Hi Katy I’m not sure, but I don’t think that you can configure Outlook settings through GPO’s, but here goes for your Proxy and Desktop settings: For a start you will want to install GPMC, it provides an easier view to Group policies. You cannot compile a new GPO with it, but from there you will be able to link existing gpo’s to you company OU’s. 1.) Download and install the GPMC . 2.) Run mmc and add the Group Policy Management snap-in. 3.) Browse to your forest, domains and select the level that you want to apply the GPO to. (Typically you will have servers and user machines in different OU’s so that you can apply GPO’s independently. ) 4.) Right click the level you want to apply the GPO to and select “Create and link a new gpo here”. 5.) Select a name for your new GPO for ex. Internet access. 6.) Right-click and edit the newly created GPO 7.) This will launch gpedit.msc and you can browse to the settings I will specify below. 8.) Change the settings according to your requirements. 9.) There is no saving the GPO, once a setting has been changed, it will be saved on the domain controller. Internet settings: User configuration - Windows settings - Internet explorer maintenance - connection - proxy settings Desktop: User configuration - Administrative templates - desktop. Try to keep the amount of settings down to a minimum for one GPO, don’t add all settings to one GPO as this will make it difficult to troubleshoot later. The GPO’s should update every 30mins, but you can force the update on a client machine(testing) for Windows XP: gpupdate /force Windows 2000: secedit /refreshpolicy machine_policy /enforce Secedit /refreshpolicy user_policy /enforce Also, logging onto the machine or rebooting will force a policy update. To check the policies that are being applied on a user’s machine do a gpresult. Thank you Henry Botha Onsite Systems Engineer for Digital Mall Integr8 IT (Pty) Ltd Fax: 0866378012 E-mail: henryb@xxxxxxxxx From: gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Katy Wilson Sent: Tuesday, July 08, 2008 12:59 PM To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [gptalk] GPO Newgirl! Hi, Please help me! I’ve been given a project to standardise about 45 machines and 2 Terminal servers over a weekend and I think that using Group Policy is my best option, although I have no experience with it at all so am a bit scared! What we have: Windows 2003 terminal servers Laptops/Desktops mostly XP but a few Win2000. Office 2000, Outlook 2003 (a couple of Outlook 2000’s) What I have to do: Desktop Settings: Rollout new company logo to each machine and force it as desktop Force Marquee screensaver with the same comment on each machine Microsoft Word: Force Template path Force standard font/size/styles Outlook: Disable signatures Force Spell Checker on Force standard font for new emails and replies Internet Explorer (some with v6 and a few v7): Change connection settings from Automatic to a Proxy server with exceptions Force a new default home page I just have no idea where to start with all this so would love your advice please! Thank you so much 'Your Payroll Partner' Katy Wilson Network Analyst Employer Services Ltd. William Hunter House 20 Western Road Brentwood Essex CM14 4SR Katy.Wilson@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx www.employerservices.co.uk Tel: 01277 230656 Fax: 01277 230782 Employer Services Ltd. registered in England. Registered number: 03802573. Registered Office: 66 North Quay, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. NR30 1HE This e-mail and any attachments are confidential and may well also be legally privileged. If you have received it in error, you are on notice of its status. Please notify us immediately by reply e-mail and then delete this message from your system. Please do not copy it or use it for any purposes, or disclose its contents to any other person: to do so could be a breach of confidence. Thank you for your co-operation. Please contact us on +44 (0)1277 230656 or email postmaster@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx if you need assistance.