We at IE8 blog are always looking for tools to make life easier. During one of our usual surfing episodes we found a very interesting tool that has promise in easing the zone nightmare we find our selves in from time to time.
Those that have been dealing with Internet Explorer for any length of time know that the IE Zone feature is our best friend MOST of the time. Not only do we protect users from the bad guys but control how various sites will function simply based on a particular zone such as automatic logon if intranet.
We hope someone out there that is struggling with a particular site finds this tool useful
Feel free to post your feedback on your experiences. As we learn more about the tool we will update this posting.
The following is the full article we found with link back to the Microsoft folks, http://blogs.technet.com/fdcc/archive/2009/10/01/viewing-and-comparing-ie-security-zone-settings.aspx
Viewing and Comparing IE Security Zone Settings
The Security tab of the Internet Explorer Properties dialog shows security settings for the Internet, Intranet, Trusted Sites and Restricted Sites zones. However:
The attached utility “IE Zone Comparer” was designed to overcome these limitations and provide additional visibility into security zone settings. Pick any two collections of security zone settings, and IE Zone Comparer displays the values of those settings, highlighting any differences between the two collections.
IE Zone Comparer requires .NET 2.0 or higher; it does not require administrative privileges.
How to use it:
Click “Pick Zones…” from the toolbar. The following dialog will appear:
The Effective Settings label indicates whether User settings are used or ignored. Refer to this blog post which discusses precedence order of the various policies and preferences.
For each column, there are two dropdowns. The first dropdown lets you select Templates, Machine Policy, Machine Preferences, User Policy, User Preferences, or FDCC Q1 2009 Policies. If you select Templates, the second dropdown lets you select one of the security zone templates (High, Medium-High, Medium, etc.); if you select Policies or Preferences, the second dropdown lets you select any of the five standard zones or five lockdown zones. (See this post for more information about all those zones.)
Click “OK” on the “Pick items…” dialog, and the selected settings will be rendered in the list view. Items that are present in both columns but with different values will be highlighted in yellow. Items that are present only in one column will be grayed in the other column.
To find a particular item with a partial text search, press Ctrl+F (or the “binoculars” toolbar dropdown). The text search is case-insensitive and searches in all columns from the currently-selected row down. Press F3 to repeat the last search from the current location.
Enter a URL in the text area in the toolbar and click “Map URL to Zone”: IE Zone Comparer will tell you in what security zone IE would render that URL.
The Help/About toolbar button includes some helpful links for more information about IE security zones and URL actions.
Some Example scenarios for the IE Zone Comparer
Published Thursday, October 01, 2009 6:27 PM by Aaron Margosis