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Group Policy Proxy Setting by Machine

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Hello,

I am having some issues with a group policy to control the proxy configuration.  I need the settings to be applied to the computer, and not to the user.  I enabled "Make proxy settings per-machine (rather than per-user)" but could not find where I was suposed to configure the proxy address and port info.  I figured that the entries just needed to be created under HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings, but creating the ProxyServer, ProxyOverride, and setting EnableProcy did not appear to do anything.

I have confirmed that the policy is being applied successfully, and have forced it, rebooted the test machine several times, and it still does not appear to be working.

Where does the "Make proxy settings per-machine (rather than per-user)" object retrieve its settings?

Is there any other way to accomplish this outside of loopback processing?

Thank you for any assistance.
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Update.  The test machine I am working with is Windows Server 2008 r2.  The policy is aparently working for "Internet Explorer (64-bit)", but not "Internet Explorer".  Anyone know how to get both?
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Use Group Policy Preferences.  It's in User configuration/preferences/control panel settings/Internet Settings.  Here you can select either IE 5, 6 or 7 (if its 8, you're SOL for now).  Right click and select new.  Then set the Proxy settings in the same place you would in the internet options on the local machine.  You then need to link this GPO to an OU according the users you need to be affected, but you can target based on a myriad of options including computers.  Try that out.
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Keep in mind for XP clients, you'll need client side extensions installed and xml lite for Group Policy Preferences. You can search and download these from the internet, they are windows updates.
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Thanks Henry, unfortunately user preferences will not work in our situation.  This has to be applied at the machine level.  I found the issue to the problem here http://support.microsoft.com/kb/952031.  Group policy only affects the 64 bit version of IE on 64 bit OSes.  I will be splitting the policies into 32bit and 64bit with a WMI filter, and manually creating the additional 32bit keys on the 64 bit systems where applicable.
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