How to: Unblock the download of the remote tools on Windows Server

The default security settings in Internet Explorer on Windows Server can make it time-consuming to download components such as the remote tools.

  • Enhanced Security Configuration is enabled on Internet Explorer, which prevents you from opening websites and accessing web resources unless the domain containing the resource is explicitly allowed (that is, trusted). Although you can disable this setting, we do not recommend it because it can present a security risk.

  • On Windows Server 2016, a default setting in Internet Options > Security > Internet > Custom Level > Downloads also disables file downloads. If you choose to download the remote tools directly on Windows Server, you must enable file download.

To download the tools on Windows Server, we recommend one of the following:

  • Download the remote tools on a different computer such as the one running Visual Studio, and then copy the .exe file to Windows Server.

  • Run the remote debugger from a file share on your Visual Studio machine.

  • Download the remote tools directly on Windows Server and accept the prompts to add trusted sites. Modern websites often include many third-party resources, so this can result in numerous prompts. In addition, any redirected links may need to be added manually. You can choose to add some of the trusted sites before beginning the download. Go to Internet Options > Security > Trusted Sites > Sites and add the following sites.

    • visualstudio.microsoft.com
    • download.visualstudio.microsoft.com
    • about:blank

    For older versions of the debugger on my.visualstudio.com, add these additional sites to make sure that login is successful:

    • microsoft.com

    • go.microsoft.com

    • download.microsoft.com

    • my.visualstudio.com

    • login.microsoftonline.com

    • login.live.com

    • secure.aadcdn.microsoftonline-p.com

    • msft.sts.microsoft.com

    • auth.gfx.ms

    • app.vssps.visualstudio.com

    • vlscppe.microsoft.com

    • query.prod.cms.rt.microsoft.com

      If you choose to add these domains while downloading the remote tools, then choose Add when prompted.

      Blocked content dialog box

      When you download the software, you get some additional requests to grant permission to load various web site scripts and resources. On my.visualstudio.com, we recommend that you add the additional domains to make sure that login is successful.