Applying Proxy Settings in GPO to Machine and not User
Posted on 2011-03-09
I have a problem that I can't seem to solve.
I want to use GPO's to configure IE. Mostly this works, the one area where it does not is with the proxy settings. MS in it's "Wisdom" thinks that the only place one should be able to set the proxy settings is with the user...which is stupid since it's more likely that a user would move around and a PC would stay put. But I digress...
I have found the setting in the Computer config section of the GPO where I can specify that proxy settings are per-machine and NOT per-user...supposedly.
I've found this to not be true.
I need two different proxy settings depending on where in the network the computer lives. Here was my plan. I was going to create an OU specific for the PC location and apply the appropriate GPO, adding in the appropriate computers and a test user. So when I logged in as the test user both the computer config and user config portions of the GPO would execute; this works fine.
Then I was going to apply another GPO to the user OU that was configured with the user things that are global like home page and security settings. I assumed that it would NOT make any difference what was in the proxy setting since I had already applied the correct proxy setting when the config user had logged in and I had specified that proxy settings are per-machine and not per-user. But whatever is in the user config section of the GPO assigned to the user OU overrides the original proxy settings.
How can I use GPO's to configure IE and make the proxy settings stick per machine?