The Enterprise Mode of Internet Explorer 11

Internet Explorer 11 enables Enterprise Mode that is designed to run your browser compatibility on Windows machines 7 or later. This mode allows, when needed, to render websites using a browser configuration that is designed to emulate earlier versions of Internet Explorer, avoiding the most common compatibility issues associated with Web applications written and tested in previous versions of Internet Explorer.

The main features of the Enterprise mode are as follows:

  • Internet Explorer 11 in Enterprise mode uses a configuration xml that is posted on a centralised basis. In the Enterprise environment website that hosts this xml can be configured for Load Balancing and preferably in https.
  • Possibility of arranging the environment to collect detailed information on web pages accessed by Internet Explorer. This information you can write them on the local WMI repository of the machines and collect them using System Center Configuration Manager hardware inventory extension, so they can be consulted through appropriate reporting.

Thanks to this kind of information collected you can get a picture related to the following information:

  • Most accessed sites;
  • Which document mode is loaded by the page and the reason for this choice;
  • Type of ActiveX used;
  • Web pages that cause IE crash or hang;
  • Site in Trusted Site List in order to assess the proper allocation.

How to enable Enterprise mode

The Enterpise Mode can be enabled by using Group Policy or directly from the registry.

Enterprise activation Mode with Group Policy

From the Group Policy editor, enable the following setting: Administrative Templates-Windows Components-Internet Explorer-Use the Enterprise Mode IE website list

Attivazione Enterprise Mode via Registry

Per abilitarlo sul local user:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER-Software-Policies-Microsoft-Internet Explorer-Main-EnterpriseMode

Per abilitarlo a livello macchina:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE-Software-Policies-Microsoft-Internet Explorer-Main-EnterpriseMode

Dati sull’utilizzo di Internet Explorer

Di default IE non colleziona questi dati, but you must enable this feature if it is deemed necessary. By enabling this collection information about sites that you visit using IE are collected locally to the client on the WMI repository or written to an XML file. The harvest takes place in silent mode without any user notification (legal aspects related to the collection of this data). This data is not collected for InPrivate sessions of IE.

Collecting this type of information it is recommended to enable it only when absolutely necessary, on a limited number of car and for a short time, to avoid running out of disk space.

To enable this collection you can use PowerShell script IETElemetrySetUp-WinX.ps1 contained within the package Enterprise Site Discovery or group policy:

Setting name and location


Administrative Templates-Windows Components-Internet Explorer-Turn on WMI output Site Discovery On. Turns on WMI recording.
Off. Turns off WMI recording.
Administrative Templates-Windows Components-Internet Explorer-Turn on Site Discovery XML output XML file path. Including this turns on XML recording.
Blank. Turns off XML recording.

Come abilitare la raccolta dei dati con System Center Configuration Manager

Dopo avere abilitato la scrittura dei dati sul repository WMI del client è possibile utilizzare System Center Configuration Manager per raccogliere (tramite hardware inventory) e consultare questi dati.

You can configure the Configuration Manager side collect this data during Hardware inventory process using either of these methods:

  • MOF editor linking to remote computer (requires the presence of WMI classes on the remote computer to which you connect)
  1. From the Configuration Manager console access the tab Administration, Client Settings and edit the Default Client Settings. Select Hardware Inventory and later Set Classes.

2. Select Add, Connect and connect to your computer with the WMI classes that are already configured for this purpose.

3. Change the WMI Namespace root cimv2-IETelemetry and select Connect:

4. Select the following WMI classes:

  • IESystemInfo
  • IEURLInfo
  • IECountInfo
  • Import the MOF file
  1. From the Configuration Manager console access the tab Administration, Client Settings and edit the Default Client Settings. Select Hardware Inventory and later Set Classes.
  2. Import the MOF file contained within the package Enterprise Site Discovery
  3. Select the classes and continue with the import.
  • Editing the SMS_DEF. MOF
  1. Using a text editor open the file SMS_DEF. MOF It is located in the following directory: <Config_Manager_install_location>-inboxes-src-hinv clifiles.
  2. Add the following text attached to end of file: SMS_DEF_ADD

Consultation reports

Inside the package Enterprise Site Discovery There are also two useful reports you can import SQL Server instance SCCM Reporting (SCCM_Report-Site_Discovery.rdl and SCCM Report Sample – ActiveX.rdl). Before you import the rdl file must be modified by changing the references to the database name [CM_A1B] returning the correct name for your SCCM implementation.

SCCM Report Sample – Site Discovery.rdl

Provides a list of all the sites visited by the client with the appropriate information:

SCCM Report Sample – ActiveX.rdl

A list of all ActiveX used in site visited from the client computer:

Other information

  • To manually edit the publication compatibility level of every website and test its functionality, you can do this by pressing F12 after opening IE11 and acting on the following button:

  • All Intranet website by default are set in compatibility mode. To avoid this behavior, you can use the option: “Display intranet websites in Compatibility View ".



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