[gptalk] Re: Internet Explorer Processing Issues - automatic configuration script

  • From: "Buonora, Craig \(GE, Research, consultant\)" <buonora@xxxxxx>
  • To: <gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 2 Apr 2007 13:24:38 -0400

Darren thanks again, little confusing with the "supposed to work" and
"workarounds". I did a quick test in my lab. The registry key you stated
below was also not there [HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Group
Policy\{A2E30F80-D7DE-11d2-BBDE-00C04F86AE3B}]. Understood the
workarounds is to mess with the GP extensions area but I wanted to start
fresh an look at a machine not touched with this GPO. 
 
The key was not there, I then added the IE policy to the OU where the
machine was [not the user account] and did a gpupdate /refresh and the
key appeared.
 
So, that gpo setting under Computer Configuration for IE Process even if
the Group Policy objects have not changed, does this tell me that this
user based GPO needs to be set on a PC OU instead of an OU where User
accounts are held?
 
 

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On Behalf Of Darren Mar-Elia
Sent: Monday, April 02, 2007 10:39 AM
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Subject: [gptalk] Re: Internet Explorer Processing Issues - automatic
configuration script 



In general, I have seen problem with IE Maintenance refreshing properly
when the "don't process unless GPOs have changed" default is set-hence
the reason to use this policy below. With respect to the correct
registry keys below, the bottom line is, whatever key the ADM file is
pointing to is the one that should be set. If its not being set, then
something is wrong with GP processing for that computer. The fact that
you can also set this option within the GPExtensions key is useful but
it should not replace the key in the ADM file. One typically trumps the
other. However, if you can't get the Policies key to be set, then
setting this through a custom ADM in the GPExtensions key is probably
the next best thing to do.

 

 

 

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On Behalf Of Buonora, Craig (GE, Research, consultant)
Sent: Monday, April 02, 2007 7:22 AM
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Subject: [gptalk] Re: Internet Explorer Processing Issues - automatic
configuration script 

 

Hello Darren:

 

The article I posted is for January 2007 [
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306915].  The article I found you may be
referencing is March 2003
{http://technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsServer/en/library/6d6a13b1-b170-4f
d2-a022-a2b1af52beae1033.mspx?mfr=true]. 

 

Not sure but looks like a Microsoft issue. Have you encountered this at
all where the automatic configuration script dtring does not refresh
unless the registry key has been changed to "0"?  The registry path you
stated I do not have anywhere in my registry on any machine, I also
verified that the default securty settings are set, so everyone,
computers and users should be getting this setting if your registry path
is correct [Authenticated Users is set to read and apply].

 

Any additional thoughts?

 

Thanks,

 

Craig

 

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On Behalf Of Darren Mar-Elia
Sent: Monday, April 02, 2007 9:11 AM
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Subject: [gptalk] Re: Internet Explorer Processing Issues - automatic
configuration script 

No, you don't need loopback. That setting is per-computer because its
controlling per-computer CSE behavior. There's really no relationship
between that and IE Maintenance policy. You just need to make sure that
if you are setting IE Maintenance processing behavior, you are setting
it on a GPO that is linked to apply to any computers that users who get
IE maintenance policy will logon to. 

 

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On Behalf Of Buonora, Craig (GE, Research, consultant)
Sent: Monday, April 02, 2007 5:43 AM
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Subject: [gptalk] Re: Internet Explorer Processing Issues - automatic
configuration script 

 

Darren thanks again for the reply.

 

Maybe you can help me understand something, not sure if I am making a
mistake with my GPO or not. This setting for IE is a user based policy,
as such the GPO is linked to the Users OU. If I set the setting Computer
Configuration\Admin Templates\System\Group Policy\IE Maintenance Policy
Processing which is in the Computer section of the GPO do I need to set
loopback also [Which I did and set to merge]. 

 

Also, the registry key you stated below does not exist on my machine.

 

Thanks,

Craig

 

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On Behalf Of Darren Mar-Elia
Sent: Friday, March 30, 2007 6:08 PM
To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [gptalk] Re: Internet Explorer Processing Issues - automatic
configuration script 

That KB seems a little odd, considering that this is already supported
in Computer Configuration\Admin Templates\System\Group Policy\IE
Maintenance Policy Processing. If you use that policy, the value is set
under HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Group
Policy\{A2E30F80-D7DE-11d2-BBDE-00C04F86AE3B} and that value is supposed
to override the value listed in your KB article. 

 

Darren

 

 

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On Behalf Of Buonora, Craig (GE, Research, consultant)
Sent: Friday, March 30, 2007 12:22 PM
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Subject: [gptalk] Re: Internet Explorer Processing Issues - automatic
configuration script 

 

This is the article and method to which Microsoft is pointing at to use,
not the registry path is the same as the one I wrote below.

 

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306915

 

I'd rather an ADM fix than change keys in everyone's registry. any other
ideas?

 

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From: gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
On Behalf Of Darren Mar-Elia
Sent: Friday, March 30, 2007 10:07 AM
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Subject: [gptalk] Re: Internet Explorer Processing Issues - automatic
configuration script 

Craig-

When you set the "Process even if the Group Policy objects have not
changed" policy, its not setting it under the GPExtensions key. It is
setting it under a Policies key (don't have it off hand but you can look
in the ADM for the location). That's probably why you are not seeing it.
The CSE will look in the Policies key preferentially for that setting.
Now I'm not sure why setting the policy does not force the behavior.  In
your example, "Not Configured" doesn't effect a policy that is
configured, even if there are 20 of them. So it should work unless that
policy is being filtered out by something.

 

Darren

 

 

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On Behalf Of Buonora, Craig (GE, Research, consultant)
Sent: Friday, March 30, 2007 5:55 AM
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Subject: [gptalk] Re: Internet Explorer Processing Issues - automatic
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Darren thanks. I did do some testing and with that option checked
(Process even if the Group Policy objects have not changed) that
registry key does NOT change to "0" like it would need to in order for
the GPO to process regardless if the GPO changed or not. 

 

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows
NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\GPExtensions\{A2E30F80-D7DE-11d2-BBDE-00C04F8
6AE3B}]

 

"NoGPOListChanges"=dword:00000001

 

If I manually change this key to "0", then the GPO DOES process
regardless, if I do not manually change it withing the registry, the GPO
does NOT do it? What am I missing if anything here. I have seen numerous
web sites on this issue and without a resolution except for manually or
programatically changes that value to 0. Not sure why my GPO does not do
it.

 

If have 20 something GPO, all except for this one are "Not Configured".
Does that mean if this one is configured and the others are not the
others will override this one?

 

Thanks,

 

Craig

 

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From: gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
On Behalf Of Darren Mar-Elia
Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2007 3:19 PM
To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [gptalk] Re: Internet Explorer Processing Issues - automatic
configuration script 

Craig-

If you have a GPO that is turning off NoGPOListChanges (by setting it to
1) then you should see that in GPResults. You can also try downloading
and running my GPExpert Health Reporter product (
www.sdmsoftware.com/products.php) against that system, which will tell
you if that option is set on a given machine for a CSE ( among other
things).

 

Darren

 

 

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On Behalf Of Buonora, Craig (GE, Research, consultant)
Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2007 6:59 AM
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Subject: [gptalk] Internet Explorer Processing Issues - automatic
configuration script 

 

I have an issue where my automatic configuration script does not reset
after the given period of time within the GPO. 

 

Background:

 

The GPO is not in Preference mode as I understand if it was the policy
or the settings would never reset. In the policy also under the Computer
Configuration portion of this GPO I have the options set to Process even
if the Group Policy objects have not changed ; still the settings do not
revert back if a users changes them, unless the users reboots their
machine or does a manual GPO refresh. I have ~ 20 other GPO, this one is
not processed first [I do not believe]. Also, I looked at the
NoGPOListChanges within the registry on a few machines within the same
OU that they GPO is applied. The key is set to "1' which I understand to
mean this option is turned off. 

 

So my question if this key needs to be turned on (set to "0") and I did
this within one (this particular GPO for IE) are my other GPO turning
this option off  which in turn making this option not work? How can I
ensure this option is turned on and stays on? Also, am I correct in
saying this option needs to be turned on? Am I missing something else
within my GPO that would not make this GPO force the change to the
automatic configuration script?

 

Thanks in advance for the help.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Craig

 

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