Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista: Removable Storage and Group Policy

“I don’t want my users copying data to removable drives. How can I prevent this?” Removable drives are widespread. Current mobile devices can now store up to 8 GB of data on a micro-SD card, which is no bigger than your thumb nail. Eight gigabytes is a huge amount of data and it could be your […]

“I don’t want my users copying data to removable drives. How can I prevent this?” Removable drives are widespread. Current mobile devices can now store up to 8 GB of data on a micro-SD card, which is no bigger than your thumb nail. Eight gigabytes is a huge amount of data and it could be your company’s Intellectual Property (IP) going out the door. There is a need to protect your company’s sensitive information from being transferred to removable storage devices; Group Policy in Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista can help you.

You can control access to six removable storage categories (actually seven but the seventh category controls access to ALL removable storage devices). These categories include CD and DVD, Floppy Drives, Removable Disks, Tape Drives, and WPD devices.

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