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Keep MS autoupdates even when IE browsing disabled

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I need to disable internet browsing on several PCs on the network, but when I do, it also stops doing autoupdates from microsoft's web site.  How can I keep updating without allowing users to browse internet?
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Question by:maharlika
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If you add a fake proxy of 0.0.0.0 and disable users from changing the proxy, it will not let them get to any websites yet still allow Microsoft updates.

If your one a domain controller you can apply a group policy to add these settings to the client PCs:

On your domain controller, right-click the organizational unit that contains your domain users, and select Properties.
On the Group Policy tab, click Edit.
Expand User Configuration to set restrictions on a per-user basis.
Expand Windows Settings, and expand Internet Explorer Maintenance.
Select Connection, and double-click Proxy Settings.
Select the Enable Proxy Settings check box, add 0.0.0.0 to the HTTP entry, and click OK.
Expand Administrative Templates, and expand Windows Components.
Select Internet Explorer, and double-click Disable Changing Proxy Settings.
Select Enabled, and click OK.
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Hi maharlika

See this Microsoft article for details on configuring automatic updates:

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=900935

About two thirds of the way down the page are details for setting the proxy server via WPAD and the Proxycfg.exe tool - this tool just updates a registry key so this change would be easy to roll out via a logon script or group policy.

Using one of the above methods will ensure your automatic updates work even when you disable IE from browsing.

cheers

K
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