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#1 Makaiton

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Posted 01 November 2008 - 04:57 AM

I'm aware that I might possibly be posting in the wrong forum, but I think I may have hit the mark.

I'm looking for a trick or program that will allow me to password protect or disable public users from turning off the antivirus, changing rules for the firewall, and even block useage of the network printers. The computers in question are all running on Windows XP and are on a large network that allows just any old schmuck to walk in and modify running processes and print off whatever they'd like. The school I am in would also like to prevent the installation of new programs (we have issues with children coming in and installing games or adults downloading illicit software (malware packages included).

Being unfamiliar with the setup of the network, I'm looking for directions in understanding and being able to lock down on these particular actions. What should I know to do these things and how can I do them? I have an intermediate knowledge of XP and computers in general, but as I said, I'm not familiar with the network or networks in general.

Help will be forever appreciated.
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Posted 01 November 2008 - 06:01 AM

Windows Steady State is an option that's free: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/...ss/default.mspx

Beyond that, I'd suggest that you talk with the network administrators for further options.
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Posted 01 November 2008 - 06:41 AM

Thanks for the link, I truly appreciate it.

As far as the network admins go, I happy to be the most computer savy person in the facility, so that won't really be of much help. I'm honestly not even sure how they got their network set up in the first place.
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Posted 01 November 2008 - 08:25 AM

I'd then look around to the neighboring school districts to see if:
- they know a bit about your predecessors
- what they use to keep the network safe.

You can also probably get a lot of good advice in our Networking forum located here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/21/networking/
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Posted 01 November 2008 - 10:52 PM

Oh, the shame!

Some of the computers, if not all of them, have hard drives formatted in FAT32. This seems to be a problem with the Steady State. Apparently, I need to have the hard drives formatted as NFTS. Well...damn.

Is there any way around this, or should I start doing my research on networking?
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Posted 02 November 2008 - 05:36 AM

Using the convert command from the Command Prompt can convert the drives to NTFS.

First backup any data that's needed (in case convert.exe fails).
Then open up the Command Prompt by going to Start...Run...and type in "cmd.exe" (without the quotes) and press Enter>
Then the syntax for the command on the boot drive is "convert.exe c: /fs:ntfs" (without the quotes)
Then reboot the system and let the conversion begin.
More in this article: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb456984.aspx
and this one: http://www.ntfs.com/quest3.htm
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