Disabling Access to Network Resources Using System Policies

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The default user icon in System Policy Editor lets you hide networkresources in Network Neighborhood or even completely hide the NetworkNeighborhood itself (Default User\Shell\Restrictions\Hide NetworkNeighborhood).

However, users can still browse network resources from Windows Explorer andMy Computer using the Map Network Drive icon in addition to the NET VIEWand NET USE commands issued from the command prompt.
In My Computer, select the "Hide drives in My Computer" check box underDefault User\Shell\Restrictions\Hide Drives. Although the Map Network Drivebutton continues to show a list of servers, logical network drives are notvisible in Windows Explorer, My Computer, or at the MS-DOS prompt.

Attempts to establish new logical drive connections from the command promptappear to work. A NET USE to a network resource completes with the message"Command completed successfully." Attempts to access the resource, however,fail with an error message: "The device is not ready."
Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Windows NT version 4.0. Weare researching this problem and will post new information here in theMicrosoft Knowledge Base as it becomes available.

Article ID: 156698 - Last Review: 10/26/2013 09:49:00 - Revision: 2.0

Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition, Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition

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