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DEFAULT HOMEPAGE GPO

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  • Hello,

    I currently have both Server 2003r2 and 2008r2 Domain Controllers running my production environment with a mix of Windows XP and Windows 7 clients. I want to make a GPO that allows me to set a default homepage for Internet Explorer versions 8 through 10.

    Side note: Does it make a difference if some of my Windows 7 machines are Virtual Desktops and others are Physical Desktops? They both have their own OU's in Active Directory.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014 1:22 PM

Answers

  • User Configuration-->Policies-->Administrative Templates-->Windows Components-->Internet Explorer-->Disable changing home page settings-->Enable-->Home Page: input your specified home page

    You can link teh policy to multiple OU's. The machien platform (virtual/physical/...) will not matter.


    MCP/MCSA/MCTS/MCITP

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014 1:59 PM
  • > So it has to be a User based GPO, I can't point it to Machine OU?
     
    Yes and no. That's the "loopback" thing - or GPP Registry with ILT for
    computer properties.
     

    Martin

    Mal ein GUTES Buch über GPOs lesen?

    NO THEY ARE NOT EVIL, if you know what you are doing: Good or bad GPOs?
    And if IT bothers me - coke bottle design refreshment :))
    Wednesday, December 10, 2014 4:05 PM

All replies

  • User Configuration-->Policies-->Administrative Templates-->Windows Components-->Internet Explorer-->Disable changing home page settings-->Enable-->Home Page: input your specified home page

    You can link teh policy to multiple OU's. The machien platform (virtual/physical/...) will not matter.


    MCP/MCSA/MCTS/MCITP

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014 1:59 PM
  • You can use the administrative template setting Disable Changing Home Page Settings. This is found under User Config/Admin templates/Windows Components/Internet Explorer.

    Because it is a user side settings, you will need to apply it to an OU containing your users or use loopback. Here is a guide on how to setup loopback: http://deployhappiness.com/loopback-policy-how-a-computer-gets-a-transgender-operation/


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    Wednesday, December 10, 2014 2:02 PM
  • > containing your users or use loopback.
     
    Joseph - please do not point somebody to loopback unless really
    necessary :-P
     

    Martin

    Mal ein GUTES Buch über GPOs lesen?

    NO THEY ARE NOT EVIL, if you know what you are doing: Good or bad GPOs?
    And if IT bothers me - coke bottle design refreshment :))
    Wednesday, December 10, 2014 2:18 PM
  • So it has to be a User based GPO, I can't point it to Machine OU?
    Wednesday, December 10, 2014 3:58 PM
  • > So it has to be a User based GPO, I can't point it to Machine OU?
     
    Yes and no. That's the "loopback" thing - or GPP Registry with ILT for
    computer properties.
     

    Martin

    Mal ein GUTES Buch über GPOs lesen?

    NO THEY ARE NOT EVIL, if you know what you are doing: Good or bad GPOs?
    And if IT bothers me - coke bottle design refreshment :))
    Wednesday, December 10, 2014 4:05 PM
  • Martin,

    I just read that article on Loopback. This does not seem like a good idea for my situation.

    I have tried to configure just the standard GPO for creating a default homepage. It didn't work. But it may have also been that it only needs to be linked to the User OU and not the Machine OU. I will give it a try and see what happens. 

    Thanks for the suggestions though.

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014 5:52 PM
  • Hi,

    How is the issue going?

    Did you use the policy that SenneVL provided?

    When you use the policy that SenneVL provided, you need to apply this policy to specific OU that user located.

    If there is any question, please feel free to let us know.

    Best Regards,

    Erin

    Wednesday, December 17, 2014 6:55 AM
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