Why would IE take over as default browser in an mandatory profile?
Posted on 2011-09-29
I have a local Win 2000 Server, which is also the Primary Domain Controller, on a LAN of exclusively Win XP Pro workstations. All users have roaming profiles, with the profiles stored on a share on this local server. We have two PCs in our workplaces reception area for members of the public to drop in and browse the company website.
I have created a user profile (with the username 'public') and set it up with appropriate desktop icons, start-menu options, printer connection etc. I also made Mozilla Firefox the default browser for this user profile, dropped a shortcut to our company website into the Startup folder, and set Firefox to open in kiosk/F11 mode. I then logged out, deleted the local copy of the profile, opened an RDC session as local Administrator and renamed ntuser.dat to ntuser.man for the stored profile.
However, since making this profile a mandatory profile, Internet Explorer now assumes the role of default browser when 'public' logs onto the domain. Can anybody tell me why this is? I want the profile to behave exactly as it was behaving immediately before I made it mandatory, including this important application setting.