How to Set a Proxy in a Group Policy


When a computer connects to the Internet via a proxy, it does not connect directly. The proxy server acts as a go-between. The computer connects to the proxy server, which, in turn, connects to the Internet and passes information back to the computer. Setting up a computer to use a proxy server for Internet access involves reconfiguring a Web browser's connection settings. When these settings are configured through Windows Group Policy editor, the Web browser settings for all users on the computer (or computer network) are configured to connect to a proxy.

Things You'll Need

  • Windows 7 Ultimate, Enterprise, or Professional

Set Internet Explorer Proxy Settings

  • Open the Start menu. Type "gpedit.msc" in the "Search" box. Click "gpedit.msc" in the search results to launch the Group Policy Editor.

  • Click the arrow next to "User Settings" in the console tree, in the left-side window panel, to expand the branch. Expand the "Windows Settings" branch. Expand the "Internet Explorer Maintenance" branch.

  • Highlight "Connection" in the left-side window panel. Double-click "Proxy Settings" in the right-side window panel. A "Proxy Settings" dialog box will open.

  • Put a check mark in the box next to "Enable proxy settings."

  • Type the proxy server's web or IP address in the appropriate "Address of proxy" field box for the protocol the address uses ("http," secure "https," "ftp," gopher, or socks).

  • Enter the port number the proxy uses in the appropriate "Port" field box.

  • Click "Apply" to save and deploy the Internet Explorer group policy proxy settings. Click "OK" to close the Proxy Settings dialog box.

Prevent Users from Changing Proxy Settings

  • Open the Group Policy Editor.

  • Navigate to the "User Configuration" \ "Administrative Templates" \ "Windows Components" branch of the console tree.

  • Highlight "Internet Explorer."

  • Double-click "Disable changing proxy settings" in the right-side window panel. The "Disable changing proxy settings Properties" dialog box will open.

  • Select "Enable." Click "Apply" to save and deploy the group policy. Click "OK" to close the dialog box.

Tips & Warnings

  • Group Policy Editor is not available in Windows 7 Starter or Home Premium editions. And only Internet Explorer's connection settings can be configured in the Group Policy Editor.

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