You have entered an invalid wildcard sequence:

Discussion in 'Server Setup' started by YorS, Aug 12, 2008.

  1. YorS

    YorS Guest

    OK just installed (like an hour ago) Windows server 2003 standard R2.
    After a couple of reboots the system suggests that now would be a good time
    to do updates and since I agree with that I go for it. But try to get to MS
    update and I am told about the problems with ActiveX and that these MS sites
    need to be added to the Trusted sites. OK lets do it. Then I am told: "You
    have entered an invalid wildcard sequence".
    What! I never entered any wildcards. So I try just incase it's backwards, I
    enter, as suggested, "*://*". Hmmmm same error.

    So how does one update their server installation?
    YorS, Aug 12, 2008
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  2. Meinolf Weber, Aug 13, 2008
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  3. YorS

    YorS Guest

    Thanks, but that is where I get this problem. When I try to add a site to
    the trusted list, such as, "", I get the error,
    "You have entered an invalid wildcard sequence"
    YorS, Aug 13, 2008
  4. Hello YorS,

    Try this one:

    WARNING: If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems
    that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot
    guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor
    incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

    To remove the invalid entries from the site list for a zone in Internet Explorer
    5 and later, delete the invalid entries in the registry. The entries are
    listed under the following registry keys:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\ZoneMap\Domains


    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\ZoneMap\Domains

    Best regards

    Meinolf Weber
    Meinolf Weber, Aug 13, 2008
  5. YorS

    Norb Guest

    Has anyone else been able to fix this? This is the first time I've ever seen
    this happen in many builds over the years....
    Norb, Aug 22, 2008
  6. YorS

    Norb Guest

    Actually I found the issue. After realizing I was using a new version of
    HP's Smart Start as the only known variable, I went to HP's site and came up
    with this advisory:

    Mine was a slight variation in that the enhanced security config *was*
    checked so I unchecked it, clicked ok, then went back in and checked it off
    again. Magically all of the initial trusted sites that are already there on
    a normal install reappeared again too.
    Norb, Aug 22, 2008
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