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Disable IE Enhanced Security on a Windows 2012 Remote Desktop Server

Ever since Windows 2003 Microsoft has implemented a facility which enhances the security of Internet Explorer.

As a general rule you should keep this security in place on servers but there are some instances such as remote desktop servers where you may want to disable this enhanced security.

The following instructions for Windows Server 2012

 

Instructions for Administrators

 

Log into your server as an administrator

Open up Server Manager

From the left menu select "Local Server"

From the pane on the right select the IE Enhanced Security Configuration by clicking on the word "On"

 

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The following screen will open

Notice you will have the option of truning off the Enhanced security for either Administrators or General users or both

 

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Press OK and you are done

Your users will most likely need to follow these next instructions

 

 

Instructions for End Users

 

Open up Internet Explorer and from the top right menu select "Settings" and "Internet Options"

 

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Select the "Advanced" Tab

Press the "Reset" button

 

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Tick the "Delete personal settings" option and press the "Reset" button

 

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Internet Explorer will now be reset to it's initial settings

 

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You may get a message stating that your server will need to be restarted. In most cases you can ignore this. Only advise your administrator to restart your server if you cannot browse the Internet normally

 

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