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Proxy settings for all users in Windows 2000.

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How do you set the proxy address up on a Windows 2000 machine so that ALL users have it installed by default.

Right now if a new person logs on to a machine for the first time, they must manually set their proxy server address in internet explorer.  We have about 50 computers in a classroom environment and this becomes troublesome for the students.
 
I do not have control of the domain server so anything beyond what can be done with the local machine and administrator rights is not an option.

I've tried setting them up on the admin account and it didn't work.  I'm out of ideas at this point.
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by:YingAtt
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Not sure if this will help you or not, since I don't know how to automate it (short of finding the right registry hack) without setting up group policies.

If you -- can -- get access to the domain controller, or have your sysadmin do it, the easist and most efficient way is to set up a group policy.  If they are reluctant to do this, put all the classroom machines in a common OU and assign the group policy to that OU only.

It's very easy from a group policy perspective -- let me know if you want to try and I'll point you to the correct spot.

Good luck
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Thanks for the advice.
Group policy worked!  I did some diging and found the setting I needed.  Since I'm imaging the drives I only had to do it once.
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Good.  GP can be a useful tool...most of the time!
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If you can't use Group Policy, you can configure the proxy settings in the Administrator profile and then copy that profile to the Default User profile on the local machine, i.e. C:\Documents and Settings\Default User.  

This method works well for a small number of cloned workstations in a workgroup without a domain controller.
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