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How to force all client computer to use an http proxy server?

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Hi Experts,
We have a SBS 2003 domain. We want to use a Web Content Filter product on another server, and automatically force all PC to go through that proxy, without having to go to each PC and configure it in Internet Options, and more than that, we don't want users to be able to change that setting and bypass the proxy.
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by:luv2smile
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Just use group policy to configure and lock down the proxy setting.
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by:Debsyl99
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Hi
You can do this using group policy. The following should get you started:
Group Policy - Internet Explorer Maintenance
http://www.computerperformance.co.uk/w2k3/gp/group_policy_internet_explorer.htm
Windows 2003 - Group Policy Overview
http://www.computerperformance.co.uk/w2k3/W2K3_group_policy.htm
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by:Debsyl99
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Great minds think alike - this page was blank like about 2 mins ago! Note to self - Browser refresh!
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by:luv2smile
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:)
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by:drotkopf
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I'm impressed!
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by:drotkopf
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luv2smile -

So in Small Business Server Lockout policy / User Configuration / Windows Settings / Connection / Proxy Settings, I enabled the proxy settings for our http proxy server.

And in Small Business Server Lockout policy / User Configuration / Administrative Templates / Intertet Explorer, I enabled the "Disable Changing Proxy Settings".

I'm still able to Open a new IE and change those settings.

What's next?
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by:myth0z
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Hi,

Wich policy have you modified ?
If you created a new policy and with the settings you posted but there is also a Domain Group Policy applied the new policy inherits the settings from the Domain GPO


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by:luv2smile
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I'll ask the same question....how did you apply and create the policy?

Remember that the user objects must be in the OU that you created the policy for.

Or did you modify the default domain policy?

Or a local policy?

On a workstation, you can run gpresult.exe

This will show you what policies are being applied and ones that have been filtered out
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by:drotkopf
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I got this from gpresult.exe:

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The computer received "Security" settings from these GPOs:

        Local Group Policy
        Default Domain Policy
        Small Business Server Lockout Policy
        Small Business Server Domain Password Policy

As you can see from my previous entry, I did it on: Small Business Server Lockout policy / User Configuration

Where am I going wrong?

Thanks.
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by:myth0z
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I think Lockou Policy is for securing the server.

What you need is to modify Default Domail Policy (not suggested) or (the best way to do it) to create a new Group Policy and make the changes you did. Then apply this policy to the users-computers you want.

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by:drotkopf
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Everything was in the right place.
I was "only" missing enabling the policy.
That was too obvious for you guys :-)
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