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Automatically building a Microsoft BI machine using PowerShell – Disabling Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration (post #6)

This post is #6 in the series to automatically build a Microsoft BI machine using PowerShell – see the start of series.

In this series so far:

Start of series – introduction and layout of subjects
Post #2 – Preparation: install files using Azure disk
Post #3 – Preparation: install files using Azure File Service
Post #4 –Preparation: logging infrastructure
Post #5 – Master script

In this step we will disable the Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration. In general IEESC is a great idea, but on demo machines it is not very useful and makes the demo less usable. This script comes from http://itproctology.blogspot.nl/2013/09/powershell-to-disable-ie-enhanced.html:

#Disables Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration
#source: http://itproctology.blogspot.nl/2013/09/powershell-to-disable-ie-enhanced.html
Function DisableIEESC {
    Write-Log -Verbose "Step 1: Disable Internet Explorer Enhanced Security"
    try {
        $AdminKey = “HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Active Setup\Installed Components\{A509B1A7-37EF-4b3f-8CFC-4F3A74704073}”
        $UserKey = “HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Active Setup\Installed Components\{A509B1A8-37EF-4b3f-8CFC-4F3A74704073}”
        Set-ItemProperty -Path $AdminKey -Name “IsInstalled” -Value 0
        Set-ItemProperty -Path $UserKey -Name “IsInstalled” -Value 0
        Stop-Process -Name Explorer
        Write-Log -Verbose  "IE ESC succesfully disabled"
        if ($global:DoAllTasks) {
            Set-Restart-AndResume $global:script "2"
        }
    }
    catch {
        Write-Log -Verbose  "Failed to disable IE ESC. Error: $_.Exception.Message"
    }
}

Next step: set up Active Directory.

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