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IE GPO, default start page plus users extra start pages

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Hi

We have 3 DC's.
One 2012 PDC
Two 2012 R2

We had a default start page set for IE, this worked until users got IE 9, 10 or 11.
Start Page: http://intranet.company.com

We now want to edit our GPO to add the start page as the default for all users.

However with the new setting users are not allowed to have their additional Start pages. Users often start's up with 3-4 or more tabs, and there's way to many varieties to set this in a GPO.

Is it possible with IE 9,10 or 11 to set http://intranet.company.com as the users default homepage, and allow them to set their own additional ones ?


Regards.
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Question by:Lenblock
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by:Sudeep Sharma
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Yes, it is possible,

Please look at the link below it has steps you need to take to make it happen using GPO

http://www.grouppolicy.biz/2010/05/how-to-use-group-policy-to-configure-home-page-part-3/

I hope that would help.

Sudeep
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by:Lenblock
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Hi

That's how it worked previously, but that's no longer supported.
IEM(Internet Explorer Maintnance) is depicated in 2012 and above as i've understood.

Yet to find a way to accomplish this using Internet Settings or the templates.
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by:Lazarus
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I'm pretty sure the only way to do it now, is to repackage IE using The IEAK from Microsoft. http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=40903
You can setup IE the way you want from there.
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Already tried that without luck, can't find a setting which allows this in the IEAK.

Found another post on this forum which provided a solution, editing Start Page in registry.
Which works(so far) on Windows 7 IE9 and Windows 8.1 IE11.
IE 11 has a minor bug, where one of the extra Start Pages disappears the first time the policy is applied to a user, but after you add it again it works fine.

This solution was provided in this post by the user: ThinkPaper
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Database/Software/Microsoft_Enterprise/Q_27908865.html

However I would like to solve this this IEAK instead.
Any tips on which policy to use, or is Registry the only way ?


Regards.
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by:Lazarus
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In IEAK it's under "Important URLs - Home page and Support"
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by:Lenblock
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Altering the registry solved this.
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