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Stage 5: Customizing Components

In this stage of the wizard, corporate administrators can customize the following:

  • Your users' news and mail servers, if you're including Outlook Express in your customized package.

  • IMAP e-mail server settings for your users, if you are deploying Outlook Express and have an IMAP server.

  • Outlook Express custom content, if you want to add your own welcome e-mail message and customize the InfoPane that appears when users start the program.

  • Outlook Express custom settings, if you want to provide assistance to users who need to obtain additional mail accounts or create a default message rules file for your users.

  • Outlook Express user interface, if you want to determine whether the Folder bar, Folder list, MSN Messenger Contacts, Status bar, or Outlook bar, among other things, are displayed.

  • Outlook Express compose settings, if you want to provide a corporate disclaimer or signature with Internet newsgroup or e-mail messages.

  • Windows Address Book Directories, if you want to provide Internet directory services to your users and customize Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) servers.

  • System policies and settings, if you want to preset or control settings, including options for the browser, e-mail, security, and the desktop.

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Programs

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You can import your default program settings, such as which programs are the default for electronic mail and for editing HTML. These settings are located on the Programs tab of the Internet Options dialog box.

If you do not want to preset your user's settings, click Do not customize Program Settings. To import your settings without changing them, click Import the current Program Settings. To change your settings and then import them, click Import the current Program Settings, and then click Modify Settings.

Outlook Express Accounts

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These settings are available because you downloaded Outlook Express. You can specify the mail and news servers here and specify whether you will require users to log on using Secure Password Authentication (SPA) to access a server.

Select the protocol that your mail servers are running. You can choose POP3, used by most Internet subscribers for e-mail, or IMAP, used mainly by corporate users who want to read their e-mail from a remote location. POP3 servers allow access to a single inbox, while IMAP servers provide access to multiple server-side folders.

Option

Explanation

Incoming mail (POP or IMAP) mail server

Type the fully qualified server address in the text box (for example, pop01.microsoft.com). Then, click Log on using SPA (Secure Password Authentication) if your POP3 or IMAP server requires authentication via an SSPI provider such as NTLM.

Outgoing mail (SMTP) server

An SMTP server is the outgoing mail server. In some cases, the SMTP server may have the same name as your POP3 server (for example, smtp.microsoft.com). Type the fully qualified SMTP server address in the text box. Then, click Log on using SPA (Secure Password Authentication) if your SMTP server requires authentication via an SSPI provider such as NTLM.

Internet news (NNTP) server

The Network News Transfer Protocol (NNTP) is the protocol used to distribute network news messages to NNTP servers and to NNTP clients (news readers) on the Internet. Type the NNTP address in the text box (for example, nntp.microsoft.com). Then, click Log on using SPA (Secure Password Authentication) if your NNTP server requires authentication via an SSPI provider such as NTLM.

Accounts

You can use these options to lock down account settings for your users. When users set up their mail and news accounts, those accounts will be configured using the restrictions you specify here.

Make all preconfigured accounts read-only

Select this option to create account settings that can be viewed, but not modified, by users.

Prevent deletion of all preconfigured accounts

Select this option to prevent users from deleting accounts that you have preconfigured for them.

Prevent configuration of additional accounts for users with preconfigured accounts

Select this option to prevent users from creating accounts in addition to their preconfigured accounts. This option is recommended for corporate administrators only.

Outlook Express Custom Content

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The Outlook Express InfoPane is where you can place helpful information and links, such as support numbers and frequently asked questions (FAQs). You can customize the InfoPane with an HTML file that is either a local file or an Internet address (URL). If you specify a local file, that file will be copied into your Internet Explorer Administration Kit distribution package and subsequently copied onto the user's computer during installation. The InfoPane does not appear as part of the Outlook Express user interface unless a URL or file is specified in the Internet Explorer Administration Kit.

Option

Explanation

URL

Click to specify a URL for the Outlook Express InfoPane.

Local file

If you did not type a URL in the previous text box, you can type the path to the local HTML file you want to use for the InfoPane, or click Browse to locate the file. If you specify a local file, you can also specify an image to be copied.

HTML path (custom welcome message)

The welcome message is an HTML file. You must also provide the sender's friendly name and the recipient's e-mail address. The Internet Explorer Administration Kit does not provide a way to add an image. However, if you edit the Welcome message outside of the Internet Explorer Administration Kit, you can add a link to an image from the Web.

HTML path (InfoPane)

Type the path to the InfoPane file or click Browse to locate it.

Sender

Type the name of the company or person sending the message (for example, Volcano Administration). This will appear on the From line of the message.

Reply-to

Type the e-mail address by which the user can reply to the message. Note that users can see this address in their welcome message, and they can reply to the welcome message.

Outlook Express Custom Settings

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Use this screen to create settings that will apply to all of your users. These defaults include setting a default mail and news client. Also, you can provide information that users need to obtain additional e-mail accounts. Finally, you can provide a default message rules file for your users.

Option

Explanation

Default messaging programs

If you want Outlook Express to start whenever a user clicks an e-mail link in Internet Explorer, select the Make Outlook Express the default mail program check box. If you want Outlook Express to start whenever a user clicks a news link in Internet Explorer, select the Make Outlook Express the default news program check box. The default mail client setting is also used by many programs when a user sends documents by e-mail. Note that this replaces any current default mail client that the user has specified.

Newsgroups

Use this box to type the names of one or more newsgroups that you want to subscribe your users to . For example, your ISP or organization may have several newsgroups that provide assistance and information to users.

New account source

You can add a menu item for users to request an additional mail account from your ISP. This entry is added to the New Account From menu in Outlook Express. Type the name of your ISP in the Service Name box (for example, Acme ISP). Then, type a URL in the Service URL box. When the user chooses this Service Name from the menu, the Web page is opened. An account number, which can be specified in the .ins file, and a unique identifier for the user will be sent to the ISP when the Web page is opened.

Junk mail filtering

Use this option to prevent junk mail messages or messages with adult content from filling up a user's Inbox. The messages that are detected are moved to the Junk Mail folder.

Outlook Express View Settings

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You can customize certain views that determine whether specific elements of Outlook Express are displayed and how they are displayed.

Option

Explanation

Basic

You can use these settings to determine which elements of the Outlook Express interface are included in the default view for new users.

  • To include the Folder bar as a default for users, select the Folder bar check box.

  • To include a list of e-mail and news folders, select the Folder list check box.

  • To list the users' MSN™ Messenger Service contacts (if MSN Messenger Service is installed and configured) as well as addresses of e-mail correspondents, select the Contacts check box.

  • To display a tip every time Outlook Express is started, select the Tip of the Day check box.

  • To display the status bar, select the Status Bar check box.

  • To display the Outlook Bar, select the Outlook Bar check box.

Toolbar

You can choose whether you want users to see the toolbar and whether you want to include text on it. The toolbar appears at the top of the Outlook Express window.

Preview pane

The preview pane can either be a horizontal pane located below the list of messages or a vertical pane located beside and to the right of the list of messages. The preview pane includes a preview pane header area that can be used to display message header information, including the From, To, Cc, and Subject lines of the message.

Outlook Express Compose Settings

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Signatures

You can include a default signature, such as a corporate disclaimer, that will appear in Outlook Express newsgroup or e-mail messages. A disclaimer is often used to show that messages submitted by employees over the Internet do not represent official company policies. The maximum size of the signature is 1 KB.

You can append signatures only to newsgroup messages, only to e-mail messages, or to both types of messages.

HTML vs. plain text for mail and news messages

By default, e-mail messages are composed in HTML and news postings are composed in plain text. You can choose to override these settings. For example, in an environment where bandwidth is limited or many users have simple mail programs that cannot understand HTML, changing the default to plain text may make sense.

Likewise, in a corporate environment where all users use an HTML-aware newsreader, changing the news post default to HTML may be advisable.

Address Book Directory Service

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Directory services are powerful search tools that help users find people and businesses around the world. The Address Book supports LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) for accessing directory services, and it comes with built-in access to several popular directory services. Administrators can specify the LDAP services for users.

Option

Explanation

Service Name

Type the friendly name of your LDAP service. This is the name that will be displayed to your users.

Server Name

Type the name of the directory service you want to add, such as ldap.AcmeISP.com or ldap.switchboard.com. If you require authentication via an SSPI package such as NTLM for users who access these services, click the Logon using SPA check box. Basic authentication using a user name and password combination can be configured via .ins files.

Service Web Site

This is the directory service's home page that appears when the user clicks the Start button, points to Find, clicks People, and then clicks Web Site.

Search Base

Sometimes known as the root or scope, the Search Base is the hierarchical level at which to search a given LDAP server. The search base can be a country/region, organization, or other type of grouping. The Outlook Express default for search base when none is specified is "c=us." To specify no search base, type NULL.

Service Bitmap

You can specify a custom 134 x 38 pixel, 16-color .bmp file. To ensure consistent color mapping, it is highly recommended that you use only the Windows 16-bit color palette when composing the bitmap. To locate the .bmp file on your computer, click Browse.

Search timeout

You can specify how long your users will wait before you time out a search request. Use the slider to set a time value between 30 seconds and 5 minutes.

Maximum number of matches to return

You can control the maximum number of results that can be returned to your users. Type the number in this box.

Check names against this server when sending mail

To have Outlook Express resolve names against the server when a user sends a message, select Check names against this server when sending mail. This setting instructs Outlook Express to look up e-mail addresses for names typed on the To, Cc, and Bcc lines of a mail message.

System Policies and Restrictions

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Corporate administrators can customize and restrict numerous settings, ranging from whether users can delete printers to whether they can add items to their desktops. For more information, see the Managing Users section in this document.

Option

Explanation

Left Pane

Select the subject to change policies and restrictions for.

Right Pane

Specify the policies and restrictions for the subject.

You should understand the impact of the security settings on your users, especially if you have roaming users who share computers with other users. For more information, see the note below.

To set system policies and restrictions

  1. Double-click each category to display the options.

  2. Select or clear the check boxes you want.

Notes:

  • The settings displayed in the wizard are contained in administration (.adm) files that come with the Internet Explorer Administration Kit. If you are familiar with .adm files, you can use the wizard to set the policies and restrictions you have set up in your own .adm files by clicking Import.

  • If you remove the Run command from the Start menu setting for the Web Desktop, the initial start page (Start.htm) on a CD installation will not work properly.

  • To ensure that the Trusted Publishers setting for the Security section of Internet Restrictions is effective, you should verify that security zones and policies are correctly set up.

User settings can be stored in a central location so users can access them from any computer they log on to.. This could be useful, for example, for a user who needs low security settings but who uses a computer that is typically operated by someone with restrictive security settings. .

Customizing security settings

You can allow three typical levels of customization for security settings:

  • Control, or "lock down," all settings.

To lock down all settings

1. Click Internet Restrictions, and then click Security.

2. Select the Use only machine settings for security zones check box.

  • Control user settings while allowing profiles for roaming users to be downloaded.

    You can specify that settings can't be changed, without locking out roaming users who have different profiles. The Windows roaming user feature allows users to download their settings from a server.

    To restrict a user from changing policies for a zone

    1. Click Internet Restrictions, and then click Security.

    2. Select the Do not allow users to change policies for any security zone check box.

    To restrict a user from adding or deleting sites

    1. Click Internet Restrictions, and then click Security.

    2. Select the Do not allow users to add/delete sites from a security zone check box.

  • Customize initial settings, but allow user to modify them.

    In this stage of the wizard, you can customize many user settings, including security levels and ratings. Customizing the settings in this stage doesn't determine whether the user can control the settings.

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