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Good riddance to Internet Explorer Maintenance! For years, IE Maintenance has been so easy to setup but so difficult to troubleshoot or remove. The worse things is that it looks like a policy but acts like a preference. Your first step to migrating off IE Maintenance is to get a list of any GPO that has that CSE configured. Your next step is to decide between administrative templates or Group Policy Preferences. Here is what you need to know to get full use out of Internet Explorer Maintenance Replacements:
By using administrative templates, you gain the ability to configure Internet Explorer from the computer and user side. With around 1,500 ways to configure these administrative templates, you can configure nearly every aspect of Internet Explorer.
Because many of the administrative templates exist on the computer and on the user side, you’ll need to choose where to configure it. To speed up your logins or to standardize on computer locations, configure the computer side administrative templates. Keep in mind that certain settings, like homepages, can only be set on the user side.
Group Policy Preferences
By using Internet Settings under Group Policy Preferences, you can configure Internet Explorer globally using the same Internet Explorer Tools GUI that is on an individual machine. When creating a new preference, you will have the option of configuring: IE 5/6, IE 7, IE 8/9, and IE 10. If you don’t have the IE 10 option, make sure you are using the latest RSAT tools (and a Central Store).
The screenshot above shows an Internet Setting preferences for IE 10. Although the preference GUI is nearly identical to IE, every option has a green or red line attached to it. By default, the home page setting is disabled because it has a red line attached. To enable or disable these settings, use these keys:
- To enable everything on a tab, press F5
- To enable a specific setting, select the setting and press F6
- To disable a specific setting, select the setting and press F7
- To disable everything on a tab, press F8
99% of Internet Explorer can be managed by Administrative Templates and Group Policy Preferences. Certain settings that change the way Internet Explorer looks will require IEAK to manage. These settings include setting a custom browser title or customizing the background/buttons. For a full list of ways to replace Internet Explorer Maintenance, see this link: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj890998.aspx
Most items can also be manually set in the registry. For a list of registry items that you can set, see this link: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc736412(v=WS.10).aspx