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Keeping the punters under control.

By triggertech ·
I have landed a new job. I am fairly compu-savvy but..part of the deal is that I am being given a 12 Workstation network to manage. It is a cyber cafe type of thing. There is no Cafe Software but we are getting some. I want to turn off the ability of customers to install software readjust settings and mess with the network generally. I also want to keep this job. I realise that Windows has this ability that is simply beyond account users. I understand I can lock down certain things. This is what I want to do. I would really appreciate help so I can do my job properly.I have downloaded ork tools, am I on the right track? Help.

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by triggertech In reply to Keeping the punters under ...

We are using XP Home.

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by curlergirl In reply to Keeping the punters under ...

Assuming that you have Win2K or XP running on all your client machines, all you have to do is make sure that the user accounts that you give out to the cafe users are members of only the Users group on the workstations. This will automatically lock them out of any network-level settings and also prevent them from installing (or uninstalling) any software.

If you want to go even further than this, you can use group policies, either locally or domain-wide (if there is a domain), to lock out things like the Control Panel, etc.

Hope this helps!

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by curlergirl In reply to

The ORK (Office Resource Kit) won't really do you much good, but you should get the Windows resource kit tools, as they might come in handy.

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by ewgny In reply to Keeping the punters under ...

You also may want to consider purchasing deepfreeze by faronics
deepfreeze is a must have when dealing with public computers. Download the evaluation
It's a cheap and simple product to use.

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