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How do I change the GP or disable companyweb from being the home start page on our client computers when they use internet explorer???  We've changed the default homepage but apparently GP overrides this upon restart or joining domain.  Running SBS 2008.  Thanks
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by:Rob Williams
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Windows SBS User Policy:
User configuration | Windows settings | Internet Explorer Maintenance | URL's/Important URL's | Home Page URL
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Sorry not exactly correct...
Windows SBS User Policy:
User configuration | Policies | Windows settings | Internet Explorer Maintenance | URL's | Important URL's | Home Page URL

You can uncheck "Customize Home Page URL" or within the text box set it to another URL
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Thanks Cizombs.
Cheers!
--Rob
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by:Dbredes
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Okay...where is the checkbox in the solution:

You can uncheck "Customize Home Page URL" or within the text box set it to another URL

Went into group policy management --Can see several areas for usrer policies...don't see any actual
policies...can't seem to do much in here...

Tried logging in as administrator
Still don't see the policies...

Please clarify how to implement the solution
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by:Rob Williams
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Dbredes you really should open a new question, however.........
On the 2008 SBS go to administrative tools | group policy management | expand domain and subdirectories untill you see the policies | locate the Windows SBS User Policy | right click on it and choose edit | browse to: User configuration | Policies | Windows settings | Internet Explorer Maintenance | URL's | Important URL's | Home Page URL

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okay found out how to use group policy management tool to actually manage/change a group policy

Get to the policy category that you want to edit..(ie. in this case  Windows SBS User Policy)
Select the settings tab
This looks like a report but each line of data can be edited..(in our case drill down from windows settings to Internet Exlorer then to Important urls.)
Right click Homepage Url and presto chango...a submenu allowing you to edit the policies to make
the change appears.

It's anything but intuitive...but that's how it works...
Still when you return to the report it appears as if nothing has changed...because
the  uncheck "Customize Home Page URL" isn't listed on the report page...but u can go back-in to make sure that the box is indeed unchecked.....
The final test is on reboot of the client machine...if ithe policy change hadn't worked then on reboot you'd be back at the company page as the client's homepage...and you would be less a bunch more hair....:-)
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Group policy is very straight forward to use, and extremly dependable however there are entire books dedicated to it. I would recomend reviewing it and becoming familiar with editing policies, how to apply to diferent users and/or OU's, filtering, troubleshooting, and commands such as  gpedit /force to apply your policy changes once made. It can be your frriend and if you are to manage a Windows domain it is a basic requirement to have a good understanding of it.
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Thank you Robwill...you r right...
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