How to Change Proxy Settings in Group Policy


A proxy server acts as a liaison between a local computer connecting to the Internet and the servers which make up the Internet network. The local computer connects to the proxy; the proxy in turn connects to the Internet and passes information back and forth. Proxy servers are used for a variety of reasons, including to help protect the security of a local computer. A computer's Web browser settings have to be configured to connect to a proxy. Configuring these settings via a group policy allows system administrators to implement proxy settings for a group of users on a local computer or network domain.

Things You'll Need

  • Windows 7 Ultimate, Enterprise or Professional
  • Log into the computer using an account with administrator rights.

  • Open the Start menu. Type "gpedit.msc" in the "Search" box. Click "gpedit.msc" in the search results. The Group Policy Editor will open.

  • Navigate to the "User Settings" > "Windows Settings" > "Internet Explorer Maintenance" > "Connections" branch of the console tree located in the left-side window panel. To expand a folder in the console tree, click on the sideways facing arrow next to the folder. To collapse a folder in the console tree, click on the downward facing arrow next to the folder. To view the Group Policy Object (GPO) contents inside a folder, click directly on the folder. The GPO contents inside the folder appear in the right-side window panel.

  • Right-click "Proxy Settings" in the right-side window panel. Select "Properties" from the shortcut menu.

  • Check the box next to "Enable proxy settings."

  • Enter the details for the new proxy server you want to use. The proxy server's web or IP address goes in the "Address of proxy" box located next to the protocol ("http," secure "https," "ftp," gopher or socks) the proxy uses. The proxy's port number goes in the corresponding "Port" box.

  • Click "Apply." Click "OK."

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