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Published on 05.21.09 by Brent Trahan

Prohibit Connecting and Disconnecting a Remote Access Connection

Learn how to prohibit connecting and disconnecting a Remote Access connection in Windows 7.

If you enable this setting (and enable the “Enable Network Connections settings for Administrators” setting), double-clicking the icon has no effect, and the Connect and Disconnect menu items are disabled for all users (including administrators).

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 disable this setting or do not configure it, the Connect and Disconnect options for remote access connections are available to all users. Users can connect or disconnect a remote access connection by double-clicking the icon representing the connection, by right-clicking it, or by using the File menu.

Prohibit Connecting and Disconnecting a Remote Access Connection

  1. 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.

  2. Navigate to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Network, and then select Network Connections in the left column of the Group Policy editor.

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  3. Double-click Prohibit connecting and disconnecting a remote access connection on the Advanced menu in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.

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