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    Proxy settings checkbox suddenly greyed out on networked machines

    We've just had server 2008 r2 installed on a new server and suddenly the computers are losing the proxy settings. The 'settings' are there but the box is greyed out in the connection settings in internet options... this of course is driving staff crazy and i need a solution asap if poss!! Any idea why it is doing this?? We use GPO's.

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    Hello. You can use GPMC and use Group Policy Results to check which policies are applied to a computer.
    I have attached a screenshot that shows where abouts in a policy the settings are.Proxy settings gpo.jpg

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    Is your GPO populated with your proxy server credentials?

    GPO:
    User configurations > policies > windows settings > Internet Explorer Maintenence > connection / Proxy settings?

    Pop your proxy details in there and allocate to all staff users.

    Sometimes if they dont apply correctly, try and make a new policy
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darylrese View Post
    Is your GPO populated with your proxy server credentials?

    GPO:
    User configurations > policies > windows settings > Internet Explorer Maintenence > connection / Proxy settings?

    Pop your proxy details in there and allocate to all staff users.

    Sometimes if they dont apply correctly, try and make a new policy
    Yeah it's all populated correctly- it's happened since the new server was installed and the policies migrated. Sounds like a new policy would be the way to go- cheers. I'll give it a try and post my results!

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    Quote Originally Posted by marsdenprimary View Post
    Yeah it's all populated correctly- it's happened since the new server was installed and the policies migrated. Sounds like a new policy would be the way to go- cheers. I'll give it a try and post my results!
    Is it a laptop?

    Have you got "wait for network" enabled in the GPO's if not? as it will boot and let you login without being connected to the network.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennda View Post
    Is it a laptop?

    Have you got "wait for network" enabled in the GPO's if not? as it will boot and let you login without being connected to the network.
    It's doing it on all of our machines I've made a new policy now- going to see if it makes a difference. Even gpupdate didn't sort it originally so i suspect the policy may have something to do with it. Corrupted on migration?

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    Quote Originally Posted by marsdenprimary View Post
    It's doing it on all of our machines I've made a new policy now- going to see if it makes a difference. Even gpupdate didn't sort it originally so i suspect the policy may have something to do with it. Corrupted on migration?
    Possibly - although if it did that you wouldn't be able to view in in Group Policy management console (it says its unable to read the policy).

    if you do gpresult /r does it say the policy is applying?

    is the policy enforced?

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    We have actually had this issue where the original GPO didnt apply propperly, second one identical worked OK. No real reason, its happened to drive mappings too. Just delete old and create new.

    Proxy settings are a pain , not sure why.

    Do you want your users to be able to delete the proxy server settings? Are the server details populated or is the greyed out box empty?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darylrese View Post
    We have actually had this issue where the original GPO didnt apply propperly, second one identical worked OK. No real reason, its happened to drive mappings too. Just delete old and create new.

    Proxy settings are a pain , not sure why.

    Do you want your users to be able to delete the proxy server settings? Are the server details populated or is the greyed out box empty?
    The details are populated but the box to turn proxy settings on and off is set to 'off'...VERY weird!

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    Here's are our settings if that helps you

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darylrese View Post
    Here's are our settings if that helps you

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    Yep- all the same here...

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    still no luck in a new GPO?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darylrese View Post
    still no luck in a new GPO?
    Just checking now...

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    Let us know how you get on If not, could be a user permission

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    go into the registry and look for this key

    HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Int ernet Settings look for a reg dword called ProxyEnable and see what the value is set to.

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