FAQ: Can't access server with Windows 2003 and IE

On Windows 2003, I can't access the Sawmill server using Internet Explorer. Why not?

Short Answer

The "Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration" may be enabled, blocking access; uninstall it or add to the trusted sites.

Long Answer

Windows 2003 starts up with Internet Explorer "locked down" in a highly secure mode where only certain sites are accessible. In particular, Sawmill's default URL cannot be accessed by Internet Explorer.

To enable access to Sawmill from Internet Explorer, do this:

  1. Go to Internet Explorer.
  2. Go to the Tools menu.
  3. Choose Internet Options.
  4. Click the Security tab.
  5. Click the Trusted Sites icon.
  6. Click the Sites button.
  7. Add to the list.

Now you should be able to access Sawmill with Internet Explorer.

Alternatively, use a different browser which does not restrict access.

Alternatively, go to the Add/Remove Programs control panel and uninstall "Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration".