In this series, I take a closer look at the Microsoft Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration (IE ESC) feature on Windows Server. As I outlined in my previous posts, there are several ways to disable IE ESC. Most sites recommend to just disable IE ESC in Server Manager if this “feature” gets on your nerves. However, in some environments unchecking the “Continue to prompt when website content is blocked” option might be a better solution. In this post, I will explore this option.
In my last post, I blogged about the real reason why admins are tortured with Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration (IE ESC) on Windows Server, and I discussed the different methods of how to turn it off. Today I show you how to leverage Group Policy to disable IE ESC.
For many admins, Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration (IE ESC) is a mystery. What is it actually for? For enhancing the security of Internet Explorer? Nobody seriously believes that. The accurate name for this “feature” would be “Internet Explorer Limited Usability.” If IE ESC is enabled, Internet Explorer is essentially disabled because you can no longer use it in a reasonable way.
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