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?

Posted on 2011-10-19
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
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 (

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 (

For example, in the screenshot below the user has already specified that these three websites should open in different tabs:,, and I need these three websites to all open in addition to the new URL address specified by the Group Policy (

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?
Question by:Knowledgeable
    1 Comment
    LVL 10

    Accepted Solution

    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

    Write Comment

    Please enter a first name

    Please enter a last name

    We will never share this with anyone.

    Featured Post

    Find Ransomware Secrets With All-Source Analysis

    Ransomware has become a major concern for organizations; its prevalence has grown due to past successes achieved by threat actors. While each ransomware variant is different, we’ve seen some common tactics and trends used among the authors of the malware.

    Scenario:  You do full backups to a internal hard drive in either product (SBS or Server 2008).  All goes well for a very long time.  One day, backups begin to fail with a message that the disk is full.  Your disk contains many, many more backups th…
    Issue: Unstable cursor in Windows XP and Windows runs extremely slow in that any click will bring up the Hour glass (sometimes for several seconds before giving you what you want) . Troubleshooting Process and the FINAL FIX: This issue see…
    To efficiently enable the rotation of USB drives for backups, storage pools need to be created. This way no matter which USB drive is installed, the backups will successfully write without any administrative intervention. Multiple USB devices need t…
    This tutorial will walk an individual through the process of transferring the five major, necessary Active Directory Roles, commonly referred to as the FSMO roles to another domain controller. Log onto the new domain controller with a user account t…

    737 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

    Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

    Join & Ask a Question

    Need Help in Real-Time?

    Connect with top rated Experts

    21 Experts available now in Live!

    Get 1:1 Help Now