When Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration is enabled, the security settings for all intranet sites are set to High. As a result, you are prompted for your credentials (your user name and password) each time you visit intranet sites that have not been added to the Local intranet zone. If you routinely use intranet sites, and you know those sites are trustworthy, you can add them to the Local intranet zone in Internet Explorer.
- Navigate to the site that you want to add.
- If you are already viewing the site that you want to add, continue to step 2.
- If you know the URL of the site that you want to add, open Internet Explorer, type the site URL in the Address bar, and then wait for the site to load.
- On the File menu, click Add this site to, and then click Local Intranet Zone.
- In the Local intranet dialog box, click Add to move the site to the list, and then click Close.
- Refresh the page to view the site from its new zone.
- Check the Status bar of the browser to confirm that the site is in the Local intranet zone.
- Do not add Internet sites to the Local intranet zone, because your credentials are passed automatically to the site if they are requested.
- A Web page can be part of only one zone at a time — you cannot add a page to both the Trusted sites zone and the Local intranet zone.
- The enhanced security configuration also restricts access to scripts, executable files, and other potentially unsafe files on a UNC path unless it is added to the Local Intranet zone explicitly. For example, if you want to access \\server\share\setup.exe, you must add \\server to the Local intranet zone.
- When you add a Web page to the Local intranet zone, you are adding the domain for that page. Therefore, all pages within that domain are also added. For example, if you add http://YourIntranetServer/SubWeb to your Local intranet zone, you are adding http://YourIntranetServer.
- Internet Explorer maintains two different lists of sites for the Local intranet zone. One list is in effect when the enhanced security configuration is enabled, and a separate list is in effect when the enhanced security configuration is disabled. When you add a Web page to the Local intranet zone, you are adding it only to the list that is currently in effect.
- During installation you can add many sites at one time to the Local intranet zone by using certain settings in unattend.txt. For more information, see the Readme file in Deploy.cab on the Windows product CD. You can also use Group Policy to add and manage multiple sites. For more information, see the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Deployment Kit.