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Make IE Features Same in Domain

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I already the homepage down, and made IE8 the default via WSUS. But I'm wanting to make all the other features on IE8 to look exactly like mine (shown below) I want Google as the default search on the top right. I want any toolbars that I don't have gone, I want everything looking exactly the way I have it.

Can someone help me with what to do? Particularly how to make Google the default search, get rid of any or add any of the looks of my IE layout on there. Some people have yahoo toolbars and junk on their IE on our domain.

My IE
Thanks!
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All of this can be done using Group Policy, if you have an Active Directory domain controller.  

If not, the other method would be to set all of this up a specific way, and then copy the active Windows profile to the Default Windows profile.  Then any new users who login would get the same settings.
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We are currently running SBS 2011. I'm quite fluent with group policy, but some of these issues are stumping me. Such as the default search engine, it allows bing, but doesn't have Google as an option.
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Do you know anything about tweaking the ADMX/ADM files?  You can always tweak what's currently there for Bing to point to Google instead.  You may also look around on the Internet for ADM/ADMX templates that already exist for this functionality.  Here are a couple to start with:

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/hr/winserverGP/thread/b6f07747-7dc0-43f2-b752-0e03f708ccdd

http://www.xenappblog.com/2010/change-ie-default-search-provider-with-gpo/
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I'm familiar with the process, finding one that works is the better question. I'll continue Google'ing I guess
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Doesn't seem like i can get a straight answer from anywhere though. Can't we just add a custom template to group policy that does this? Half the things I see are talking about changing things in the domain central store etc.
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Generally, when applying custom group policy templates, it's best to place them in the Sysvol directory.  I'm not sure if that's what you mean by central store...?  Although, it does depend on whether you're creating this policy for Win7 or WinXP where those templates would go.  See the following:  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc179081.aspx.  I realize this references Office settings, but the template location is the same for all templates.  You can create your own template if necessary, but it's much easier to work from one that's already created.  You can always tweak it from there.  Also, it may help to look over the following:  http://dontpokebadgers.com/axaa/.  

I know what you mean.  When dealing with custom settings, it's very difficult to get straight answers.  And I'm sorry that I'm not able to provide you a more straight answer as well.
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Thanks for the help, got it going
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