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Preventing users from accessing the control panel or CMD

We have Windows 2000 Server running in workgroup. Can I make Group Policy for all users so they cannot access the control panel, run command and CMD?

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If your clients are only using a server in a workgroup, you cannot set up a GPO and expect users or computers to bend to your will. For this, they must be joined to a domain. However, you can, if you want, run around to each machine, and log on as the local administrator. Next, you can run GPEDIT.MSC and make the changes you want there -- locally. The downside, of course, is that when you're ready to make the changes back again, you'll have to, once again, make those changes locally.

This was first published in August 2004

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