Lockdown Thin Clients/Windows User Restrictions

Posted on 2007-10-11
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
How do I lock down thin client computers (running Windows XP) to access Internet Explorer and one website/web application only or one IP address for one user/user group?
Question by:garrethmcadam
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    Accepted Solution

    You can use automatic configuration scripts with Internet Explorer to provide a valid proxy (or lack of proxy) for sites that you want them to access and an invalid proxy for everything else.

    there are some examples and explanations here (

    Author Comment

    I really need to lock the machines down to a specific user login on windows
    for the other users i want them to have full access to all programs and websites

    So, if the desired user logs into windows with the specific username and password, i want them to see a desktop with an internet explorer icon that when they click on it all they see is the website/web app i want them to access. I do not want them to have access to any other programs
    is this easy to achive?
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    Expert Comment

    You can restrict applications by using group policy - are the thin clients Windows based that support group policy?
    If so, restricted applications and how to implement them are described here (

    Author Comment

    The machine needs two user logins - one with full access to all programs and websites the other with access to internet explorer and one website. They are not really thin client machines, they have full xp OS. I think that you are correct in that i need to use gp edit to configure this but i would need to familiarize myself with this windows manager tool and how to use it.

    Author Comment

    Hey Smilerz,
    is this the basic hierarchy of what i need
    >>>> Organizational Unit
    >>>>>>Computers in the OU
    >>>>>>>>Users on the machines
    and then gpedit for the users accounts

    Author Closing Comment

    The Solution was a catalyst to the answer
    Thank you

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