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How to disable Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration on a Windows 2008 Server

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Yesterday while trying to work out why VMware update manager hated me and wouldn’t scan any of my hosts, one of the many fixes I was trying was making sure that my VMware Update Manager server could reach the patch stores to download updates and do patch checks and so decided to make sure of this I wanted to remove the painfully irritating Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration. Now before I get loads of comments saying this is dangerous etc etc and that it’s a security risk,I know it is but for testing purposes I wanted to do it so I did. Now the point of this blog is that to disable it isn’t as easy as it used to be in 2003 as you used to just:

  • Go to Control Panel
  • Add/Remove Programs, 
  • Add/Remove Windows Components on the left hand side


  • Untick it from the drop down list


But for Windows Server 2008 I couldn’t find it anywhere in the features drop down lists which has replaced the Windows Components in Server 2008. Fortunately while on another Server 2008 server I noticed the place to disable it. In the Server Manager root page under the Security Information section is Configure IE ESC


All you need to do is click on this link and disable it for either Administrators and/or for Users. I only needed for Administrators so this is what I selected for the testing.


Gregg Robertson




One thought on “How to disable Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration on a Windows 2008 Server

  1. nice.. i had to turn it off in 2008 server but not sure where. your blog helped me

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