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GPMC Not Seeing IE9 Preferences

Howdy folks,

Got a quicky one that hopefully someone can shed some light on....

We have a Win 2008 R2 AD forest with the clients running WinXP. We are in the process of upgrading the clients to Win7 and want to leverage Win7 and IE9 in Group Policy. I've added the new ADMX files to the PolicyDefinitions on the Win7 client however when I fire up GPMC I am unable to see the IE9 preferences.

I have gone through the various KB's, installed the patch that Microsoft state fixes the issue, and even edited the XML value for the "9.1.0.0" fix/work-round, but still I cannot see the IE9 preferences.

My questions are;

1. Do the DCs also have to be running IE9 as well as the Win7 client even though we're not using a central store.?

2. Are there any other known fixes other than the Microsoft patch and/or editing the XML file?

Any and all help is most welcome.

Rgds
Daz
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Joseph MoodyBlogger and wearer of all hats.Commented:
First - the ADMX templates and preferences are separate. You will need to use the GPMC on a machine that has IE9.

I would recommend installing RSAT and using the GPMC on your windows 7 machine.
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Darren ReevellActive Directory & Messaging SpecialistAuthor Commented:
Sorry, should have been clearer. I've already installed IE9 and RSAT on the Win7 computer and I have been using GPMC.MSC from that device but am unable to see the IE9 preferences.
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Joseph MoodyBlogger and wearer of all hats.Commented:
Odd!

Can you post a screenshot of what you see?
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Darren ReevellActive Directory & Messaging SpecialistAuthor Commented:
Here you go...I should see Internet Explorer 9 here...
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Life1430Sr EngineerCommented:
Please see below hotfix if it helps

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2530309
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Joseph MoodyBlogger and wearer of all hats.Commented:
That hotfix should do it!
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Darren ReevellActive Directory & Messaging SpecialistAuthor Commented:
Already tried the hot fix, done the XML edit 'work around' and also the manual add of the inters.adm to the %WINDIR%\Inf folder & add to Administrative Templates......all failed to fix my issues so far.
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Life1430Sr EngineerCommented:
Try different win 7 machine then...Sounds funny but why should not try...
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MaheshArchitectCommented:
Try installing  GPMC on win8 client and check if you are getting IE 9 GPP from there
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Darren ReevellActive Directory & Messaging SpecialistAuthor Commented:
OK, I'm going to try a different Win7 client machine tomorrow when I back in the office. I don't have access to a Win8 client (yet)....may see if I can get hold of a license and give it a try though.
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Darren ReevellActive Directory & Messaging SpecialistAuthor Commented:
The one key question I have is thus:

Do the DC's need to be running IE9 too, or can it just be IE9 and GPMC on the Win7 client machine?

Our setup is Win2008R2 DCs with IE8 installed, and Win7 Client(s) with IE8 or IE9 installed running GPMC.
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MaheshArchitectCommented:
DC need not to be running IE9 for that, the settings will be stored in GPO anyhow

Just GPMC management workstation \ server have to have IE9 in order to view and edit those settings.

Still i suggest you to try it with win8 \ win 8.1\win 2012\2012 R2 machine with GPMC installed, it will resolve your problem.
I have checked on windows 2012 R2 GPMC console and I have found it under user configuration\preferences for IE 5 and 6, 7, 8 and 9 and 10 without any twick, edits and hassles
IE 10 preferences will work on IE 11 version also

may be you can setup that with trial version on VM etc

Mahesh
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Darren ReevellActive Directory & Messaging SpecialistAuthor Commented:
Thanks, I'll download an eval this week and let you know how I get on...it'll take me a couple of days as I have a few more pressing tasks to get through first.
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meepmakerCommented:
Hi,
I'm in a similar situation where I need GPP for IE9 support.  I've read over the hotfix which should allow this (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2530309), but I'm unclear from the info from MS if the hotfix should be applied to all DC's or if I just need to install it on the Win7 64bit workstation I'm using GPMC on?
I've just tried installing on my Win7 machine - but the option for IE9 isn't shown when I try to create new preference for Internet Settings.
Unfortunatley really don't have the option of using a windows 8 desktop.
DazReevell - how did you get on?
Thanks,
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Darren ReevellActive Directory & Messaging SpecialistAuthor Commented:
never actually got this resolved and there was little drive to fix this as the project could find a work round...
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meepmakerCommented:
Hi DazRevell,
I ended up getting this to work by installing the hotfix on the win7 workstation (ie9). There wasn't a drop down for ie9 in gpp internet maintenance, only ie5,6,7&8. I was advised by Microsoft to use the option for ie8 & this would also apply to ie9. One thing to note though is that you should be mindful of the f5, f6, f7 & f8 function in order to fully & partially activate (green) or deactivate (red) sections of the GPP. See - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/hh848751.aspx
After reading thru this it all this helped & I got it to work.
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