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Automatic Browser Configuration via GPO

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  • Hi everyone,

    At our company we were trying to get rid of the "Automatically detect settings" for Internet Explorer. So, we went ahead and cleared the "Automatically detect configuration settings" check box in the "Automatic browser configuration" in our AD user group policy.

    This worked well in achieving our first objective, BUT, this also cleared the check box for the "use automatic configuration script" setting and its path, and this has created a problem for our laptop users who need this setting checked because we use a proxy.pac file to redirect the IE browser when users are working outside of our LAN.

    How can we get rid of the "Automatically detect settings" but leaving "use automatic configuration script" checked using the user USER CONFIGURATION section of the GPO ?

    Or, is there a way to get rid of the "Automatically detect settings" using the COMPUTER CONFIGURATION section of the GPO ? We can't seem to find this setting under Computer Configuration. Because if we could make make this setting MACHINE BASED, then we could apply it to to the Desktop container and leave the Laptop container alone.

    Thanks in advance.  Alex
    Friday, March 06, 2009 7:25 PM

Answers

  • Hi Alex,

    From the Group Policy snap-in, navigate and right click on the "User Configuration\Windows Settings\Internet Explorer Maintenance\Connection" and choose Preference Mode. Right click on the Automatic Browser Configuration (Preference Mode) and click Properties. Clear the check on the Automatically detect configuration settings checkbox. Put a check on the  Enable Automatic Configuration checkbox and specify your proxy.pac file in the Auto-Proxy URL (.JS, .JVS or .PAC file) box.

    How to set advanced settings in Internet Explorer by using Group Policy Objects
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/274846

    Regards,

    Salvador Manaois III
    MCITP | Enterprise & Server Admin
    MCSE MCSA MCTS CIWA C|EH
    Bytes & Badz: http://badzmanaois.blogspot.com
    Monday, March 09, 2009 3:44 AM

All replies

  • Hi Alex,

    From the Group Policy snap-in, navigate and right click on the "User Configuration\Windows Settings\Internet Explorer Maintenance\Connection" and choose Preference Mode. Right click on the Automatic Browser Configuration (Preference Mode) and click Properties. Clear the check on the Automatically detect configuration settings checkbox. Put a check on the  Enable Automatic Configuration checkbox and specify your proxy.pac file in the Auto-Proxy URL (.JS, .JVS or .PAC file) box.

    How to set advanced settings in Internet Explorer by using Group Policy Objects
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/274846

    Regards,

    Salvador Manaois III
    MCITP | Enterprise & Server Admin
    MCSE MCSA MCTS CIWA C|EH
    Bytes & Badz: http://badzmanaois.blogspot.com
    Monday, March 09, 2009 3:44 AM
  • Hi,

    You could always do a loopback policy and add it to the Laptop OU GPO so when users logon to the laptops, the GPO from the User Config section of the Laptop GPO is merged with the users regular GPO.  That is how we have it setup.
    lforbes
    Monday, March 09, 2009 9:57 PM