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IE6 Proxy Server Settings Will Not Save

Posted on 2004-08-19
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Last Modified: 2008-01-16
I am currently deploying PCs running Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 1, running Microsoft Internet Explorer 6, Service Pack 2 (6.0.2800.1106.xpsp2.030422-1633, to be exact).  Users are being set up with local profiles.  I am manually configuring Proxy settings to our Proxy, 10.18.x.x:8080, selecting Use a Proxy Server..... and Bypass Proxy...... check boxes.  When users logoff/log back on, the settings disappear.  I manually configured the settings in the registry (HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Internet Settings) with the following values:  ProxyServer: 10.18.x.x:8080, ProxyOverride <local>, ProxyEnable 1. When applied, these settings hold, until users logoff, log back in.  Use HTTP 1.1 set in advanced settings, both check boxes.  Any help would be appreciated.
Question by:thumper666
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by:Pete Long
ID: 11846489
Have you tried setting it in Group policy?

On a domain controller open "Active directory Users and computers"

NOTE: As said above you can apply a GP to an OU in this instance we will deal with a domain GP, if you are concerned with a GP for an OU insert the "OU name" instead of the "Domain Name"

1. Locate the domain (top of the Tree) and right click it, then select "Properties"
2. Select the group policy Tab.
3. You will see the Default domain policy (and any other policies applied at this level)
4. You can create another domain policy by clicking "New" giving it a name and configuring it"
5. Ensure the default domain policy is highlighted and select "Edit" (unless you are working on another policy)
6. The Group policy object editor will open.
7. You can now edit the policy and close the editor when you are finished.
8. Back in the domain properties click "apply" and "OK"

Troubleshooting Group Policy in Windows Server 2003

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Set Proxy Server: user configuration >windows settings >internet explorer maintenance >connection >proxy settings
    NOTE Proxy IP can be set in DHCP options also (See option 252 on the scope)


this can also be set in LOCAL polict Start >Run >gpedit.msc {enter}

policy is in the same place as above :)

Author Comment

ID: 11855917
I'm not running Active Directory on any of our servers/workstations.  Profiles are local.  They do not roam.  Applied the policy setting, per your instructions.  I was able to apply, but the settings went away once I logged off/logged back in.  

I noticed the proxy settings stayed at first, but once a .exe file called NET.exe ran, the settings were removed.  I'm assuming there's a setting in the NET.exe which is clearing these settings.  How can I modify this .exe, or, would it be safe to remove from starting on reboot?
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Accepted Solution

Pete Long earned 750 total points
ID: 11858483
Open Windows Explorer window. Click Tools -> Folder Options -> View tab -> uncheck Automatically search for network folders and printers.
Start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> Network Connections -> right-click Local Area Connection -> drop everything except Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and Client for Microsoft Networks. Note: Add File and Printer Sharing later if you need it.

Unsure why net.exe it causing you problems, its a standard DOS command
The NET command


Author Comment

ID: 11871775

My bad.  I neglected to query our account administrator at our office.  When I did, I found out that certain accounts were running a login script.  One of the purposes of this script was to wipe out any internet proxy settings.  None of the commands are needed.  I removed the login script, logged in a couple of users, made the changes, logged off, back in.  The settings held.

Thanks for your help.  I was just concentrating too much on the PCs as culprits!
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by:Pete Long
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:) ThanQ  -glad you got it sorted

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