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Setting up Item Level Targeting in GPO using AD attribute

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I am new to Group Policy Management. I was tasked with creating Item Level Targeting for Internet Explorer 10.  I am having trouble getting it to work. First thing you should know is that I cant even get the IE10 template to work on Windows 7. I have to do this all on a Windows 8 machine. The policy is supposed to push to all Windows 7 machines though.

Our Active Directory contains an OU called User_Accounts. Within this OU are multiple OUs relating to different businesses that we own. In each of these OUs contain the user accounts. Users are in different departments so the department attribute is populated with, lets say, Information Technology, Accounting, Human Resources, etc.

OU=User_Accounts,DC=mydomain,DC=com

The Item Level Targeting that I would like to do is as follows.

Query all users within User_Accounts. Look at their department attribute. If their department says:
Information Technology --> Make their home page google.com
Accounting --> Make their home page yahoo.com
Human Resources --> Make their home page MSN.com

So, I looked through a few sites and came up with some options that did not work. Here is what I tried.

Filter: (&(objectclass=user)(objectcategory=person))
Binding: LDAP:
Attribute: department
Environmental Var: Information Technology

Filter: (&(objectclass=user)(objectcategory=person))
Binding: LDAP://OU=User_Accounts,DC=mydomain,DC=com
Attribute: department
Environmental Var: Information Technology

Filter: (&(objectClass=user)(sAMAccountName=%USERNAME%))
Binding: LDAP://OU=User_Accounts,DC=mydomain,DC=com
Attribute: department
Environmental Var: Information Technology

Filter: ://OU=User_Accounts,DC=mydomain,DC=com
Binding: LDAP:
Attribute: department
Environmental Var: Information Technology


I will continue to look for a way to get it to work but if someone understands what I would like to do, and sees what I am doing wrong, please let me know. I do not want to create Security Groups for this. I would specifically prefer Item Level Targeting unless it is not possible.

Thanks.
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Question by:prologic08
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I would include the department in your filter. Have you tried that?

(&(objectCategory=person)(objectClass=user)(department=Information Technology))
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by:prologic08
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That worked Joshua, thanks!

In addition, I was able to get rid of the values for Attribute and Environmental Variable.

I wanted it to only look within OU=User_Accounts,DC=mydomain,DC=com

So I kept that though I haven't tested enough to know if that is binding correctly but it works with or without it. Here is what I ended with:

Filter: (&(objectCategory=person)(objectClass=user)(department=Information Technology))
Binding: LDAP://OU=User_Accounts,DC=mydomain,DC=com
Attribute:
Environmental Var:

And for anyone else wondering why it still might not be working... If you see a dotted red line under the setting you are changing, it means that it is disabled and the changes will not take. You have to hit F6 on the setting to enable it. More info here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc754299.aspx
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Awesome, glad it worked for you. I have never tried Item-Level Targeting using an LDAP filter. Glad to see it works!
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