Default Internet Home Page

Posted on 2012-09-05
Last Modified: 2012-09-06
Using Windows Server 2008 and the clients all on Windows 7 Pro - is there a Group Policy setting I can use to control the desktop and Internet Home Page of all the clients or user profiles? We would like to use the school logo as the desktop background and the school weg site for the Internet home page. How can I accomplish this.

Thank you!

Question by:RobertEhinger
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    by:Joseph Daly
    To do this you can set the following option as a user configuration GPO.

    User Config | Windows Settings | Internet Explorer Maintenance |URLs | Important URLs | Home page URL: http://yourwebpage
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    I'm going to assume that you have some experience with Group Policy, so I'm not going to walk you through this step by step. I will, however, answer additional questions if you have them.

    Here is the first link for you to follow, which sets the desktop wallpaper for clients.

    ....and this one is the link to follow for defining the Home Page through Group Policy.

    As you can see, both blog posts come from the same source. is a great website for easy GP tutorials, written by a Microsoft MVP.

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    Will any of this work with Firefox or Google Chrome?
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    To be honest, since you didn't mention anything about the "trendy" web browsers within your original text you are branching off into a different (but related) area and that may require an entirely separate question.

    I know that Firefox and Chrome have attempted to integrate Group Policy support in the past, but while we do allow Firefox on our various domains we don't attempt any GPO configurations.
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    I don't know that the GP results will work with the other browsers. If using group policy, think Microsoft products only (as a rule of thumb)

    Author Comment

    OK, I will post that part of that issue on a different thread.

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