Monday, May 24, 2010

Browser Settings for Sitecore

I am a big fan of using a virtualized development environment (I use VirtualBox). By running everything in a virtual machine, it's much easier to test systems, upgrade software, and keep my laptop from getting cluttered. For me, the greatest advantage of working in a virtual machine is that I can easily roll-back changes I've made.

But working in a virtual machine has resulted in me installing a lot more software than I would have otherwise. Today, most installers are pretty streamlined and don't require much more than a little patience.

Sometimes steps are required that cannot be handled by an installer and must be performed manually. One of my least favorite of these is Internet Explorer configurations.

Sitecore recommends Internet Explorer be configured in a certain way. The Internet Explorer Configuration Reference available on SDN explains how and why.

The following code can be copied into a reg file and run in order to set the browser settings recommended in the SDN reference. I'm including this information for demonstration purposes only. Use at your own risk.

UPDATED: 09/17/2010 - Certain revisions of Sitecore 6.2 and 6.3 may be easier to navigate if the option "allow script-initiated windows without size or position constraints" is disabled. The settings below set that value to enabled.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Zones\2]
"DisplayName"="Trusted sites"
"PMDisplayName"="Trusted sites [Protected Mode]"
"Description"="This zone contains websites that you trust not to damage your computer or data."


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