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School system migrating from Novell to Microsoft AD.  We migrated our first building last week and have run into a little snag with our Group Policy.  All other policies are shooting down perfectly, except for our IE proxy settings.

Last year we deployed IE7 to our school division using a customized install of IE7 using the IEAK.  Part of the configuration was to have the Proxy settings and exceptions built into the install of IE7.  This worked great for us until we began our migration to Microsoft AD, which has forced us to use a new proxy address.

Long story short, it appears that the workstations that had our customized install of IE7 are not applying the "new" IE proxy server and exceptions settings sent down by Group Polilcy upon the user's first logon.  If the user logs off and back on again, the correct proxy settings are applied.

This is not a problem for our teachers and administrative offices because those users typically use the same workstation.  This is a problem for our computer labs and laptop carts for student access.  It is rare for a student to use the same computer twice in the same week - they usually sit at any available computer when they come into a computer lab.

I have read that IE 7 applies proxy settings as per-machine rather than per-user, so I have already tried changing the computer policies to disable the application of IE settings as per-machine.  This did not change anything.

I've also tried setting the typical Internet Explorer maintenance configurations, as well as, the settings available in Group Policy Preferences - none have made a difference.

This problem doesn't seem to be occurring our IE8 or IE6 workstations, nor on our workstations that did not use our customized install of IE7.  

Is there anything I'm missing??  My last resort is to script the proxy exceptions and hope for the best, but we have 14 proxy exception lists (depending on the security group/computer combination) and that's a lot of scripts to maintain.

Servers:  Windows Server 2008 R2
Clients:  Windows XP Sp3

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Do you have the following enabled?



Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Group Policy\IE Maintenance Policy Processing. Set to Enabled and "Process even if the Group Policy Objects have not changed".


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Yes, and all over the place too.  There are several (I'm going to say 10) GP settings that I changed to "Process even if blah blah blah has not changed".
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Any errors in event logs?

Does the policy apply after first logon if you run gpupdate afterwards?

have you tried loop back policy?

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Donald Stewart earned 500 total points
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Ahhh....found something I experienced in past about "Gopher" and forgot until now

http://nickganga.com/2009/03/13/internet-explorer-7-advanced-proxy-settings-via-group-policy/
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Any errors in event logs?

Does the policy apply after first logon if you run gpupdate afterwards?

have you tried loop back policy?

You will have to excuse my ignorance, this is my first "real" dealings with Group Policy.  I've worked with ZEN (Novell) policies for a few years, but true-blue Group policy is new for me.

Any errors in event logs?  Haven't checked, but I will next week.

Does the policy apply after first logon if you run gpupdate afterwards?  Yes

Loop back policy?  Haven't tried yet but can try if there are no other options.
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Try removing "Gopher" from the proxy in case you just missed my previous post
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Ahhh....found something I experienced in past about "Gopher" and forgot until now

http://nickganga.com/2009/03/13/internet-explorer-7-advanced-proxy-settings-via-group-policy/

I just looked through the printed version of the policy and I do have Gopher enabled.  I'll make the change you suggested and let you know on Tuesday if it worked.

I'm going to freak my freak if this is the cause of my problem...
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Hopefully :)
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Hopefully :)

Yup, fixed my problem.  Thank you so much for your help - I really appreciate it.
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Who woulda thunk? ;^)
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