How to Hide Drives using Group Policy in Windows Server 2012 R2

How to Hide Drives using Group Policy in Windows Server 2012 R2

How to hide drives using Group Policies is very important requirement coming from many Organizations who wants their environment to be more secured. In older posts, we talked about the steps of disabling USB drive using Group policy in Windows Server 2012, how to deploy software using Group policy, how to restrict software using GPO, etc. In this post, we’ll run you through the step by step guide to hide drives using Group policy in Windows Server 2012 R2.

Steps to Hide Drives using Group Policy

1. In the below screen shot, you can see drives A; (Floppy Disk), C: & E: (Hard Drives), D: (DVD Drive) is visible. In this practical, we’ll show you step by step guide to hide C: drive of this server.

How to Hide Drives using Group Policy in Windows Server 2012 R2 (1)

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4 thoughts on “How to Hide Drives using Group Policy in Windows Server 2012 R2

  • August 26, 2016 at 7:49 pm
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    Did this exact thing, and added the Prevent Access rule as well. For some reason it is not being applied at all. I am still able to go into the drive as the restricted user and view all contents. I have this policy set to filter to a single user, and that user is in an OU by itself with the policy applied to it. I also have the policy applied to another OU that the server 2012 R2 system I am trying to lock down resides in.

    Any suggestions?

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    • August 26, 2016 at 9:51 pm
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      Nevermind, looks like it was a replication issue. I do have a followup question though. The purpose of this is to create a terminal services server that hosts a file share link without displaying the terminal services server’s drives as well. So I want the users to be able to see their own drive, and the target fileshare, but not the C: on the TS server. The only way I can think to do this is to have the policy applied only to the computer, but its a user policy, so I’m not sure this will work. Can I apply this to an OU with the target machine in it, so that anyone who logs into that machine can’t see the drives, but they can if they log into any other machine?

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  • November 27, 2016 at 7:19 am
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    Thanks for putting all these steps and make this article. It really helped me in hiding drives using Group Policy. Appreciate your efforts.

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  • November 29, 2016 at 11:30 pm
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    Thanks for nice article. It really helped me in hiding drives using Group Policy. Can I also hide drives on my home Computer that is not part of the Domain?

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