodies.
http://www.tweakxp.com

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by zaferus In reply to

Unfortunately disabling our USB ports will disable many devices currently in use legitimately. The solution we are looking for is a way to disable USB keys or any devices= that creates "removable drives" without affecting our current productivity...

I did a search on tweakxp.com for USB but did not see any articles pertaining to disabling USB devices.

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by TheChas In reply to Disable USB ports

If you check out the discussion from the article that Oz gave you the link too, you will find a few software options.

1 is:

http://techrepublic.com.com/5208-6247-0.html?forumID=12&threadID=116436&messageID=701146

Click on the "Print" button for the discussion, and you will load a page that has all comments listed at once.

Yes, physically blocking or fully disabling the USB ports is a drastic method.
The person who asked that question wanted to fully block a determined user from any ability to use a USB drive.

Chas

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by zaferus In reply to

USBSTOR.DLL looks like the key here. By restricting this from loading, through system policy we can keep everyone but administrators from utilizing USB storage devices. Perfect!

Thanks to everyone who participated in this discussion.

Zaf

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by w2ktechman In reply to Disable USB ports

I would suggest removing the drivers from XP. Many digital drives do not come with drivers (as they are built in to windows).
Also, to reinstall the drivers, the end users will need administrative privileges.

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by zaferus In reply to

Thanks for the answer, but Chas nailed this one for what we're looking for.

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by willcomp In reply to Disable USB ports

There was a similar question on 7/30/04. The questioner was concerned with USB devices and HIPPA (health care privacy act). One response regarding resticting drive letter assignments looked promising.

Search for HIPPA and look for Disabling USB Devices under Q&A posted on 7/30/04.

Dalton

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by zaferus In reply to

Thanks for the answer, but Chas nailed this one for what we're looking for.

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by zaferus In reply to Disable USB ports

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