Disabling network configuration settings using Group Policy

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 8 May 2007 / Last Updated on 8 May 2007]

How to disable network configuration settings using Group Policy

Ever wanted to do any of the following using Group Policy?

Disable File and Print Sharing for Microsoft Networks
Disable Client for Microsoft Networks
Disable NetBIOS over TCPIP

Well, you can’t do it using normal Group Policy settings, but you can do it as follows: Create a batch file that contains netsh.exe commands to perform the network configuration actions you want to perform, then use Group Policy to deploy this batch file to client machines as a startup script.


Mitch Tulloch was the lead author for the Windows Vista Resource Kit from Microsoft Press, which is THE book for IT pros who want to deploy, maintain and support Windows Vista in mid- and large-sized network environments. For more about Mitch, visit his website www.mtit.com

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The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a well-known expert on Windows Server administration and cloud computing technologies. He has published over a thousand articles on information technology topics and has written, contributed to or been series editor for over 50 books.

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