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I’ve been trying (unsuccessfully) to distribute a set of local Intranet web-addresses over group policy to all XP SP3 clients in my domain.  Basically the sites should be added locally to Internet Options, Security, Local Intranet, Sites, Advanced, Add.

I’ve achieved this (I believe) with the following instructions:

01. Log on as a member of the Domain Admins group.
02. Open the Active Directory Users and Computers MMC snap-in.
03. Right-click the domain or Organizational Unit where you want to create the GPO and press Properties.
04. Select the Group Policy tab.
05. Press New.
06. Type a name for the new GPO and press Enter.
07. To prevent the policy from being applied to some users or groups, press Properties. Select the Security tab. Add the user or group that you want to prevent from having this policy and clear the Read and the Apply Group Policy boxes in the Allow column. Press OK.
08. Press the Edit button.
09. Navigate through User Configuration / Windows Settings / Internet Explorer Maintenance / Security.
10. Right-click Security Zones and Content Ratings in the right-hand pane and press Properties.
11. Select Import the current security zones and privacy settings. If prompted, press Continue.
12. Press Modify Settings.
13. Select Trusted Sites and press the Sites button.
14. Type the full URL of the site you wish to add and press Add.
15. Press Close (or OK) and OK.
16. Press Close (or OK) until all dialog boxes are closed, and close any snap-in windows.
17. Allow sufficient time for the policy to propagate throughout the domain.

However I don’t see any change when I go into IE at the client end in terms of the listed address being added??
 
When I also made the group policy change I saw a message about Internet Explorer enhanced security Protection which I don’t understand in terms of the changes passing through to the XP client?  I.e. Do I need to make a security change directly on the client PC to push these changes through?

Thanks for your comments to come.
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Are the policies being applied to the client PCs but still the changes not reflecting? If you are not sure, run "gpupdate" followed by "gpresult" and/or rsop.msc on the client pc to get an idea of what is happening. if the policies are indeed applied, but the changes not reflecting, then you have not configured the GPO properly.

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It looks like I have not configured the GPO correctly.  

On a client when I run rsop.msc and browse to User config, Windows Setting, IE Maintenance, Security and Security Zones and Content Ratings, all options under Security Zones and Privacy are greyed out.  

I don't understand what I have done wrong.
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The OU that you have applied the GPO - does it contain users or computers?
Screenshots of the GPO settings will help.
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just to clarify, RSOP.MSC will just display the GPO settings applied on the client and will be only readonly. You will need to edit the GPO using GPMC.msc on the Domain Controller.
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Just to confirm I have applied the GPO setting to the default group policy as I believe this will apply it to all.  

See attachments as requested.
GPO-Management.doc
GPO-Editor.doc
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ahh...the fine print says "these settings will only apply when they log onto computers that have the internet explorer enhanced security configuration enabled."

Your Client PCs may not have IEESC enabled . Try applying GPO as below.

User Configuration -->Preferences-->Control Panel Settings-->Internet Settings--> and you will be able to figure it out from here.


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SORRY - that does not allow you to add sites. ignore my previous post.
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It must have something to do with IEESC.  

I receive the attached before I loaded the sites on the server.
IE-Enhanced-Security-Configurati.doc
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Is the question I need answering:

How do I load or configure IEESC locally onto XP clients??
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"these settings will only apply when they log onto computers that have the internet explorer enhanced security configuration enabled"  was indeed the problem here.
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