Glossary of Terms
Active Desktop – One of the two components installed with Windows Desktop Update. Active Desktop allows users to add active content, such as a stock ticker, to their desktop, taskbar, or folders. Users can also single-click files to run and open them. Active Desktop can be disabled in the Internet Explorer Administration Kit, even if Windows Desktop Update is installed.
Authenticode – Authenticode lets a corporate administrator preconfigure security zones, preset ratings, and customize certification authorities. The administrator can also set system policies and restrictions to control whether users can modify their security settings.
Automatic Configuration – Automatic Configuration is a feature of Internet Explorer that allows the administrator to dynamically configure settings from the Internet Explorer Administration Kit, as well as system policies and restrictions.
AVS – Automatic Version Synchronization automatically checks for updated versions of each Internet Explorer Component every time the Internet Explorer Administration Kit is run. Updated components can be downloaded from Microsoft and included in subsequent Internet Explorer Administration Kit packages.
Bitmap – Bitmaps (.bmp) files are used for updating the graphics in an Internet Explorer Administration Kit package. Most common graphic formats can be simply saved as bitmaps by using the "Save As" command in Microsoft Paint.
Branding – Branding is the idea of customizing the Internet Explorer browser and components, the installation wizard, and CD Autorun screen with an organization's artwork, text messages, welcome pages, etc. Branding an installation differentiates a corporate package from a generic Internet Explorer installation.
CD Autorun Screen – The CD Autorun screen is automatically displayed when an Internet Explorer installation CD is inserted into a workstation. The CD Autorun Screen typically consists of an "Install Internet Explorer 5" button, a "Cancel" button, and a customizable graphic.
Certification Authorities (CAs) – Certification Authorities are companies such as VeriSign or GTE that issue digital certificates. Certification Authorities provide a trusted source to verify the authenticity of a certificate.
Certificates – See Digital Certificates.
Channels and Categories - A channel is a Web site that has been enabled for information-receiving programs. The mechanism that makes this possible is the Channel Definition Format (.cdf) file. Channels can be organized into Categories and placed on the user's desktop.
CMAK – The Connection Manager Administration Kit is a tool for creating, editing, and managing Connection Manager Profiles. The CMAK is included with the Internet Explorer Administration Kit.
Code Signing – Code signing is the process of signing a completed Internet Explorer package with a digital certificate. Signing the package requires two steps: obtaining a digital certificate and signing the code. Administrators do not need to sign files that are going to be installed on the UNIX or Windows 3.x platforms.
Component – The administrator can include many Internet components from Microsoft and other companies with the Internet Explorer browser. Examples of components are Outlook Express, Microsoft NetMeeting, and the VDOLive player.
Configuration Identifier – The Configuration Identifier is a string of text that allows a Web site to identify the types and versions of browsers.
Connection Manager Profile – Connection Manager Profiles are objects similar (but not the same as) Dial-Up Networking Entries. Connection Manager Profiles are one way of automating a dial-up connection.
Connection Settings – Connection Settings are the settings that Internet Explorer uses to connect to the Internet. Connection Settings are typically collections of settings for dial-up networking entries, such as proxy settings, account and passwords, and modem configurations.
Content Ratings - Microsoft Internet Explorer provides a way to help administrators control the types of content that the computer can access on the Internet. The administrator can adjust the settings to reflect what he/she thinks is appropriate content in the areas of language, nudity, sex, and violence.
Customization Wizard – The Customization wizard is one of the main components of the Internet Explorer Administration Kit. It is used to generate a customized version of Internet Explorer for installation in a specific organization.
Custom Package –A custom package contains customized versions of all of the installation tools, browser code, and additional components necessary to quickly and easily deploy Internet Explorer to the organization.
Deployment – Deployment is the actual process of installing Internet Explorer to an entire organization. A deployment should be contrasted with a "pilot," which is the installation of Internet Explorer on a group of test users.
Desktop Update – See Windows Desktop Update.
Digital Certificates – Administrators should sign their code with a Digital Certificate if planning to distribute an Internet Explorer package over the Internet. Digital Certificates are issued by Certification Authorities, show where a program comes from, and prove that a package hasn't been altered.
Favorites – Favorites are predefined links to Web sites. Favorites are also known as "bookmarks." Favorites in Internet Explorer can be configured to automatically notify the user when content changes.
File Path – The File Path, in the context of a Web Deployment, is the actual local path to the distribution files on a Web server. A typical example might be "c:\inetpub\wwwroot\ie5\download."
Folder Webviews - Administrators can customize how My Computer and Control Panel appear on a company's computers by customizing the HTTP files that serve as templates for them. Folder Webviews require Windows Desktop Update to be installed.
GUID - A globally unique identifier (GUID) is an identifier that distinguishes one program or object from another. When using the Internet Explorer Administration Kit, administrators can generate a GUID for each custom component that added.
Home Page – The Home Page is displayed every time Internet Explorer is started.
Internet Explorer Administration Kit – The Internet Explorer Administrator Kit (Internet Explorer Administration Kit) is the tool used to create, distribute, and manage customized Internet Explorer packages across an organization.
Infopane – See Outlook Express Infopane.
Keycode – The Keycode is a license code that is issued to an organization when it downloads the Internet Explorer Administration Kit. The Keycode is not required to install the Internet Explorer Administration Kit, but it is required to generate Internet Explorer Administration Kit packages.
Kiosk Mode Start Page – A Kiosk Mode Start Page can be specified for CD Installation. This page will appear in kiosk (full-screen) mode, in which the browser toolbar and menu bar are not displayed.
Lab – A Lab is a collection on non-production machines used to test an Internet Explorer Package. The Lab is not the same as a Pilot Group.
LDAP – The Windows 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 an additional service for their users.
Media – Media refers to the physical methods used for package distribution. Typical media choices are CD-ROM, Web download, or floppy disk.
Newsgroups – See Usenet.
Outlook Express Infopane - The Outlook Express InfoPane is an area for content providers to place helpful information and links. Administrators can customize this pane with support numbers, frequently asked questions (FAQs), and information about the company.
Package – A Package is a set of customized installation code for Internet Explorer. A Package contains all necessary code and files to install, configure, and run Internet Explorer. The Internet Explorer Administration Kit can configure packages for several different types of installation media.
Pilot Group – A Pilot Group is a representative sample of production machines that are used to test an Internet Explorer package before a full deployment to the entire organization. A Pilot Group is different from a Lab in that it uses production machines and users.
Platform – A platform is a type of client, such as Windows 95, Windows 3.x, Macintosh, or UNIX.
Profile Manager – The Profile Manager is one of the major components of the Internet Explorer Administration Kit. The Profile Manager is used to create and dynamically manage browser and desktop automatic configuration settings.
Proxy – A proxy server provides network address translation and Web content caching services for Web browsers. Proxy settings can be configured automatically as part of an Internet Explorer Administration Kit package.
Realms – Realms are a feature of the CMAK that provide a prefix (such as company\) or suffix (such as @company.com) to a user name when connecting to a Connection Manager service.
Security Zones – The new Internet Explorer 5 security options enable administrators to assign specific Web sites to various security zones, depending on how much the administrator trusts the content of the Web site. Security Zones allow an administrator to restrict user access to certain Web sites.
Shell Integration – Shell Integration is one of the two components of Windows Desktop Update. Shell Integration lets users browse their computers just as they browse the Web. Users will find the Go and Favorites menus everywhere.
Titlebar Text – Titlebar text is the text at the top of a program window. The Titlebar text can be branded for several windows in and Internet Explorer package, including the CD Autorun screen, the Browser itself, and Outlook Express.
URL – Uniform Resource Locator. An URL is a Web address, such as "http://www.microsoft.com."
Versioning – There are two types of Internet Explorer versioning: Each Internet Explorer package will be assigned a version number, and versioning can be enforced so that older packages are not allowed to overwrite newer versions of the same package. Individual components in Internet Explorer are also versioned, and configured not to download or install if a compatible version of the component already exists on the client machine.
Watermark – The Watermark is a bitmap that is displayed behind the Internet Explorer Toolbar. The Watermark should be colored so that it does not obscure the text or graphics of Toolbar buttons.
Web Path – In the context of a Web Deployment, the Web path is the path used to connect a browser to the Internet Explorer installation files. A typical Web Path for browser deployment might be "www.mycompany.com/ie5."
Welcome Page – The Welcome page is only displayed the first time that Internet Explorer is run. Subsequently, the Home page is the page that is automatically displayed when Internet Explorer is started.
Windows Desktop Update – Windows Desktop Update consists of two components: Active Desktop and Shell Integration. Windows Desktop Update is included in Windows 98, and will not be reinstalled on machines with these operating systems.