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Untick the 'Automatically detect settings' within IE via GPO

Hello experts,

Recently, the 'Automatically detect settings' option under internet options>Connections>LAN settings, has been ticked abrubtly within IE on users' side! Users are set to use an automatic configuration script via a GPO applied to their OU, which defines the 'Automatic Browser Configuration' > 'Auto-proxy' to use a proxy.pac file.

However, lately the Automatically detect settings is ticked everytime the user restarts his/her PC, policy refreshes, or being forced, which is causing slow browsing especially on the local websites (Intranet).

My Question is, how to UNTICK  the 'Automatically detect settings' option via a GPO so that all users' IEs are affected??

P.S. 1) I have read about modifying registry settings and pushing it to users via GPO and so on but am looking for the option within the GPMC without having to modify/import registry, use batch file, script, etc...

P.S. 2) The 'Automatically detect configuration settings' option, under User Configuration>Windows Settings>Internet Explorer Maintenance>Connection>Automatic Broser Configuration, is UNTICKED in my existing GPO. Does it have to do with the 'Automatically detect settings' option in IE ?

Cheers.
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pritamshCommented:
This Group Policy should be located in the following path:

User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Internet Explorer\Disable changing Automatic Configuration settings

Here is the relevant registry key:

Disable changing Automatic Configuration settings
==================================
KEY: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Control Panel
DWORD: Autoconfig = 1

Reference : http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winserverGP/thread/62a4427c-d5a7-4d5b-867c-0f5c6e921315/
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AMFOPAuthor Commented:
Hi pritamsh,

Thank you for the response. However, i have mentioned that i have been through some solutions that talked about registry and so, but am looking for the exact option in GPO that enables me to tick/untick the 'Automatically detect settings' option.

Furthermore, the 'Disable changing Automatic Configuration' option does not untick the option, it just restrict users to change the option (grays it out as i suppose).

Even with the solution you provided above, it says explicitly 'Disable changing Automatic Configuration settings' and not disable 'Automatically detect settings'. However, if we presume that it refers to the same option (Awkwardly named differently though), what do i have to do with the given registry key and how to apply it though the GPO ?

Cheers.
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pritamshCommented:
AMFOP,

Follow this article http://support.microsoft.com/kb/274846/en-us. With Peference mode you can define Automatic configuration as well as your own proxy server. You don't need to change any registry or use any scripts for doing this.

Hope this answers your query.
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sven_jamborCommented:
Amfop,

What you could do as well is to turn the Regkey which pritamsh gave you into a custom adm (or admx, if you have 2008 DCs hanging around and prefer those)

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AMFOPAuthor Commented:
Hi pritamsh,

Thank you for the prompt reply. However, i have switched to the preference mode earlier but i didn't find the explicit option that mentions 'Automatically detect settings' !!!!

If you can guide me to the exact location i will be grateful.

Cheers.
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pritamshCommented:
AMFOP,

Logon to Domain controller, in run type gpmc.msc
On your domain name do right click and click create new GPO
Go to Windows Settings then InterExplorer
Right Click Internet Explorer and click Preference mode
Go to connection and double click automatic browser configuration (Perference Mode)

Select the option as per your choice.
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pritamshCommented:
AMFOP,

Any news?
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AMFOPAuthor Commented:
Hello,

@ sven_jambor: Does changing a simple option like unticking the automatically detect settings in IE need all of this hassle? i really just wanna change it through the available options in GPO, thus is that clearly available or is Microsoft intentionally keeping it vague ?

P.S. I have only Win2003 DCs around.


@ pritamsh: i have mentioned in my last reply the following:"However, i have switched to the preference mode earlier but i didn't find the explicit option that mentions 'Automatically detect settings' !!!!"

Which means that i have done what are mentioning. However, after switching to the preference mode > connections > Automatic Browser Configuration (Preference Mode),  I have the 'Automatically detect configuration settings' UNTICKED, 'Enable automatic configuration' TICKED with an Auto-proxy URL assigned.

Why do i still have the 'Automatically detect settings' option TICKED on the users' IE regardless of the changes i apply on the GPO that is linked to them?? Nevertheless, they still can get the Auto-proxy URL placed in the right place on their IE's, why is part of the GPO only being applied while the tick is not removed???

One more thing to be clear on this, is the 'Automatically detect settings' option on IE EQUIVALENT to the  'Automatically detect CONFIGURATION settings' found under connections in the GPO ???

Cheers.

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pritamshCommented:
Run GPUPDATE /FORCE and check the settings.
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AMFOPAuthor Commented:
Dear pritamsh, i certainly am doing that to verify the impact of the GPO and still am getting the automatically detect settings option ticked !!!
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pritamshCommented:
AMFOP,

Try this steps:

Create new GPO > Click Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Internet Explorer > Internet Control Panel > Disable the Connections page, and click Enabled, click Apply then OK
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AMFOPAuthor Commented:
Pritamsh,

Why would i have to disable the connections page ??? this is totally not what am seeking! i am so clear about the issue, just to untick the automatically detect settings option thats all !!!!

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AMFOPAuthor Commented:
i have a mix of windows XP and 7 on the client side. Since it happened abruptly, i believe that there was a recent update on the users' machines that triggered a specific registry key to enable the automatically detect settings on their browsers, and such change is not being overridden by my GPO because it took place on all PCs locally!!!

However, i have read that link about altering that specific registry key on one of the 'Altered' PC's locally, set it back to untick the aforementioned option, and then export it. Nevertheless, am not sure how to include it in the same group policy and consequently apply it via GPO on the desired users.

Bottom line, i need a step by step walk through on how to modify the registry, export that reg file, and most importantly how to embed it in a GPO and apply it on users in a certain OU??

Cheers.
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AMFOPAuthor Commented:
Fixed the issue, the problem was in the FRS service which needed a registry fix on one of the DC's in order to stop preventing replication to the other DC; as a result, replicating changes in the GPO's took place within the active directory replication cycle.

 
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AMFOPAuthor Commented:
The answer helped in solving part of the problem.
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ogexpertsCommented:
Dear AMFOP,

If you can explain in detail what steps did you do to resolve this issue as we are facing the same problem now.

Thank you.
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