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USB flash drives with Windows 2003 GPO

By rexydog ·
We have a set of policies in place that limit what our student users can do on a workstation (workstations are mostly XP, with a few w2k). Now that many students are using portable USB storage devices instead of floppy disks, we're seeing errors when they try to eject the devices. What do I need to set in our GPO that will allow students to install these devices (if necessary) and to safely eject them without errors?

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by BFilmFan In reply to USB flash drives with Win ...

Unfortunately that isn't going to be an easy task.

See this article for a way to create a GPO to do this:

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by sgt_shultz In reply to USB flash drives with Win ...

as you know, you'll get errors on usb hard drives if you do not save and close the file you are editing on the drive before ejecting it. i wonder if this is what is happening. is it possible to educate the users to close Word or whatever before ejecting the media?

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by rexydog In reply to USB flash drives with Win ...

Our users are closing everything and still getting the errors. I'd hate to have a bunch of flash drives to unscramble...

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security policy, local policies, security options.

Devices: Allowed to format and eject removable media. change the value to meet your needs.

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