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Hi I have just rolled out a web proxy (running on a windows 2003 server with ISA 2006) in a windows 2003 domain to all some XP and Vista client PCs using group policy.
I want to stop users from removing the proxy details from Internet Explorer as there are a few users who are bypassing the filter by disabling the web proxy.
Also I need to roll the proxy settings to firefox and again I want to lock down the settings so no one can remove the proxy settings.
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Set the proxy and other details in group policy in User Configuration --> Windows Settings -->
Internet Explorer Maintenance --> Connection --> proxy settings
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I have already done this but users can still go in and remove the proxy server and browse freely until the group policy updates again. I really want to remove the ability to change the proxy settings for end users.
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Sorry my Brain must not be functioning today, found the setting in group policy:

User --> administive templates --> Internet Explorer --> 'Disable changing proxy settings'

Still would like to do the same for firefox if anyone has and suggestions??
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If these are set with a group policy then the uses should not be able to change them?ive
However consider disabling the use of the internet explorer settings options altogether - User Configuration-> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components ->Internet Explorer ->Internet Control Panel and disable the connections page
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You can get an add-in adm template for firefox, see http://sourceforge.net/projects/firefoxadm
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Cheers KCTS that worked a treat!
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by:Keith Alabaster
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Beware this route though if you have laptop users who go out of the office with their computers. Now you have locked down their Internet settings they will not be able to untick the proxy settings if they need to vpn in from their home locations or from anywhere else outside of your network or use external wireless networks for internet access.

Keith
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