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How to replace manual proxy settings using Group Policy

IT pros can use this labor-saving tip to manage proxy settings calls for properly configured Group Policy settings. Here are the steps to take.

Computers access the Internet through a proxy server, and IT pros must configure the proxy settings on a per-user...

and per-computer basis.

IT pros can use Group Policy so that they don't need to log on to each computer as the user to enter the proxy settings. First, IT can log on to a server or administrative workstation that has the proxy settings correctly configured. Then, IT should start the Group Policy management console and create a policy on the appropriate user and computer Organizational Units as follows:

  • Give the policy a name, such as "Configure Proxy Settings" (or any other friendly name you want).
  • Set security on the policy. Add those users and/or computers to which this policy should apply. If you want it to apply to all computers on the domain and for all users, then add the Domain Computers and Authenticated Users groups, respectively.
  • Right click the policy name and select Edit.
  • Drill down to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Internet Explorer.
  • Enable the setting in the right pane for "Make Proxy Settings Per-Machine" (rather than Per-User).
  • Drill down to User Configuration > Windows Settings > Internet Explorer Maintenance > Connection.
  • In the right pane, double-click the Connection Settings node.
  • Select the option to "Import the Current Connection Settings from this machine."
  • Customize the settings if desired.
  • Click OK.

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How do you configure proxy settings?
Excuse me but is not Internet Explorer Maintenance settings deprecated for ages? Now GPO Preferences do much better job.