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Location in Windows registry for .pac file

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I would like to create a .reg file to simply tell IE to use a .pac file and it's location. This is simple with group policy, but I cannot find where this is done in the windows registry. I need to make this setting on PCs that are not part of group policy at this time. Thanks for your help!!
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Hi hadcoadmin,
Here are some articles that show the registry location used in various situations.
Maybe this is what your looking for?

http://www.windowsdevcenter.com/pub/a/windows/2004/03/30/hosts.html?page=2

http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=116148
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Thanks for the info. However from those examples, I do not see where in the registry I can point to a .pac file that sits on a networked drive. Perhaps it is not possible to perform this the way I have imagined. What I think should happen is, a log-in script runs a .reg file that tells IE what .pac file to use and where (full unc path) it is located on the network drive.
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by:arnold
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Is this what you are looking for?
http://nscsysop.hypermart.net/setproxy.html
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by:hadcoadmin
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No, I have seen that link too. Maybe you cannot point to a pac file from the registry so let me throw out another option....
If I make this change in a local policy (which is quite easy), is there a way to push that change to users? For example, to apply directly to the registry, I ran "regedit /s whatever.reg" in a log-in script and everyone got the registry change. Is there a similar way to do this via a local policy settings? Setting a pac file is simple via local policy, but I don't know how to push the change to all users easily. Those on AD have gotten this setting via Group Policy without any issue...I just have a large group NOT on AD yet.
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I've uploaded a photo of what I am trying to do. Is there a place in the registry I can set this EXACT section?
pac.jpg
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by:arnold
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You can remotely manipulate the local group policy on the other computers.
Accessing the registry or local policy object will require access to every system.

Have you looked at using DHCP and DNS to advertise the defined proxy data?
http://www.grape-info.com/doc/win2000srv/internet-gw/wpad/index.html
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I thank you all for your suggestions but I ended up going into the registry and simply searching until I found the key that applied a .PAC file. It was very time consuming, but I did find it.
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