Disabling Ad hoc wireless network connection in Windows XP

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I have found in Group Policy that there is a policy called Turn off Microsoft
Peer-to-Peer Networking Services and is located under Computer
Configuration\Administrative Templates\Network\Microsoft Peer-to-Peer. I have
enabled this policy and applied to a test Windows XP SP2 machine. I have
found that on this test machine I can still create a new ad hoc wireless
network.

Does anyone know how I can prevent users from creating ad hoc networks? Or
why this policy is not working the way that i thought it would?
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.security_admin (More info?)

    It appears that this possible if you have Server 2003, and are enforcing group policies from there.

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/community/columns/cableguy/cg0703.mspx#EDAA

    The settings referenced don't appear to exist in GPEDIT in XP Pro SP2. It would appear that there is an ADM file that ships with server 2003 that doesn't ship with XP.

    --
    Doug Knox, MS-MVP Windows Media Center\Windows Powered Smart Display\Security
    Win 95/98/Me/XP Tweaks and Fixes
    http://www.dougknox.com
    --------------------------------
    Per user Group Policy Restrictions for XP Home and XP Pro
    http://www.dougknox.com/xp/utils/xp_securityconsole.htm
    --------------------------------
    Please reply only to the newsgroup so all may benefit.
    Unsolicited e-mail is not answered.

    "Ryan Lara" <Ryan Lara@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message news:7B996665-62F2-400E-8C50-DE96377959B7@microsoft.com...
    >I have found in Group Policy that there is a policy called Turn off Microsoft
    > Peer-to-Peer Networking Services and is located under Computer
    > Configuration\Administrative Templates\Network\Microsoft Peer-to-Peer. I have
    > enabled this policy and applied to a test Windows XP SP2 machine. I have
    > found that on this test machine I can still create a new ad hoc wireless
    > network.
    >
    > Does anyone know how I can prevent users from creating ad hoc networks? Or
    > why this policy is not working the way that i thought it would?
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.security_admin (More info?)

    Im on WIndows 2003 and I have enforced this policy on the client. Could it be
    that the client does not recognize the policy somehow and that is why the
    policy is not being enforced.

    The problem is this...Even though the Win XP sp2 machine has received the
    policy, it is still allowing ad hoc network connections.

    Any help is appreciated.

    "Doug Knox MS-MVP" wrote:

    > It appears that this possible if you have Server 2003, and are enforcing group policies from there.
    >
    > http://www.microsoft.com/technet/community/columns/cableguy/cg0703.mspx#EDAA
    >
    > The settings referenced don't appear to exist in GPEDIT in XP Pro SP2. It would appear that there is an ADM file that ships with server 2003 that doesn't ship with XP.
    >
    > --
    > Doug Knox, MS-MVP Windows Media Center\Windows Powered Smart Display\Security
    > Win 95/98/Me/XP Tweaks and Fixes
    > http://www.dougknox.com
    > --------------------------------
    > Per user Group Policy Restrictions for XP Home and XP Pro
    > http://www.dougknox.com/xp/utils/xp_securityconsole.htm
    > --------------------------------
    > Please reply only to the newsgroup so all may benefit.
    > Unsolicited e-mail is not answered.
    >
    > "Ryan Lara" <Ryan Lara@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message news:7B996665-62F2-400E-8C50-DE96377959B7@microsoft.com...
    > >I have found in Group Policy that there is a policy called Turn off Microsoft
    > > Peer-to-Peer Networking Services and is located under Computer
    > > Configuration\Administrative Templates\Network\Microsoft Peer-to-Peer. I have
    > > enabled this policy and applied to a test Windows XP SP2 machine. I have
    > > found that on this test machine I can still create a new ad hoc wireless
    > > network.
    > >
    > > Does anyone know how I can prevent users from creating ad hoc networks? Or
    > > why this policy is not working the way that i thought it would?
    >
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.security_admin (More info?)

    Without the ADM file to examine (I don't have Server 2003 here) I couldn't even begin to tell you where this policy is applied in the Registry.

    --
    Doug Knox, MS-MVP Windows Media Center\Windows Powered Smart Display\Security
    Win 95/98/Me/XP Tweaks and Fixes
    http://www.dougknox.com
    --------------------------------
    Per user Group Policy Restrictions for XP Home and XP Pro
    http://www.dougknox.com/xp/utils/xp_securityconsole.htm
    --------------------------------
    Please reply only to the newsgroup so all may benefit.
    Unsolicited e-mail is not answered.

    "Ryan Lara" <RyanLara@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message news:6B544100-2C04-4398-A69F-627BA34FD8AE@microsoft.com...
    > Im on WIndows 2003 and I have enforced this policy on the client. Could it be
    > that the client does not recognize the policy somehow and that is why the
    > policy is not being enforced.
    >
    > The problem is this...Even though the Win XP sp2 machine has received the
    > policy, it is still allowing ad hoc network connections.
    >
    > Any help is appreciated.
    >
    > "Doug Knox MS-MVP" wrote:
    >
    >> It appears that this possible if you have Server 2003, and are enforcing group policies from there.
    >>
    >> http://www.microsoft.com/technet/community/columns/cableguy/cg0703.mspx#EDAA
    >>
    >> The settings referenced don't appear to exist in GPEDIT in XP Pro SP2. It would appear that there is an ADM file that ships with server 2003 that doesn't ship with XP.
    >>
    >> --
    >> Doug Knox, MS-MVP Windows Media Center\Windows Powered Smart Display\Security
    >> Win 95/98/Me/XP Tweaks and Fixes
    >> http://www.dougknox.com
    >> --------------------------------
    >> Per user Group Policy Restrictions for XP Home and XP Pro
    >> http://www.dougknox.com/xp/utils/xp_securityconsole.htm
    >> --------------------------------
    >> Please reply only to the newsgroup so all may benefit.
    >> Unsolicited e-mail is not answered.
    >>
    >> "Ryan Lara" <Ryan Lara@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message news:7B996665-62F2-400E-8C50-DE96377959B7@microsoft.com...
    >> >I have found in Group Policy that there is a policy called Turn off Microsoft
    >> > Peer-to-Peer Networking Services and is located under Computer
    >> > Configuration\Administrative Templates\Network\Microsoft Peer-to-Peer. I have
    >> > enabled this policy and applied to a test Windows XP SP2 machine. I have
    >> > found that on this test machine I can still create a new ad hoc wireless
    >> > network.
    >> >
    >> > Does anyone know how I can prevent users from creating ad hoc networks? Or
    >> > why this policy is not working the way that i thought it would?
    >>
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