When users open up IE on my terminal server, they are seeing the IE ESC warning instead of their home page:

Enhanced Security Configuration is not enabled

Here's some of the relevant facts:

  • OS is Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Home page is specified in the GPO (http://intranet)
  • If user hits the Home button, it indeed takes them to the intranet page, so I know the GPO is working
  • Loopback processing is enabled in Replace mode (no profile leakage from the user's OU)
  • The message only appears the first time they use IE after their user profile gets built. Subsequent logons take them straight to the home page.
  • The RDS is a six-server farm, and they see the message once for each server. Therefore, from the user's perspective, it appears to happen randomly.

How do I suppress this warning for users?


I found the answer. I set a group policy registry preference under the User Configuration to delete the following registry value:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main

Delete the value "First Home Page"


We don't use terminal services, so I'm not sure if this will work, but have you tried configuring Prevent running First Run wizard? It is located at Computer Configuration | Policies | Administrative Templates | Windows Components/Internet Explorer. Set this to go directly to home page.

Additionally, try setting the Specify default behavior for a new tab to home page as well.

You may also be able to force this through the use of a preference, located at User Configuration | Preferences | Windows Settings | Internet Settings.

  • The GPO where the home page is specified is actually a comprehensive set of IE policies that includes the settings you mentioned, specified in the user configuration (so it can be set to not apply to admins). A gpresult confirms that they're being applied. The preference idea is a good one though. I just don't know what key/value to set. – Wes Sayeed Jul 1 '14 at 22:33

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