Keep MS autoupdates even when IE browsing disabled

Posted on 2006-05-12
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
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?
Question by:maharlika

    Accepted Solution

    If you add a fake proxy of 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 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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    Assisted Solution

    Hi maharlika

    See this Microsoft article for details on configuring automatic updates:

    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.



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