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IE Settings GPO

I'm curious as to which is the best route to take for IE settings in an enterprise environment.

We curently have IE settings in one GPO that contain both user and computer settings. The user settings contain the trusted sites (www.blah.com) exc via IE Maintenance.

Is it not best practice to use IE Maintenance for these types of IE settings or is the trusted sites exc better off being migrated to the computer side?  Any caveats or things I should know? Not looking forward to any surprises later down the road.

Thanks guys/girls :)
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AwinishCommented:
There is nothing called best settings,it always depends on the requirement.
If you want to apply the restricted setting to no of user its better to configure in user configuration.
If you have Karox machine & you want policy to apply independent of who logs into the system,compute configration in GPO has to be configured.
If you want similar policy to apply on system independent of user who is having high privilege account,loop back policy is the answer.
 
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snyderkvAuthor Commented:
Can you explain the loopback policy option a little better? Currently with my computer based settings, not even Domain Admins can change settings. That can get kinda frusterating. Without GPO filtering would loopback processing fix this?
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Henrik JohanssonSystems engineerCommented:
Loopback processing mentioned is used to let user configuration settings applied when linking GPO to OU containing computer objects instead of user objects. It's primary used for restricting special computers like kiosk computers or terminal servers that is special compared to user's normal client computers.

To get rid of the problem of domain admins affected by the GPO, either link the GPO containing user configuration settings to OU-structure that doesn't contain the admin users or configure security filteirng on the GPO to restrict what users are allowed/denied the permission to apply the policy.
 The default permissions on GPOs are to allow 'Authenticated Users' group including both computers and users to allow applying the policy.
To make it easier to handle permissions on GPOs, separate user and computer configuration settings into separate GPOs.
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snyderkvAuthor Commented:
Cool thanks, I want to note that we have loopback processing turned off for a reason. What effect does this have in the situation you described?
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Henrik JohanssonSystems engineerCommented:
Loopback processing configuration doesn't matter when having computer configuration settings configured.
Disabling loopback processing makes it necessary for GPOs with user configuration settings to be linked to OU-structure containing user objects.
Enabling loopback processing will make it possibly to link GPO with user configuration settings to OU-structure containing computer objects. Using merge method, it loads user-GPOs linked to both user-OU and computer-OU and let computer-OU's GPO override if there's a conflict. If using replace method, it will ignore the GPO linked to user-OU.
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