Site to Zone Wildcard Syntax (Internet Explorer policy)

Posted on 2014-01-20
Last Modified: 2014-02-05
I am troubleshooting some Internet Explorer ZoneMapping event log errors, and it seems some (or more) of the many entries we have in our group policy are using the incorrect syntax.  The MS article ( )  seems to be lacking some information, like  
1) Is it ok to use a trailing slash for the URL?
2) " " wildcard (*) after the trailing slash?
3) Can we use port numbers in the syntax?
4) can you use a URL that has only a hostname with trailing wildcard (e.g.  http://HOSTNAME*  or *://HOSTNAME*   ???)
5) can you specify a pagename? (e.g.   ??)

The Event log doesn't show which ones are malformed so I am scratching my head a little and want to make sure I don't grind business to a halt by not-allowing some of these web apps to run as expected
Question by:mcburn13
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 5
  • 2

Author Comment

ID: 39794490
one more to add that I suspect isn't allowed.
6) Using a wildcard on a subnet for IP like:  http://10.0.2.* or https://10.3.*

Is there a way to get more granular logging to find out which ones are throwing the errors?
LVL 18

Accepted Solution

irweazelwallis earned 250 total points
ID: 39796186
These are based on some of my own polices as the documentation is scant

don't use port numbers
Don't use multiple wild cards
You should be able to specify pages names
If you are specifying it's then don't use wild cards use ranges I.e 192. 168.1.0-
LVL 13

Expert Comment

ID: 39796260
Wild cards are not supported for ActiveXapproval list on IE7, don't use the Wild cards (*.) while adding site to ActiveXapproval list add the full site address
This is only for ActiveXapproval list for trusted site list you can use the Wild cards
What is SQL Server and how does it work?

The purpose of this paper is to provide you background on SQL Server. It’s your self-study guide for learning fundamentals. It includes both the history of SQL and its technical basics. Concepts and definitions will form the solid foundation of your future DBA expertise.


Author Comment

ID: 39800524
we aren't doing an activexapproval list this is just a site to zone setting in our IE group policy.  As the documentation doesn't go into any detail it  DOES allow for two wildcards at the beginning but I have read varying things on the trailing wildcards.  Some say if you want to do a wildcard for a whole class b subnet you would do it like x.x.*.* and x.x.* doesn't work. Others say don't use a trailing / on the URL and don't use a wildcard on the end of it (with or without slash).  why would someone just use * instead of *://* I don't see the benefit but maybe I'm missing something.  Part of the reason I'm posting this is to get a few experts who absolutely know definitively on this (as we are just somewhat "guessing")- then this article can serve to help others in the future...
LVL 13

Assisted Solution

Jaihunt earned 250 total points
ID: 39802373
You can add * but not*.* Also you cannot use wild card to http or https.

Only before a website domain which has multiple sites will accept the wild card. the behavior is changed in vista and later.

the KB article applies only to IE 5.

You can use wildcard characters to add all subdomains for a given domain. For example, you can add * to the list, which adds both and

Its better to add full URL in certain place.

Author Comment

ID: 39812661
def don't mind accepting multiple solutions here but still wanted to give some more experts a chance to chime in on this- again in the hope that this helps others going through the same thing...

Assisted Solution

mcburn13 earned 0 total points
ID: 39825386
Well the zonemapping errors have gone away. From what I can tell the port numbers in the syntax aren't causing it as they are still there.   I believe it was the trailing slashes following by wildcards...

Author Closing Comment

ID: 39835098
part of the reason I found myself through trial and error

Featured Post

Is Your AD Toolbox Looking More Like a Toybox?

Managing Active Directory can get complicated.  Often, the native tools for managing AD are just not up to the task.  The largest Active Directory installations in the world have relied on one tool to manage their day-to-day administration tasks: Hyena. Start your trial today.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

While rebooting windows server 2003 server , it's showing "active directory rebuilding indices please wait" at startup. It took a little while for this process to complete and once we logged on not all the services were started so another reboot is …
This article explains the steps required to use the default Photos screensaver to display branding/corporate images
This tutorial will walk an individual through the steps necessary to join and promote the first Windows Server 2012 domain controller into an Active Directory environment running on Windows Server 2008. Determine the location of the FSMO roles by lo…
This Micro Tutorial will demonstrate how to add subdomains to your content reports. This can be very importing in having a site with multiple subdomains.

735 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