Here are some notes for Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2 that I want to remember.
Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration (IE ESC, Server 2012 R2): As with previous server releases, Microsoft recommends to AVOID using the web browser on your Windows Server systems. If you need to use IE on Server 2012.x, Disable IE ESC using Server Manager under the “Local Server” page.
Internet Explorer 11 Flash Player Add-On is built-in only
- Windows Server 2012 R2 is missing Flash Player for IE 11 in the default install. Add the “Desktop Experience” feature which provides the Flash Player Add-On for IE 11 in Windows Server 2012.x.
- Add Feature – User Interfaces … – Desktop Experience (then reboot)
Snipping Tool is missing from default Server 2012.x Install. Add it with the “Desktop Experience” – same as IE 11 Flash above.
Unsigned Device Drivers are NOT permitted in Server 2012 R2 / Windows 8.1. System must be booted into special “Disable Driver Signature Enforcement” mode of “Recovery Environment” to workaround (or stick to signed or built-in drivers).
- Settings – Update & Recovery – Advanced Options – Startup Settings – Restart
- Select “Disable Driver Signature Enforcement” option
- Install the unsigned driver(s)
- Reboot and test
Internet Explorer Compatibility View Settings. If a site does not work correctly in Internet Explorer, it may be depending on behavior from a previous version. Add the site domain to the compatibility view settings list to force IE to behave like Internet Explorer 5.5 / 6 / 7 – this will fix most quirky sites. If a user or document requests an old version of IE, the compatibility view settings should resolve the issue with the current IE release.
- Add the “broken” site domain to your IE 11 compatibility view settings list.
- Close all Internet Explorer windows and start with a fresh IE 11 browsing session
- Test the quirky site to make sure that the compatibility view fixes the issue.
Manage Wireless Network Profiles in Windows 8.1 – Command-Line Required! You can still delete unused wireless profiles and change the profile order (priority) using netsh wlan commands delete profile and set profileorder. The beloved “Manage Wireless Networks” GUI has been removed – please bring it back Microsoft! At least the CLI is still here to get the job done.
- Windows 8.1 tips: Managing Wireless Network Profiles (blogs.technet.com)