MS IE 7 and Virtual Server 2005 R2 Administration Site Authentication

For many months now I’ve been re-entering username/password for MS Virtual Server Admin Web site many times a day. I thought I was too busy to fix it. All right, once or twice I did try to find a way, but I failed. Well, today I couldn’t take it any more.

I feel better about the thing now that I know I’m not the only one. They say “..while we were developing Virtual Server we actually tested out all the above [FQDN, hostname, localhost, loopback, that is] options – and each one had its own set of problems and edge cases where it wouldn’t work quite right. “. Perhaps, but how about offering some choices? And re-entering the darn password 20 times a day isn’t quite right either.

My environment: Virtual Server 2005 R2 (x86) host with all-default settings (except that it has MS Internet Explorer 7); this host is also Domain Controller. This is a one-computer test domain. I connect to it via RDP and then run MS IE to manage Virtual Server.

There’s a workaround that looks like it could work posted here.

Another one, which I use and does work for me, is to go to your Virtual Server’s Web site properties, uncheck (disable) Integrated Windows Authentication and check (enable) Basic Authentication. After you restart the site, MS IE 7.0 remembers the password – all it takes to proceed is to hit Enter. Yes, the username/password combo is transmitted in clear text, it’s a bad practice, but who cares – it’s just a personal test server on my LAN.

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