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Ok, before everyone says "Use Group Policy" - been there/done that.  Things will work fine then GP burps or some anomoly happens and my users are calling like crazy - So I want to know how to setup IE once for all users without using GP or someone tell me how to figure out how the same GP works one day, but not the next.  I have had to remove the Citrix server (Xenapp 6.5 2008 R2) from service, delete all profiles, reboot the server about 5 times until - volia it all works again.  Same user, same server, same GP, but the next day one that was working fine will break while the one that gave me trouble continues to work.  Yet GP never changed once during this whole nightmare, settings will appear to still be set etc... but somehow something changes and java script/Active X scripts will decide to not work on a particular server.   Back in 2003 days, I just made changes and saved in the all users profile... not sure we can still do that in 2008.  Ideally, I would take the settings from a working PC and "import" them into the server.  Perhaps I need to just dump registry keys and then set permissions to prevent changes.... I am fed up with GP not working and looking for a permantent solution.
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Totally agree that many IE settings within group policy are flaky.  Been there, done that too.

What I have found that works is to set file and/or registry settings within 2008 R2 AD.  For example, deleting temporary internet files via GPO just doesn't seem to work right.  But, when forcing the deletion via that specific folder in a GPO, it works perfectly.
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hmm, so is there a chart/table somewhere that tells what all those would be?  I have found a few registry settings at the computer level, will I need to still use user level GPO doing it that way?
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Yes, exactly.  Unfortunately, you'll need to find the specific registry keys, files, and/or folders (good 'ole ProcMon will work, but it's a bit painful), but once you do and you set them this way, it works like a charm.  

In my case, I was super frustrated because the contents of Temporary Internet Files wouldn't delete at logoff.   We really needed to delete a couple of child folders, so it was just a matter of using a GPO to designate the deletion of those contents.

I have no idea why the IE-related GPOs are so flaky, but this workaround will address your issue.
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Not getting other solutions, so guess will have to try the reg/GPO combo.  Thanks -was hoping to avoid the "pain".
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