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Home Page GPO keeps resetting RRS feed

  • Question

  • I'm working on a new AD deployment for my organization and I'm trying to reset my browser's home page by GPO to my company's website.  On working with a consultant I've set the "Important URL's" GPO setting and pushed it to systems, and initially everything looked like it deployed correctly.

    Within days I started seeing problems.  What started happening is that pretty much "everyone's" home page started seemingly at random reverted back to MSN, which is also odd because when I pushed my IE installation I also preset the home page to my company URL.  If I do a GPResult /H report everything indicates that the home page policy is active and applied correctly.  Now if I do a gpupdate /force the policy does update and the home page changes to my company's website as expected.

    Now if I log out and back in as the same or different user the correct home page displays, but if I shutdown/restart the system the home page resets to MSN until I force a GPUpdate again.  Also, upon inspection of the other settings pushed by this GPO, it appears that only the home page setting acts flaky, everything else seems to apply correctly.

    I do leave my General tab open to my users to edit, but I'm positive that they are not changing the home page to MSN as it is entering the system default string and not just a www.msn.com to the home page, plus with how many calls that I get about this it is obvious that they don't know how to change the home page anyway.  Also, if I manually change the home page to my company's page it also at random seems to reset to MSN again.

    Thank you for any insight that you may be able to shine on this issue.

    Wednesday, May 22, 2013 12:29 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

    Thanks for your posting.

    It seems like the GPO applied after you run gpupdate /force.

    I would like to confirm that whether the homepage overwriting the homepage you set  is the Initial IE branding homepage. If so, please disable external branding via GPO. Initial IE branding was overwriting policy values, when the profile was created. Enabling NoExternalBranding stops the initial branding, setting the policy configurations in the first logon.

    User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Internet Explorer \Disable external branding of Internet Explorer

    Please also try the workaround, the best thing would be to deploy via GPP create a registry key that update:

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main]
    "Start Page"=http://microsoft.com"

    Regards.


    Vivian Wang
    TechNet Community Support

    Thursday, May 23, 2013 6:46 AM
    Moderator
  • I've been able to confirm quicker than I expected that the "Start Page Redirect Cache" key was causing my redirection problem and I changed the value of the key to what my home page should be rather than MSN.  This has in effect resolved my issue but there is a slight mystery still that I'm not going to continue chasing since this fix stops my user complaints.

    On reboot I'm seeing the "Start Page" key vanish which was causing the redirect to the "Redirect Cache" which brings up the question why doesn't this GPO defined value stay persistent on reboot?  Anyway, by duplicating the string value on both "Start Page" items my issue is resolved.

    Friday, May 24, 2013 12:33 PM

All replies

  • Hi,

    Thanks for your posting.

    It seems like the GPO applied after you run gpupdate /force.

    I would like to confirm that whether the homepage overwriting the homepage you set  is the Initial IE branding homepage. If so, please disable external branding via GPO. Initial IE branding was overwriting policy values, when the profile was created. Enabling NoExternalBranding stops the initial branding, setting the policy configurations in the first logon.

    User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Internet Explorer \Disable external branding of Internet Explorer

    Please also try the workaround, the best thing would be to deploy via GPP create a registry key that update:

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main]
    "Start Page"=http://microsoft.com"

    Regards.


    Vivian Wang
    TechNet Community Support

    Thursday, May 23, 2013 6:46 AM
    Moderator
  • Thank you, I think you pointed me to the correct spot!

    When I went to the HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main key just under "Start Page" was a key called "Start Page Redirect" which had the URL that kept at random overriding my configured home page.  I'm removing that entry and will update whether this resolves my issue but it might take a few days for me to know for sure.

    Friday, May 24, 2013 12:01 PM
  • I've been able to confirm quicker than I expected that the "Start Page Redirect Cache" key was causing my redirection problem and I changed the value of the key to what my home page should be rather than MSN.  This has in effect resolved my issue but there is a slight mystery still that I'm not going to continue chasing since this fix stops my user complaints.

    On reboot I'm seeing the "Start Page" key vanish which was causing the redirect to the "Redirect Cache" which brings up the question why doesn't this GPO defined value stay persistent on reboot?  Anyway, by duplicating the string value on both "Start Page" items my issue is resolved.

    Friday, May 24, 2013 12:33 PM
  • Hi,

    I am very happy to hear that your issue resolved.

    And thanks for your good sharing.

    Have a nice day!


    Vivian Wang
    TechNet Community Support

    Wednesday, May 29, 2013 1:20 AM
    Moderator