Windows Server 2008 Desktop Evaluation Experience IV – Configuring IE ESC

In the last posts we changed the Windows Server 2008 to a close to desktop machine. Microsoft ships its servers with an additional feature, which is very useful for the end user, but appears to be a nag at times. It is the Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration, also known as IE ESC.

To disable IE ESC, open the Server Manager, and click on ‘Security Information’ in ‘Server Summary’ tab. The last link to right is for configuring IE ESC.

The IE ESC can be turned off for Users or Administrators or both. It is not recommended to turn it off and the System Administrator should be consulted before changing these settings.

After you disable the IE ESC, when you open Internet Explorer, the home page will be changed to “iesetup.dll/softadmin.htm”. This is to tell administrators and users that the IE Enhanced Security Configuration is disabled.

Go to ‘Tools’ on the right corner of the toolbar. Choose Internet Options, the last item on the list.

On the Internet Options Dialogue box, click the ‘Use Blank’ in the Home page tabs and remove all other entries. This will help you get rid of the IE ESC page which shows every time you start Internet Explorer.

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