Another cool tip from Kevin Royalty – a little group policy to make accessing the harddrives in Vista and Win7 easier to do:
The source of this tip started here: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/enable-mapping-to-hostnamec-share-on-windows-vista/
In an SBS 2008 environment, I need to access the hard drive of client computers from the server occasionally for support purposes. So, I took the info above and turned it into a GPO (Group Policy Object) that would apply to only Vista/7 systems. Here is how I did it:
Log into your SBS 2008 Server, and go to start…administrative tools…Group Policy Management
Open up your Forest, then Domains, then your internal.local domain. Locate the “Group Policy Objects” folder and open that, then right-click on “windows SBS Client – Windows Vista Policy” and select “edit”.
You should now be looking at the GPO. Open up Computer Configuration, Preferences, Windows Settings and click on Registry. We’re going to create a registry entry that will be dropped onto all the vista/7 computers only in this domain. Right-click in the window to the right and select “new > registry item”. Match the following:
Key Path: SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
Value Name: LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy
Value Type: REG_DWORD
Value data: 1
Click OK and you should see your new registry entry on the right side of the editor. Close the editor and within a few minutes your registry entry should be pushed out to the vista/7 workstations and you should be able to get to them with start…run \\computername\c$ as long as you have the necessary other services running on the workstation and the ports opened in the firewall on that PC as well.