Preventing users from using Active Desktop to access the Internet
I have tried to lock down Windows 2000 Pro to prevent users from accessing the Internet. I recently discovered that by utilizing Active Desktop, users can access the Internet. How do I prevent active desktop from being used in this manner?
Use a Group Policy to disable the Active Desktop. This will require first the disablement of the Active Desktop via the group policy and then another policy setting, which does not allow them to change the setting.
In group policy:
User Settings Administrative templates Desktop Active Desktop
ENABLE the policy Disable Active Desktop
This will disable the active desktop and prevent the users from enabling it.
Further you can
ENABLE prohibit changes
Which will disallow and other changes to the desktop.
This was first published in June 2004