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Group Policy Problems in Windows Server 2003


I have just set-up a new domain for a local school, but I have got a few problems that I need to overcome.

Firstly, is there any way that I can set in the policy, the default homepage, and connection method for Internet Explorer, or have I got to log on as every individual and set it in the profile?

Secondly, is there any way that I can tell the Windows XP machines to display My Computer and IE by default?

Many Thanks
Matt Leach
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For Windows 2000 and higher clients, you can use Group policies to apply these settings.

For example, you can set IE settings here in a group policy:

User configuration | Windows Settings | Internet Explorer Maintence | connection | proxy setting

Also, in a group policy, you can set the My computer and IE settings...

Go into GPO, and look in this area:

User configuration | Windows Settings | Administrative Templates | desktop |

Hide Internet Exploere Icon on Desktop (DISABLE)  
Remove MY COMPUTEr ICON on the Desktop (DISABLE)

There is a whole bunch of settings that you can set in this area....good luck

Also, please create a new group policy instead of modifying the defualt GPO....this way if you make mistakes you don't mess up the original...

leachus2002Author Commented:
Thanks for the prompt reply.

The one for the proxy settings is great, but the Desktop one doesn't work.  Because the icons are hidden by default
leachus2002Author Commented:
Sorry peeps, I have another question.

I am using some Windows 98 clients on the network because they are older spec machines.  There is just 1 problem....whenever I log onto the machine, I find that it asks me for my password twice and that I have got no shares when I log-in.

Any ideas?


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