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Group Policy IE8 Default Search Google?

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We have IE8 throughout our domain. I want to change the default search provider from Bing to Google. How do I do this?

 I've searched Google extensively and only found really difficult solutions with no straight forward answer. I'm hoping there is just a simple ADM custom template I can add and be done with it?

We are running SBS 2011 (Essentially Server 2008) And a mixed environment from XP/Vista/7 for the clients.

Any help would be appreciated.
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@dstewartjr
That's actually the main article I was looking at recently, it seems to be quite easy and the best solution. But I have one issue, every time I add it to my templates, it gives me the error shown below:

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DonNetwork Administrator

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Try retyping that line manually (Line 2)...I have found that adm's either copy/pasted or downloaded have strange font or syntax errors(usually font)

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I erased some of the comments, so now it's on (LINE 1). For some reason it does not like the first line..

Here's a snip of part of it:

CLASS USER
CATEGORY !!WindowsComponents
CATEGORY !!InternetExplorer
 
POLICY "Select search providers to be included in policy-based search list"
        #if version >= 4
        SUPPORTED !!SUPPORTED_IE7
        #endif
        EXPLAIN !!Search_Explain
        KEYNAME "Software\P

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DonNetwork Administrator

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Yeah, it's doing the same thing for me
Network Administrator
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Figured it out, save the file as "ANSI" encoding, not UTF-8

Author

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Hmm, I figured this one be something that everyone does om their domains, funny how it's such a pain. Has anyone else done this for their domain?
DonNetwork Administrator

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I dont use custom ADM's, there's always a way with "Group Policy Preferences".

Also doesnt make any difference to us which search provider is used :)
DonNetwork Administrator

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Did you get the ADM to now load ??

Author

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Sorry I didn't see your posting above mine saying you found it, I did your solution and it worked! Our domain is now using it like a charm. Thanks so much for your help!

For future reference for other people:

1.) Go here: http://blogofanitadmin.blogspot.com/2011/05/group-policy-changing-default-search.html

2.) Save from pastebin as a ANSI text file. Then convert it to the ADM. It should show up under your classic administrative templates now. This is by far the easiest solution compared to other ones.

Again thanks for the help dstewartjr
DonNetwork Administrator

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Glad to help :)