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Stage 3: Customizing Setup

In this stage of the Internet Explorer Customization wizard, corporate administrators can determine the way that Setup will appear and work:

  • Customize the CD-ROM Autorun screen if you are creating a CD-ROM package.

  • Customize additional CD-ROM options if you are creating a CD-ROM package.

  • Customize Windows Update Setup Wizard for Internet Explorer and Other Internet Tools.

  • Determine whether you want to install the package "silently," with few or no prompts to the user.

  • Specify up to ten installation options and determine which components are included with each option.

  • Specify up to ten sites from which your package will be downloaded. You can specify up to ten sites, unless you are a corporate administrator performing a silent install.

  • Specify how users will receive updates to their components.

  • Specify where you want Internet Explorer to be installed on your users' computers and whether users can change the installation location.

  • Determine whether users can customize Setup, whether uninstall information is installed, whether Internet Explorer can be installed side-by-side with a previous version, and whether Internet Explorer is the default browser.

  • Specify that Setup detects if a component exists and fine-tune which components users can customize.

  • Determine whether components you've downloaded, but haven't added to all packages, will be made available to users through the Automatic Install feature.

  • Import a custom profile from or create a new profile with the Connection Manager Administration Kit (CMAK). The CMAK is installed with the Internet Explorer Administration Kit.

  • Specify whether you want to integrate Web browser functionality into your desktop and folders. This functionality is integrated into Windows 98.

  • Specify certification authority information, if you have a digital certificate, so you can sign programs as you build your Internet Explorer Administration Kit package.

Notes:

  • The UNIX functionality in the Internet Explorer Administration Kit supports the more common UNIX method of installing the customized product on only a few servers. Users can then run Internet Explorer from this location rather than installing the product locally. This configuration is recommended for UNIX installations. Internet Explorer 5 Setup, which downloads .cab files, is not available on UNIX operating systems.

  • Unlike Internet Explorer 32-bit versions of the browser, 16-bit and UNIX versions of the browser do not perform digital signature verification. Programs or cabinet files for these operating systems do not need to be signed.

Customize Setup

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You can customize how Setup appears to your users. You can change the title bar and the graphic that appears when users run the Windows Update Setup wizard. If you provide a group of customized components, you can assign a name to them.

Option

Explanation

Setup wizard title bar text

This text appears in the title bar of the Setup wizard your users run. This text does not appear in the title bar of the customized browser. You can customize the browser title later in the Internet Explorer Customization wizard.

Left Setup wizard bitmap path

These graphics will customize the appearance of the Setup wizard. You should avoid using graphics with complex lines and patterns. 32-bit versions of the browser: The Setup wizard contains two 256-color bitmaps. The left vertical bitmap (on the first Setup wizard page) is 162 x 312 pixels. The top horizontal bitmap (on the remaining Setup wizard pages) is 496 x 56 pixels. The horizontal graphic appears behind some Setup instructions, so use a bitmap that won't interfere with readability. 16-bit versions of the browser: The Setup wizard contains one bitmap that is 162 x 312 pixels. A 16-color bitmap is recommended.

Top Banner Setup wizard bitmap path

Type the path to a bitmap or click Browse to locate the path to the image. The bitmap must be 496 x 96 pixels.

Custom Components Installation Title

You can install custom components when you install the customized browser. If you have specified more than one custom component, you can name them as a group; for example, you might have a group of components named Volcano Coffee Company Inventory Programs. This name appears in the Setup wizard when your users install their custom packages. Enter the title you want to appear.

Silent Install

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This screen allows administrators to specify how much interaction users can have with the installation.

  • If you want to provide an interactive installation for your users, in which they make installation decisions, click Interactive install.

  • If you want to provide a "hands-free" installation, in which users aren't prompted to make decisions but are informed of the installation progress and errors, click Hands-free install.

  • If you want your users to install the customized browser without receiving prompts, click Completely silent install. You should select this option when you want to control all setup options and suppress feedback to the user. Selecting this check box is the same as installing Internet Explorer with the /Q:A switch. This mode is not interactive, and users will not have control over its progress. If installation does not finish successfully, users will not see an error message. You might consider using this feature for installations deployed when the user is not present. To fine-tune the installation, you can use additional Internet Explorer batch setup switches.

A silent installation (Hands-free or Completely silent) does the following:

  • Answers prompts that enable Setup to continue.

  • Accepts the license agreement.

  • Specifies that Internet Explorer will be installed and not just downloaded.

  • Carries out the type of installation that you specify (such as Standard or Custom). You will set this option later in the Internet Explorer Customization wizard.

  • Installs Internet Explorer in the location you specify, unless Internet Explorer is already installed. In that case, the new version of the browser is installed in the same location as the previous version.

  • Connects to the first download site specified in the Internet Explorer Administration Kit. You will provide a list of download sites later in the Customization wizard.

Note: In a silent install, you can specify only one installation option and one download site for your users.

Installation Options

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You can specify up to ten installation options, such as Standard and Custom, and determine which standard and custom components are installed with each. If you are a corporate administrator and you have specified a silent installation, you will have only one option. For the UNIX version of Internet Explorer, you will determine which available components will be a part of your Setup package. To move items from the Components available area to the Components to install area, click the arrows.

Option

Explanation

Option

Select the default installation option you want, or click New to create a new setup option. Type the description for the option, and then add or remove the components you want by clicking the arrows. Corporate administrators might want to specify setup options for different branches of your company.

Description

Type a description of the installation option, such as a list of components and programs that are installed. This text appears in the Windows Update Setup wizard that users will see. Provide enough information so that users can make a decision about which software to install.

Components available

The list of available components includes the Internet Explorer components you have downloaded and any custom components you have defined. To add components to this list, return to Stage 2 of the wizard.

Components to Install

This list shows the components that will be installed with the option that appears in the Option box. Click the single arrows to add or remove a single component or the double arrows to add or remove all available components.

Note: If you are installing Internet Explorer 5 on a computer that has never run Internet Explorer 4, and you want your users to have channels, add the Offline Browsing Pack to your installation.

Available Components

In addition to being able to specify up to ten custom components (see Add Custom Components in Stage 2), the Internet Explorer Administration Kit includes the following component options:

AOL ART Image Format Support

Internet Explorer Browsing Enhancements

Offline browsing pack

Arabic Text Display Support

Internet Explorer core fonts

Outlook Express

Chat 2.5

Internet Explorer Help

Pan-European Text Display Support

Chinese (Simplified) Text Display Support

Japanese Text Display Support

Thai Text Display Support

Chinese (Simplified) Text Input Support

Japanese Text Input Support

Vector Graphics Rendering (VML)

Chinese (Traditional) Text Display Support

Korean Text Display Support

VRML 2.0 Viewer

Chinese (Traditional) Text Input Support

Korean Text Input Support

Vietnamese Text Display Support

DCOM for Windows 95

Language Auto-Selection

Visual Basic Scripting Support

DirectAnimation

Macromedia Flash Player

Wallet

Dynamic HTML Data Binding

Macromedia Shockwave

Web Folders

FrontPage Express

Media Player RealNetwork Support

Web Publishing Wizard

Hebrew Text Display Support

Microsoft virtual machine

Windows Media Player

Internet Explorer 5 Web Browser

NetMeeting

Windows Media Player Codecs

Component Download Site

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You must specify at least one download site, using an HTTP or FTP server, for your users to download your package from. You can specify up to ten sites. You must place all the Microsoft components and custom components at each URL you specify below. Note: The Internet Explorer Administration Kit will not check the validity of the listed Web server, nor will it copy the installation files to the Web server.

Option

Explanation

Site Name

You can specify a friendly name that helps to identify the site. Do not use commas in the name.

Site URL

Type the URL for your site. The file Ie5sites.dat will be added or updated and a subfolder for the language of the package, such as EN for English, will be appended to the URL.

Site Region

Type the location of the site, such as the city, state, region, or country.

Custom download sites

The sites you specify will be listed in this column. If the first site is down (for example, as a result of server problems), Setup will not be able to locate the remaining sites by default. A workaround involves overwriting the first site with the following command:
<path>\ie5setup.exe /c:"ie5wzd.exe /s:""<path>\ie5setup.exe"" /L:""http://my Web server/my Web site/ie5sites.dat"""
<path> is the folder where IE5setup.exe is located.
Here's an example:c:\ie5setup.exe /c:"ie5wzd.exe"
/s:""D:\Build\1700\package\download\win95_nt\en\ie5setup.exe""
/L:""http://<NewServerAddress>/<YourDownloadDir>/ie5sites.dat ""
Note: You can specify only one download site for a silent installation.

Component Downloads

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When a new version of Internet Explorer is available, users can update Internet Explorer by clicking the Tools menu and then clicking Windows Update in 32-bit versions of the browser. Users may also see this page when they click Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel, click Internet Explorer 5 and Internet Tools, and then click Add/Remove.

The default location for obtaining product updates is on the site(s) where users downloaded their customized browsers, but you can specify your custom add-on page.

Option

Explanation

Download components from Microsoft sites after install

Selecting this check box specifies that all components will be downloaded from Microsoft sites after installation.

URL of Add-on Component page

If you want users to obtain software updates from another location, specify a different URL.

Note: The configuration ID and version number available in previous versions of the Internet Explorer Administration Kit, which formerly appeared on this screen, are no longer necessary. These values are generated automatically. The customizations, or branding, that you generate with the Internet Explorer Administration Kit will always get installed, regardless of version number or configuration ID.

Installation Directory

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This screen lets administrators choose the installation path. Requiring the installation to occur in a specific location is a good idea because it helps enforce standards throughout an organization. A standard install path that cannot be changed by users makes things like service, patches, and remote software inventories easier to accomplish.

To allow the user to change the location that you specify, select the Allow the user to choose the installation directory check box. If you select this check box, the selection you make below appears as the default location.

If you click Install in the specified folder within the Windows folder or Install in the specified folder within the Program Files folder, Internet Explorer will be installed in the subfolder shown in the box.

If you select the Specify the full path of a custom folder check box, you can enter the path you want. If this path doesn't exist on the user's hard disk, it is created.

Notes: If Internet Explorer is already installed on the user's computer, the new version is installed over the existing version. The customized browser is not installed in the custom location you specify.

The UNIX functionality in the Internet Explorer Administration Kit supports the more common UNIX method of installing the customized product on only a few servers. Users can then run Internet Explorer from this location rather than installing the product locally. If you need to install Internet Explorer locally, specify the location on this screen of the wizard.

Corporate Install Options

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These options help control how Internet Explorer installation will interact with each client computer. Choices are usually made based on corporate policy, but here are a few things to keep in mind: if users can't change components, there is better software standardization in an organization. Also, administrators can save a few megabytes on each client hard-drive by not saving uninstall information, but this limits the ability to roll back if there are compatibility issues during deployment. Finally, users typically like to be able to choose their favorite browser as the default; administrators typically like to choose it for them.

Option

Explanation

Disable Custom Installation option

Users can add or remove components to further customize setup. To prevent users from adding or removing specific components, select this check box.

Disable saving uninstall information

Setup automatically saves uninstall information. To save disk space, you can disable this feature by selecting this check box. However, users will not then be able to remove Internet Explorer 5 by clicking the Add/Remove Programs icon in Control Panel.

Disable Internet Explorer Compatibility mode

With the Internet Explorer compatibility option, users can run Internet Explorer 4 on the same computer as Internet Explorer 5. To disable this feature, select this check box.

Default browser options

Choose one of the three options to determine whether or not Internet Explorer is the default browser, and whether or not users can make this choice. The default browser runs when users open .htm, .html, and other associated file types. This option also determines whether Windows Media Player is the default program for playing multimedia files.

Note: If you are using a silent installation or customizing Internet Explorer for Microsoft Office deployment by using the Office Custom Install wizard, user options for Internet Explorer will not be displayed during Setup.

Advanced Installation Options

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You can further customize Setup by having Setup detect whether a component exists and by fine-tuning which components users can add if they customize Setup. Internet Explorer Setup can detect whether the same version of a component is already installed on a user's computer. If the same component is already installed, then Internet Explorer will not download it. Even if users are allowed to customize an installation, the administrator can still prevent specific components from being removed. The administrator simply selects the components that users cannot customize.

Option

Explanation

Optimize for Web download

Setup can detect whether the same version of a component is already installed on your user's computer. If a version of the same component is already installed, and it will work with Internet Explorer 5, then Setup will not download it. This can save download time.

Prevent users from customizing Setup for specific components

If your users can customize their installations, but you don't want them to customize specific components, clear the check boxes for those components. Force Install will appear in the right column beside the components that will automatically be installed with the browser.

Components on Media

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The components in this list have been downloaded to your computer but have not been included in a Setup option. The components you select can be made available for installation if users attempt to use a feature that requires these components; this feature is called Automatic Install.

Connection Manager Customization

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The Connection Manager Administration Kit (CMAK) can be used to create a customized and branded Connection Manager Services profile for users. This is useful when a corporate administrator wishes to automatically distribute, configure, and manage dial-up connections for users.

The CMAK is a separate program that is included with the Internet Explorer Administration Kit. The CMAK Wizard can be accessed from the Customization Wizard by selected the "Start CMAK" option, or an existing profile can be used by checking the "Use custom profile" checkbox and entering the path to the Connection Manager services profile.

When you use the CMAK, it creates a self-extracting executable (*.exe) file that installs itself on your user's computer. You do not need to digitally sign the .exe file created by the CMAK before you include it in the Internet Explorer Administration Kit. When you sign the Internet Explorer Administration Kit files, the CMAK file is also signed.

Option

Explanation

Use Custom Profile

If you've already created a custom profile, type the path of the profile you want to use for this browser package. The profile specifies customized content and connection methods.

Note: A CMAK profile is not the same thing as a Dial-up Networking connection. See Appendix B for more information on how to create a custom connection profile by using the CMAK, and Appendix D for more information on Automatic Connections.

Windows Desktop Update

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The Windows Desktop Update makes the desktop and folders look and work more like the Web. Although the Windows Desktop Update is not a part of Internet Explorer 5, you can include it with your Internet Explorer Administration Kit package. If your users are running Windows 98, they already have the desktop features.

If you choose to install the Windows Desktop Update, you can customize its settings later in the wizard, if your build computer is running one of the following configurations:

  • Internet Explorer 5 upgraded from Internet Explorer 4.0 with the Windows Desktop Update installed.

  • Internet Explorer 5 and Windows 98, which includes the new desktop.

This can be helpful in setting a corporate standard desktop.

Option

Explanation

Do you want to integrate the Windows Desktop Update in your custom package?

To install the Windows Desktop Update, click Yes. If you don't want to install it, click No.

Digital Signatures

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With a publisher certificate from a recognized Certification Authority, administrators can have custom packages automatically signed. Digital signatures show where programs come from and verify that they haven't been altered. Customized browser packages and any custom programs should be digitally signed to ensure that users don't receive warnings when installing the custom browser. Users may be prevented from installing ActiveX controls and Java packages that aren't signed.

To prepare certificates, you can import them onto your computer by using the Certificate Manager Import wizard. If you have received a file with an .spc extension, you can start the Certificate Manager Import wizard by double-clicking the .spc file in Windows Explorer or My Computer.

You can also open the Certificate Manager from Internet Explorer. To do this, click the Tools menu, click Internet Options, click the Content tab, and then click Certificates. Click Import to start the Certificate Manager Import wizard, and then follow the steps in the wizard.

Option

Explanation

Company Name on certificate

If a publisher certificate is on the computer, its company name will appear in this list.

Software Publishing (.spc) file

Enter the name of the .spc file associated with the certificate, or click Browse to locate.

Private Key (.pvk) file

Enter the name of the .pvk file associated with the certificate, or click Browse to locate.

Description text

Enter the text that will appear on the dialog box that appears when users download programs that are signed with this certificate.

More information URL

Enter the URL that will appear in this dialog box so that users can obtain more information about the certificate and the company.

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