AJ-VENNING

Hi everyone, need a bit of info. Here the situation:

Client has a 50 PC network, wants to remove access to C: drive but wants to make the networked "Shared (D:)" drive appear as a local drive (i.e not using "map network drive" function).

Does anyone know how I can achieve this I have seen it done before.

Regards and merry christmas to you all!

AJ



Re: Windows Forms General Make a networked drive appear local?

Peter Ritchie

Mapping a newtwork drive is the only way to do that... How can the computer boot/run if the user doesn't have access to the local drive




Re: Windows Forms General Make a networked drive appear local?

AJ-VENNING

I dont mean physically removing the drive, I mean not showing it in my computer.



Re: Windows Forms General Make a networked drive appear local?

JRQ

I know one of the requirements is for the BIOS to support "Boot From LAN" or a software that allows you to emulate a CD-Rom which is actually pointed to a network location. I think my former college library used a software that sounded like "Vanguard" to limit the access to the C drive, and a Novell based server for networking and boot management.  It allowed all the PCs to be reset to "virgin" state just by a reboot.



Re: Windows Forms General Make a networked drive appear local?

James Knowles

I don't think making C invisible is the answer, someone always finds away around that ;-) . Just close it down with permissions, and do a combo of couple things.

1) Make there My documents a network drive.

2) Train your users to use the network drive.

3) Enforce a policy against users who try to break policy.

4) Make it simple for users to follow policy by providing training and making useful links on there desktop.

Making the drive not visible in windows simple is not an option and to be honest shows a lack of policy and investment in your users.(sorry to blunt) I have worked with a couple clients who have hacked this type of policy togther and they all completely fail and they leave the systems and network in a complete mess and vunerable to smart users.

James






Re: Windows Forms General Make a networked drive appear local?

ahmedilyas

sorry, is this software development related




Re: Windows Forms General Make a networked drive appear local?

Peter Ritchie

AJ-VENNING wrote:
I dont mean physically removing the drive, I mean not showing it in my computer.
Ahh, during the deployment of your application, if you just want to hide it you can use one of the Windows "lock down" or "kiosk" registry entries: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\NoDrives. Creating this Binary entry and assigning a value of 04 00 00 00 will "hide" drive C from "My Computer".

see http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555438 for more details.