I recently setup Group Policy on a Windows Server 2008 R2 server hosting RemoteApps.  This really was quite a process of trial and error.  When it came to the Network Places icon removal, this was the toughest.  There is no specific GP item for this.  The way I ended up doing this was by creating my own GP item as outlined below.

 

  • First, open up Notepad on the server and copy the text between the === signs, then paste it into Notepad..  Then save the file as a *.adm file.  The name is unimportant and will not be used as part of your new GP item. 

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CLASS User

CATEGORY !!Custom

CATEGORY !!ExplorerExtras

POLICY !!HideNetworkInExplorer
KEYNAME "SOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesNonEnum"
EXPLAIN !!HideNetworkInExplorer_Help
VALUENAME "{F02C1A0D-BE21-4350-88B0-7367FC96EF3C}"
VALUEON NUMERIC 1
VALUEOFF NUMERIC 0
END POLICY

END CATEGORY

END CATEGORY

[strings]
Custom="Custom Policies"
ExplorerExtras="Windows Explorer Extra’s"
HideNetworkInExplorer="Hide the Network Icon in Explorer 2008/Vista/Windows 7"
HideNetworkInExplorer_Help="Enable this to hide the netowrk icon, disable or unconfigure to show the network icon."

 

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Now perform the following:

  1. On the Active Directory server, open up group policy management

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  1. Now edit the appropriate GP, then expand user Configuration > Policies
  2. Right click Administrative templates and click Add/remove templates.

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  • In the Add/Remove Templates dialog box, Select Add button

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  • Now browse to the .adm file you created earlier, select it, then click the Open button

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  • Once added, the resulting Group Policy Management Editor dialog box should show your newly added GP item.

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As you can see the Network Places icon is no longer in Windows Explorer.  I left the Computer icon there so users could browse to their local desktop to copy files to the RemoteApp server.

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