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I recently created an Intranet application for my company, but to work properly it must execute an ActiveX control to locally run a program.

However, the only way I found for this to work was using Internet Explorer, and setting Intranet security to a personalized "very low" configuration for being able to execute ActiveX scripts without asking.

I think there is a way to automatically configure IE's settings for all users from Active Directory, but I can't find it. Any help?

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You'll want to push these out through Group Policy. In GPME, User Configuration/Windows Settings/Internet Explorer Maintenance are some options for security and URL options. In User Configuration/Administrative Templates/Windows Components/Internet Explorer are more settings that you can customize. Since you didn't specify what level domain you're in, I'll say that I pulled this from a 2008 DC, but the paths should still be the same.

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In our case Group Policy Management Editor (GPME) is located at: "Start" > "Programs" > "Administrative Tools" > "Domain security policy.msc". Otherwise: "Start" > "Run" > type: mmc+ <kbd>Enter</kbd> > menu: "File" > "Module add/remove" (<kbd>Ctrl</kbd>+<kbd>M</kbd>) > button: "Add" > "Group Policy Managment" > button: "Add" > button: "Close" > button: "Ok". Note: You can save this preset from the "File" menu. Expand: "Group Policy Management" > "Forest: ..." > "Domains" > your domain name > "Group Policy Objects" > right click "Default Domain Policy" > "Edit". –  Pro Backup Mar 15 at 13:03
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You may want to look into setting up some policies for that. I would put that site into the trusted intranet zone and through policy again adjust those settings.

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You could...

  1. Roll out the control using a Electronic Software Distribution tool (SCCM, LanDesk).

  2. Use the ActiveX installer service on Vista/Win7 Clients (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc721964(WS.10).aspx).

We use both

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