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Letting Users Set their Own Home Page

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By Steven McKibben

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Posted: 27 Feb 2003

Originally we forced all our users to have their browser's home page set to an internal server. However, this did not work for all users, so we decided to let them choose their own home pages.

We ran into a problem. Once I removed the original setting from the policy, IE automatically set the user's home page to For users without internet access it would cause IE to prompt for a proxy signon.

SOLUTION: I created a ZEN Application object that checked the user's home page:

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
Start Page = http:\\www.[homepage].com

If their home page equaled http:\\ it would change it back to the internal server. If it was set to something else, such as it would leave it alone. If there was a user who set a home page, it would stick. And users who only had "IE" access to internal servers would stop being prompted for proxy access.

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