Disable Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration in Windows Server 2016

Enhanced Security Configuration (IE ESC) is designed to protect a server from dangerous websites capable to infect system with malware. You need to add a website to the Trusted sites zone to open all its content in IE. Enhanced Security Configuration is enabled by default in Internet Explorer on Windows Server 2016. In most cases such security restrictions are really helpful. But in some cases you might want to allow Internet Explorer open all websites including all third-party content without adding them as trusted ones. Here is how to disable Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration in Windows Server 2016. 

Here is an example. When Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration is enabled you see this start page when you launch IE:

res://iesetup.dll/HardAdmin.htm

iesetup.dll HardAdmin When you try to open a website, you will see a pop-up window telling you Content from the website listed below is being blocked by the IE ESC:content of the website is being blocked Here you need to either click Add to add the website to the Trusted sites zone or click Close to open in a restricted mode. In the last case a part of webpage content (such as JavaScript or web fonts) will be unavailable. Consequently, the majority of websites will loose a part of their functionality.

How to disable Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration (IE ESC) on Windows Server 2016

  1. Click the Start Button and Launch Server Manager

    Server Manager Windows Server 2016

    Server Manager in Windows Server 2016

  2. Head to Local Server.
  3. Find IE Enhanced Security Configuration and click on OnServer manager - local server
  4. Turn off IE ESC for Administrators and/or for Users and click OKdisable enhanced security configuration ie esc windows server 2016
  5. Be sure to restart Internet Explorer!

Now when you launch IE you will see soft configuration page telling you Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration is not enabled:

res://iesetup.dll/HardAdmin.htm
softadmin server 2016

Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration is not enabled

You can visit all websites without adding them to Trusted sites zone:

website opens normally when IE ESC is disabled

Website opens normally when IE ESC is disabled

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