Learn how to prohibit the ability to change properties of an all user remote access connection in Windows 7.
To create an all-user remote access connection, on the Connection Availability page in the New Connection Wizard, click the “For all users” option.
This setting determines whether the Properties menu item is enabled, and thus, whether the Remote Access Connection Properties dialog box is available to users.
If you enable this setting, a Properties menu item appears when any user right-clicks the icon for a remote access connection. Also, when any user selects the connection, Properties appears on the File menu.
If you disable this setting (and enable the “Enable Network Connections settings for Administrators” setting), the Properties menu items are disabled, and users (including administrators) cannot open the remote access connection properties dialog box.
Important: If the “Enable Network Connections settings for Administrators” is disabled or not configured, this setting will not apply to administrators on post-Windows 2000 computers.
If you do not configure this setting, only Administrators and Network Configuration Operators can change properties of all-user remote access connections.
Note: This setting takes precedence over settings that manipulate the availability of features inside the Remote Access Connection Properties dialog box. If this setting is disabled, nothing within the properties dialog box for a remote access connection will be available to users.
Note: This setting does not prevent users from using other programs, such as Internet Explorer, to bypass this setting.
Prohibit Ability to Change Properties of an All User Remote Access Connection
- Type gpedit.msc in the Start menu’s search box and then press Enter.
Note: This guide shows you how to make changes to Windows 7 using Group Policy. Group Policy is not available in Home versions of Windows 7.
- Navigate to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Network, and then select Network Connections in the left column of the Group Policy editor.
- Double-click Ability to change properties of an all user remote access connection on the Advanced menu in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
- Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.
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