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Server 2008 STD, Group Policy, ODDNESS

The environment is Server 2008 STD domain, windows 7 PCs and a group policy to add several sites to the trusted sites tab section of IE 8!  We have to use IE8 to access a US Govt wed site that only supports IE8.

There is a group policy applied to an OU and under Computer Config-Policies-Admin Templates- Windows Components/IE/IE Control Panel/Security page we have all of our sites listed.  This policy does not show as applied in the gpresults report.

Down under User Config, there IS a policy applied and it is the one that is working.  It shows under User Config-Policies-Windows Settings-IE Maintenance-Security/Security Zones and Content Ratings.  THAT policy is not applying either.

Two policies, neither applying.

Now, of course, when I open RSAT on my Win 7 box, or my Win 8 box, I DO NOT see the IE Maintenance as it was deprecated.  

When I log into the server and look in GP Mgt, I DO see the IE Maintenance option, but the settings are blank.

So, where are my PCs getting this setting if it's blank?  The gpreport shows that the GP I am working with is the source GP, but the source GP is blank under those settings when I look from the server.  

I am baffled as to how this GP is still getting pushed to the machines and I still need to push a list of trusted sites to my PCs and I'm pretty sure I'm going to do that with a Preferences policy.

Thoughts on this?


Windows Server 2008Active Directory

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Manikandan Narayanswamy

8/22/2022 - Mon
Manikandan Narayanswamy


So you mean to say both the policies are not applying on the windows 7 systems. Did all the computer accounts are on the OU where policy is linked. Did you tried enforce in group policy management console.  Send the screenshot of the policy which you have set in group policy. Also check the scope if authenticated users are added in the group policy management console


There is a computer policy written and it doesn't show as applied OR failed.  OTHER settings in the same GP ARE applied though so I know the GP is applying.

There is NO setting in the user config of the GP, but that's where the gpreport shows the policy is applied and it's applied under the Internet Explorer Maintenance option, which is now deprecated.
Manikandan Narayanswamy

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