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How can I set up a Server 2008 R2 group policy for Win XP IE 7 & 8 that will add a website address to an IE browser's list of home pages to open?

How can I set up a Server 2008 R2 group policy for Windows XP Internet Explorer 7 & 8 that will add a website URL address to an Internet Explorer browser's list of home pages to open?

I need to make sure that every user within my organization will always open an Internet Explorer tab that connects them to my company's SharePoint 2010 portal (http://portal.companyname.com).

However, I need to make this group policy so that the user's current list of websites that open in different Internet Explorer tabs (whenever Internet Explorer is launched) WILL NOT overwrite any of the existing URL addresses that the users have already put URL addresses into this list and will continue to have all of these existing URL addresses launch every time that they open Internet Explorer IN ADDITION TO the new URL addresses that has been added by the Group Policy (http://portal.companyname.com).

For example, in the screenshot below the user has already specified that these three websites should open in different tabs: http://www.cnn.com, http://www.msn.com, and http://www.espn.com. I need these three websites to all open in addition to the new URL address specified by the Group Policy (http://portal.companyname.com).

The Server is a Server 2008 R2 Enterprise server and all of the client computers are Windows XP computers running either Internet Explorer 7 or Internet Explorer 8.

I understand that Server 2008 R2 has a way of doing this using what I believe is called a "Client Side Extension."

Can you please provide me with the exact steps of implementing such a group policy?
IT Guy
IT Guy
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Very easy.  if you want to control the home page use this link:


You can add multiple homepages there

you can also control bookmarks in the same GPO location
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