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Activating and deactivating USB ports

Is there a way to activate or de-activate the USB ports in Win2k or WinXP with a GPO?
There is no direct way to do this in a GPO, but it may be possible to do this by using the command-line DevCon utility, which allows for command-line device manipulation. See this Microsoft article for further details on this tool.
This was last published in October 2003

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