Our comapny operates a locked down image for their pc's including USB ports disabled as standard, but they have just entered into an agreement with a major phone company to supply new phones. One feature of these phones will allow users to synchronize calender items etc to their phone (like the PDA's) But to do this we need to enable the USB ports on selected users pc's.

Its one thing to package and deliver the software but is their any way of enabling USB ports via a script (kix, vbs, batch or alternatives?) we have around 800 pc's to deal with individually otherwise out of a population of 3000

Your thoughts gratefully received.
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Check out the Microsoft utility called DEVCON. I've found a good page with some examples on it at http://www.robvanderwoude.com/index.html
Answered 07/20/2005 by: brenthunter2005
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I don't know how you disabled your workstations USB Ports. It is possible that the answer of your question depends on the method used to disable them. If you disabled them by deny access on a dll, you have to reverse that action. If you stopped a service (USBStor) you have to start it again.
If you are using a Windows Domain with ADS you can probably use ADS to help you to reach those machines whitch have to be enabled again through applying the ADS policy (GPO) to a group witch contains all machines that have to have the USB enabled again.
So try to determine how it is disabled (reverse that to enable it again) and use groups to apply this explicit to those machines needed.
Answered 07/20/2005 by: dwight66
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There are many ways to disable USB ports. We'll need to start with how they are disabled.
Answered 07/20/2005 by: VikingLoki
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