This issue will really only affect people in a corporate environment where there is a requirement to log requests from Google and log on a proxy server what users search for. Back in Sept 2013 Google forced everyone to use HTTPS searches, this results in the search request not been logged on internal proxy servers etc. All requests to http://www.google.co.uk are been redirected to https://www.google.co.uk

Here is the steps to resolve this issue in a corporate environment :-

1. Open DNS, and select “Forward Lookup Zones”

2. Right click and “Create New Zone”

3. Create a new zone called www.google.co.uk

4. Once created go into that zone and create a “A” record to 216.239.32.20 you do not need to give this A record a name.

5. Repeat the above and create a new zone called www.google.com

6. Once created go into that zone and create a “A” record to 216.239.32.20 you do not need to give this A record a name.

7. Await DNS to update

If you now open a web browser and navigate to http://www.google.co.uk it will no longer be redirected to https://www.google.co.uk you will also notice that if users sign in via Google, it signs them in but will keep the connection as HTTP.

By Duncan

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