How to Block Websites Through Group Policy

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How to Block Websites Through Group Policy
Server administrators can block websites from workstations through group policy. (computer keyboard image by Tom Curtis from

In the Windows Server operating system, you can set up a group policy that will manage the settings on all of the computers in your domain. If you want to control the web browsing abilities of your users, you can configure your group policy to block certain websites from workstations. Before the website blocks can be added to the group policy, you must set them up in Internet Explorer on your server.

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  • PC server running Windows Server 2003 or later

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  1. 1

    Launch Internet Explorer on your PC server.

  2. 2

    Go to "Tools" in the menu bar and select "Internet Options."

  3. 3

    Go to the "Security" tab, click on "Restricted Sites" and then specify which websites you want to block through the group policy.

  4. 4

    Open the "Start" menu, expand the "Administrative Tools" submenu and select "Group Policy Object Editor."

  5. 5

    Navigate to the "User Configuration\Windows Settings\Internet Explorer Maintenance\Security" directory on the left side of the window.

  6. 6

    Double-click on the item labelled "Security Zones and Content Ratings."

  7. 7

    Select the "Import the current security zones and privacy settings" radio button.

  8. 8

    Press "OK" to save the group policy configuration. The blocked sites that you set up in Internet Explorer will now be applied to all of the workstations in your domain.

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