Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Hiding Server 2008 R2 Favourites and Libraries in Windows Explorer


Server 2008 R2 does not provide a gpo to do this but you can modify registry key to hide them. You can do this via Preferences in gpo but you need to allow the Administrators to have full control of the ShellFolder keys on the server before it will run.


Please backup your registry prior to making edits as mistakes can cause you machine to stop working.

Favorites, the key is: 


HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{323CA680-C24D-4099-B94D-446DD2D7249E}\ShellFolder

Change the Attributes value from a0900100 to a9400100 will hide Favorites from Navigation Pane.

For Libraries, the key is:


HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{031E4825-7B94-4dc3-B131-E946B44C8DD5}\ShellFolder

Change the Attributes value from b080010d to b090010d will hide Libraries from Navigation Pane.