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Understanding the IEAK Profile Manager

Before installing Microsoft Internet Explorer, you can use the Internet Explorer 6 Customization Wizard to put automatic configuration and automatic detection into your custom package. With these features, you can automatically update your users' computers through the auto-configuration .ins file (which is maintained on your server). You specify the interval at which browser configuration settings are updated.

After Internet Explorer is installed, you can use the IEAK Profile Manager to maintain browser configuration settings on your users' computers. With the IEAK Profile Manager, you can open any auto-configuration .ins file and change settings, such as those for digital signatures and security zones.

You can also use the IEAK Profile Manager to enable automatic configuration if you did not set up this feature before installation. You can let the automatic detection feature locate the updated auto-configuration .ins file, or you can manually set the automatic configuration on client computers.

If you are a corporate administrator, the IEAK Profile Manager can help you maintain your versions of Internet Explorer by providing quick access to system settings from a central location. To use automatic configuration, you must create a profile consisting of an .ins file and any cabinet (.cab) files generated by the Profile Manager. The profile contains information that is used to configure browsers. After creating the profile, you store it on a server.

When you run the Internet Explorer 6 Customization Wizard, you type the server path for the .ins file. If you need to change settings later, edit the .ins file. The next time your users start the browser, or on a schedule that you specify, the changes take effect on each user's computer.

To run the IEAK Profile Manager

  1. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Microsoft IEAK 6, and then click IEAK Profile Manager.

  2. On the File menu, click Open, and then open the .ins file that you want to modify, or click New to create a new .ins file.

  3. Click the desired category under either Wizard Settings or System Policies and Restrictions.

  4. Edit the settings that you want to change.

  5. On the File menu, click Save as.

  6. Type the path to your .ins file, the URL where your .cab files are stored, and the names of your .cab files if they differ from the defaults provided.

Note Note 

  • You must run the Internet Explorer 6 Customization Wizard at least once before starting the Profile Manager.

  • The default location for saving the auto-configuration .ins file is the folder: \build directory\Ins\operating system\language\. For example, you could save an English version of the .ins file created for the Windows 32-bit edition in the folder \Build1\Ins\Win32\En\.

  • Before updating the configuration settings on your users' computers, you should copy the auto-configuration .ins file and the companion .cab files generated by the IEAK Profile Manager to a working directory and test the configuration. After you validate the changes, copy the new auto-configuration .ins file to your production server. Automatic configuration then updates the configuration settings on your users' computers.

  • If the version number of the .ins file does not change, new .cab files are not downloaded. The version number combines the date the .ins file was modified and the number of times the file was revised.

  • If you are familiar with .adm files, you can use the policies and restrictions set up in your own .adm files by clicking Policy and then clicking Import.

  • If you are using automatic configuration, and you are supporting both Internet Explorer 5 or later and Internet Explorer 4.0 with the same automatic configuration file, some settings that differ between these versions are not configured in Internet Explorer 4.0.

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