Group Policy Problems in Windows Server 2003

Posted on 2005-04-08
Last Modified: 2010-04-18

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
Question by:leachus2002
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    Accepted Solution

    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

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    Expert Comment

    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...


    Author Comment

    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

    Author Comment

    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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