Windows Server 2003: Unable to Connect to the Internet

A few months back, when I first moved over to working on Windows SharePoint Services, I decided to turn one of my work computers into a WSS box. I later decided to install a Virtual PC profile on the machine instead. But my new manager forwarded me a few tips concerning issues he'd run into when he initially installed Windows Server 2003. These were things that the Help Desk was, well, less than helpful in fixing.

So I thought I'd put them out here, in case someone with the same problems runs across them.

Here's the first:

Once he had Windows Server 2003 installed, he couldn't connect to the Internet at all. What's more, anytime he browsed to an intranet site, he was prompted for his username and password for each site the master page was linking to.

Turns out he needed to adjust his internet security configuration. Here's how:

1. On the Start menu, point to Settings and click Control Panel.

2. Double-click Add or Remove Programs.

3. Click Add/Remove Windows Components.

4. In the Windows Components Wizard, de-select Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration and then click Next.