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Is it possible to set the file size for Temporary Internet File folders on clients using a group policy??

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We are trying to limit the size of Temporary Internet file folders on individuaal workstations.  We also want to set the history to 1 day.  I can find the setting to disable the ability to change these settings but I cannot find a method to set the size for the folder and days of history to retain.  Is it possible to set these two items using a Group Policy in Windows 2000?  If so, how
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You can configure a "preference mode" setting in Group Policy to change the default Temporary Internet Files size, and combine that with the policy to disable modification of those settings. To change the size:

- Edit the Group Policy Object you want to contain this configuration.
- Browse to User Configuration -> Windows Settings -> Internet Explorer Maintenance.
- Right click on Internet Explorer Maintenance, and select Preference Mode.
- A new subfolder in Internet Explorer Maintenance will appear, called Advanced.
- Within Advanced are options to change the Temporary Internet Files settings.

As to the number of days to keep page history, I don't believe I've ever seen an option to set that in the Group Policy / IEAK. You can push these settings out via a registry editing script, and then use Group Policy to prevent users from changing the options in the Internet Control Panel.

For reference, these settings are stored in [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\URL History]. The value name for the number of days setting is called "DaysToKeep", should be a REG_DWORD value (although the same value exists in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE as a REG_BINARY - I do not know why that is).

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Thank you for your response.  It worked great.
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No problem at all :)
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