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Group Policy

I would like to set up a basic group policy to put IE in all my users start up folder and set thier home page to a predetermined site.  I am not familiair at all with Group Policy, is this something that can be done?  If so, is there a very basis tutorial out there somewhere that would help walk me through setting this up?

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Very possible. Download GPMC from http://www.microsift.com/downloads and install it on a Win2003 domain controller. It makes working with GPOs much, much easier.

Without looking, I think the settings you're after are in User Configuration, Administrative templates, Internet Explorer..... I'll check when I've got access to a domain.


To set the home page:

User Configuration/Windows Settings/Internet Explorer Maintenance/URLs/Important URLs/Customize Home Folder

To place IE in the startup folder you will probably need to go the logon script route.  I'm not aware of any policies that will allow this.
Adding something like the following to your logon script will test an IE shortcut in the startup folder and add it if not present


'Descr:  vbScript that tests for shortcut to Internet Explorer under
'        the start menu of the All Users profile and creates one
'        if not present

'Begin Script===============>

Dim wshShell, fs

Set wshShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")

Set fs = WScript.CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")

Sub MakeStartMenuShortcut( name, target )

    Dim Shortcut,StartMenuPath,StartupPath,ShortcutPath

    StartMenuPath = wshShell.SpecialFolders("AllUsersStartMenu")
    ShortcutPath = StartMenuPath & "\" & name & ".lnk"
    If Not fs.FileExists(ShortcutPath)
        Set Shortcut = wshShell.CreateShortcut(ShortcutPath)
        Shortcut.TargetPath = target
        StartupPath = fs.GetParentFolderName( target )

        If fs.FolderExists( StartupPath ) then
           Shortcut.WorkingDirectory = StartupPath
        End If
    End If

End Sub

MakeStartMenuShortcut "Internet Explorer", "%ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer\IExplore.exe"

'<==============End Script
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