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Where in the registry is the value for Proxy settings?

Posted on 2004-09-09
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Scenario:  NT4 domain with 2k/xp desktops

I have came across the settings in the registry for the proxy server settings.  However, I need to know a  few things.

The settings I found were per user.  I found the setting to make it per machine (see links below).  My initial tests proved that the settings to make it per machine failed on 2k / xp after a reboot.  Does anyone know the settings to make the proxy settings per machine, not user?

http://www.winguides.com/registry/display.php/292/
http://www.winguides.com/registry/display.php/1147/

One thing this information didn't do was to disable the "automatically detect settings" option in the connection settings.  Where in the registry is it?  Can this be done PER MACHINE?


The reason I need it per machine is that I have a number of RESTRICTED users.  I am unable to run as an admin since that would affect the admin's settings since I am trying to change the CURRENT_USER.  Is there a way to merge the registry into the CURRENT_USER when the user is restricted?

Thanks!

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Question by:dinodod
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If you change the proxy settings to "Per Computer", you need to create the according keys manually in "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings".
You can use an NT4 system policy to change the proxy settings for your users. Import this template into poledit, and configure the settings for your user group.

Guide to MS Windows NT 4.0 Profiles and Policies
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winntas/maintain/prof_pol.mspx

Group Policies for Windows 2000 Professional Clients in Windows NT 4.0 Domain or Workgroups
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=274478

====8<----[proxy.adm]----
CLASS USER

CATEGORY !!AdditionalSettings

  CATEGORY !!InternetExplorer

    POLICY !!ProxyConnect
      KEYNAME "Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings"

      PART !!ProxyEnable CHECKBOX
        VALUENAME "ProxyEnable"
      END PART

      PART !!ProxyServer TEXT END PART
      PART !!ProxyString TEXT END PART
      PART " " EDITTEXT REQUIRED
        VALUENAME "ProxyServer"
      END PART

      PART !!ProxyOverride TEXT END PART
      PART " " EDITTEXT REQUIRED
        VALUENAME "ProxyOverride"
        DEFAULT "<local>"
      END PART

    END POLICY ; ProxyConnect

  END CATEGORY ; InternetExplorer

END CATEGORY

[strings]
AdditionalSettings=Additional Settings
InternetExplorer=Internet Explorer
ProxyConnect=Set Proxy Server
ProxyEnable=Enable Proxy Server
ProxyServer=Proxy Server (Format: protocol=proxy:port;...):
ProxyString=(Example: ftp=proxy.domain.com:80;http=proxy.domain.com:80)
ProxyOverride=Proxy Override (use ";" to separate entries):
====8<----[proxy.adm]----
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by:dinodod
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Thank you for the information.  I wasn't aware that you were going to give me a .adm file.  I have never used such files before.  However, I need to inform you that we are a NT4 domain with 2k/xp and a few NT4 systems.  Several 2k/xp PCs have a local GPO specific to their area already installed which makes modifying them a very difficult & time consuming procedure.  **Insert comment about why we don't have AD yet here **

Anyways, I googled a bit but to no avail. (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&q=policy+.adm+xp&btnG=Search 7  & http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&q=creating+.adm+xp&btnG=Search)

Can you tell me how I can create & use .adm files (if there is a site I can read, pease tell me!)?  Also, will .adm files overwrite custom LGPOs already in place?  From the various sites, I am thinking it modifies the GPO in place but I do not know if it replaces or modifies it.


Thanks!

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If you have an NT4 domain, your clients will still process the NTConfig.pol file in the netlogon share. If you only configure the proxy settings in the policy, this won't interfere with the local policies.
Just be aware that the NT4 system policies will not "go away" when you set a once configured policy back to "not configured", it will keep the last setting (until changed).
You can start here:

Guide to MS Windows NT 4.0 Profiles and Policies
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winntas/maintain/prof_pol.mspx

Group Policies for Windows 2000 Professional Clients in Windows NT 4.0 Domain or Workgroups
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=274478
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