Karl's Windows Admin Tips & Tricks

May 5 2011   9:38AM GMT

Disabling Internet Explorer’s enhanced security configuration on 2003 or 2008 server/

Karl Gechlik Karl Gechlik Profile: Karl Gechlik

By default, Windows Server 2003 and 2008 ship with Internet Explorer in enhanced security configuration, which is basically a locked down version that adds a bit of extra security to your servers.

However, if you know what you are doing, you might want to disable IE enhanced security configuration to get rid of the annoying messages. In this post, I will walk you through the steps to disable enhanced security for both Windows 2003 and Windows 2008.

Windows Server 2003 Method

  1. In Windows Server 2003, you can turn off enhanced security for IE by going to Start, Control Panel, and then Add or Remove Programs.
  2. Next, click on Add/Remove Windows Components on the left hand side:
  3. Scroll down to Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration and uncheck the box to turn it off.

In Windows 2008, the process is a little different.

  1. First, go to Start, then Administrative Tools and choose Server Manager.
  2. Under the Security Summary section, click on Configure IE ESC.
  3. A dialog will pop up where you can disable IE ESC for either Administrators or Users. Click Off to turn off IE ESC for whichever group you prefer.

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