I have previously talked about the newÂ Group Policy for IE9 ,however I mention that one of the issues was that there is currently no â€œofficialâ€ support of Group Policy Preferencesâ€¦ Unfortunately there is still no â€œofficialâ€ support but it is now possible if you do some really easy XML editingâ€¦
Mark Heitbrink (fellow Group Policy MVP) has published an article which explains why it does not work and explains briefly how to modify the XML file for Group Policy Preferences so it will apply setting to IE9.
Therefore taking Mark excellent information I have gone thought the process step by step below showing what I think is the easiest way to find and edit the XML file to enable GPP for IE9.
Step by Step enabling GPP for IE9
Step 1. Setup a IE8 Internet Explorer Extension setting that has the setting you want to apply to IE9. (e.g. Home Page)
Step 2. In the same Group Policy Object navigate to User Configuration > Policies > Windows Settings > Scripts (Logon/Logoff) and double click on the Logon (or logoff) option. Then click on the â€œShow Filesâ€ button.
Step 3. Click on â€œUsersâ€ in the Address bar.
Step 4. Then click on the â€œPreferencesâ€ and then â€œInternetSettingsâ€ folder and then right click on the â€œInternetSettingsâ€ file and click on â€œEditâ€.
Now we are looking at the XML that is used to apply the Group Policy Preferences settings. This is where we need to change the version number to support IE9.
Tip: Enable â€œWord Wrapâ€ in notepad to see the text on multiple lines.
Step 5. Change â€œmax=18.104.22.168â€ to â€œ22.214.171.124â€ (see below)
Step 6. Save the file and you are done.
Now you can have the goodness of Group Policy Preferences with IE9, however as the article also said this is NOT supported so please test carefully.
What is also nice about this change is that it will be persistence, so if you make subsequent changes to the same setting you do not need to edit the XML again however you will need to make this change each time you make a new GPP IE Policy setting.
Source: Internet Explorer 9(IE9) Group Policy Preferences (GPP) (Via GPOGuy )