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Modifying Internet Explorer security settings for all users on a golden master image for Horizon View

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I have just deployed a VDI environment with Horizon View.  I need to modify IE settings like security levels and trusted sites for every user that logs onto the snapshot through the WYSE clients.

I am having trouble finding a way to successfully do this.

Since I am recycling the image to where it does not save user settings upon log out, some group policies do not work unless they are run on the master VM itself before creating the snapshot.  What would be the best way to control this and make absolute certain it will make the changes on all users profiles?
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We apply Group Policies to an AD OU Group for Users and Machines.

All our VMs are in a AD OU Container/Group.

This works for us.
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Yea I am working on doing this right now actually..  I had tried this before but it didnt work and I think it is because I was counting on the group policy to run AFTER the snapshot was created and it doesnt save changes at that point so I am going to try running it before creating the snapshot.

I will let you know how that goes, but it should work.

Thanks for your reply Andrew.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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Group Policies are applied to Users and Machines, when they are started up in the domain.

Group Polices are part of Active Directory, do you use them currently ?

It does not matter, whether these are physical or virtual machines. (and snapshots!).

So move your VMs into an OU, Define a Group Policy for users and machines, and then Start your VMs.
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I copied the GP to users in addition to leaving it in Computers and everything worked BUT I had to run the GP update on the golden master before taking the snapshot.  When I tried to run gpupdate on the thin clients it did not work.  

Thanks for your help Andrew
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