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Part 2: Components of the IEAK 5

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Chapter 1: Internet Explorer 5 New Feature Overview
Chapter 2: Components of the IEAK 5
Chapter 3: Capabilities of the IEAK 5
Chapter 4: Getting Started

Chapter 1: Internet Explorer 5 New Feature Overview

The table below shows some of the key features and enhancements to Internet Explorer for the Windows 32-bit operating systems, organized by design goals.



Using the Web Has Never Been Simpler


Go button

Users now have the choice of clicking "Enter" or clicking the new Go button next to the address bar after typing in the URL to go to the site.

User interface consistency across browser and applications

Users enjoy enhanced consistency in user interface and commands across Internet Explorer and productivity applications, like Microsoft Office.

Home Page Object Model

Users can more easily change their home page by simply clicking a link on a Web page that includes some simple scripting.

Search Assistant

Helps users to quickly get more accurate results in their searches by: 1) taking advantage of search engines optimized for the information they are looking for (e.g., Web sites, people, companies, maps); and 2) easily redirecting searches from one search provider to another of their choice.

Active HTTP error messages

Intercepts standard HTTP errors and replaces them with more friendly error messages that include recommendations of what the user can do to find the desired site.

Active script errors

When confronted with a script error, users can choose to not see script errors in the future or to be prompted if they want to see specific script errors.

Explorer Bars

Offers more familiar scrollbars and background color to Explorer Bars. Also offers persistence so that users who want to browse with an Explorer Bar open at all times can close their browser and open it with the same Explorer Bar open. New command buttons for each Explorer Bar give users easy access to the most popular features.

Add Favorites

Improved dialog reduces complexity in naming, filing and designating that a Favorite be made available for offline use.

Smart Frameset Favorites

When adding a Favorite Web site that includes frames, Internet Explorer 5 now recognizes the frameset arrangement and saves accordingly rather than always defaulting to the URL of the outermost frame, which is often not the appropriate site.

Organize Favorites

Improved dialog simplifies organizing Favorites (e.g., creating new folders, renaming Favorites) and provides easy access to additional information about the Favorite, such as URL, times visited and date last visited.

Import/Export Wizard

New wizard enables easy importing/exporting of Favorites and Cookies to or from Netscape Navigator.


Users can more easily locate recently viewed sites via: 1) multiple views of History (e.g., by order visited); 2) smart sorting of sites within each view by first letter in domain name (e.g., www.Microsoft.com) rather than first letter in URL (e.g., Www.microsoft.com); and 3) searching history by words or by URLs from within the History Explorer Bar.

Windows Synchronization Manager

The Windows Synchronization Manager provides easy synchronization of Web pages on the Internet/intranet, mail, folders, etc. for offline use through a single click. Users have extensive customization of what is synchronized when (including on logon or logoff), maximum hard-disk space on a per-page basis, etc.

Save Complete Web Page

Users can now by default save entire Web pages, including images, for offline use or sharing with others via e-mail.

Rich File Transfer Protocol (FTP) Folders

FTP folders on the Internet now appear with the same look and feel and richness of folders on a user's hard drive.

Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) support

Enables users to access, work with and share documents on HTTP Web servers that support the WebDAV protocol.

Content Advisor

Gives parents enhanced control over content their children can view through: 1) support for W3C standard PICSRules architecture, which simplifies the process for parents to set up PICS settings for their children's browser; and 2) new Approved/Disapproved Sites List support, which lets parents specify approved and disapproved sites for their children, independent of whether the sites rate themselves using PICS.

Built-in Intelligence Automates Common Web Tasks



Typing mistakes in common URL conventions like "http://" are automatically corrected so that users are not slowed down unnecessarily.

AutoComplete (address bar)

While typing a URL into the address bar, a list of previously visited sites and Favorites that match what has been typed in are automatically displayed in a drop-down list to enable easier selection.

AutoComplete (Web forms)

While typing in a form on a Web site (e.g., Address field, e-mail address and username and password), a list of previous entries typed in the browser that match the current entry are automatically displayed in a drop-down list to enable quick selection.


Users who type searches directly into the address bar (e.g., "Microsoft," "? Microsoft," or "Go Microsoft") now receive both a typical Web search as well as a specific suggestion on a matching site if one exists, all within one easy-to-understand page.


If a user encounters a page that requires an Internet Explorer component not currently on their system (e.g., Microsoft Virtual Machine for Java), the browser can automatically install the component.

AutoDetect Offline

Better detection of network state at launch and on an ongoing basis helps users avoid long timeouts. This feature also enables Internet Explorer to intelligently gray out items in Favorites and History that are unavailable while offline so that users have a simple visual cue of what is and is not available.

AutoConfiguration of proxy settings

When connecting to a new network, Internet Explorer will automatically locate the appropriate proxy server based on IETF Web Proxy AutoDiscovery (WPAD) protocol so that users do not have to know or type their proxy server.

Smart Edit

When a user views an HTML document that was created in an application the user has on his or her PC (e.g., Microsoft Word 2000), the Edit button icon will automatically change to the icon used by the creating application. When users click the Edit button, the document will automatically be opened in that application to present users with full editing richness.

Provides Maximum Flexibility To Use the Web the Way You Want


Integrate productivity applications of choice

Users can easily set the default mail, calendar, contacts, Internet call, newsgroup and now HTML editors of their choice to use with their browser.

Web-based mail integration

Users can now designate Web-based mail providers as their default mail program. When they then click a sendto: link or want to compose a new message, read mail, send a link or send a page from within Internet Explorer, the browser can automatically use the Web-based provider.

Web accessories

Enhancements to the open Internet Explorer platform enable software vendors, portals, news sites, etc. to develop customized Web accessories for the browser. For example, a vertical or horizontal Explorer Bar that provides easy access to a wider range of information while browsing.

Per-connection proxy settings

Users can now switch from one connection (e.g., LAN) to another (e.g., ISP dial-up) without requiring manual changes to advanced settings like proxy servers (or conducting an AutoConfiguration).

Easy and Cost-effective Deployment with Internet Explorer Administration Kit (IEAK) 5


Customization wizard user interface

Easier-to-use and better-organized user interface makes customization and deployment much more straightforward and less time-consuming.

Flexible wizard

Administrators can more quickly get to the portion of the Customization wizard that includes the set of features they are interested in and all non-mandatory screens can be hidden.

Enhanced deployment options

Administrators enjoy a variety of new and enhanced options for how they would like to distribute the browser, from single disk branding, which enables configuration of browser settings without installing client code, to customization of AutoInstall.

Flexible customization and branding options

Virtually every setting in the browser can be customized and locked down to ensure the browser is appropriate for the organization's needs and that settings can be standardized for all users to reduce support costs. For example, administrators can add new toolbar buttons that launch applications or scripts of the administrator's choice.

Integration with Connection Manager Administration Kit (CMAK)

The IEAK5 includes CMAK, which helps lower dial-up support costs by creating customized connection information tailored for specific employees or ISP subscribers.

Enables Value-added Services


Enhanced Support for Dynamic HTML Standards

Enhanced support for standards such as HTML 4.0, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) 1.0 and 2.0, Document Object Model (DOM), and ECMA-262-compliant scripting provides developers the richest standards-based platform for authoring rich content for users.

eXtensible Markup Language (XML)

XML provides developers a standard data-interchange format that is separated from content, enabling richer data-based applications. Enhancements to XML support in Internet Explorer include: 1) Full support for XML 1.0 and the W3C Namespace working draft; 2) XML tags can now be intermixed within an HTML document, in which CSS properties can be directly applied to them to control their appearance; 3) Native XML support enables XML to be viewed like a regular document within the browser; 4) eXtensible Style Language (XSL) support enables developers to apply style sheets to native XML documents and display the data dynamically with extensive customization abilities; and 5) Full support for the W3C XML DOM offers developers extensive programmatic control of XML document content, structure, formats, and so on.

Performance improvements

Developers and users enjoy dramatically improved performance with large documents and tables, and Internet Explorer renders more often and efficiently from the cache.

Dynamic properties

Instead of creating long, complicated scripts to perform relatively simple activities, now any property on a page can be defined as a function of any other property.

Full drag-and-drop object model support

Developers can now build applications that allow users to drag content between frames as well as to other applications.

Dynamic Relative/Absolute Positioning support

Authors can enable actions like drag-and-drop functionality in their applications much more easily, as elements can be placed on a page with Relative Positioning, but can revert to an Absolute Position "on the fly."


Via rich XML, any element on a page, such as a collapsible outline, can remain in its current state, even when users leave that page and return later. This enables developers to avoid the 4K Cookie limit.

Client Capabilities

Through scripting, authors can query which features of the browser are available or not (e.g., perhaps Java or ActiveX has been disabled), so that they can serve up the right content, and the pages appear exactly as they intended them to on the client's platform.

CurrentStyle Object

The CurrentStyle object exposes the exact value that each element on a page is using for all of its CSS properties, not just the ones that have been explicitly placed on that object.

Multiple CSS class support

Any element can take a list of CSS classes, making it much simpler to write script when different actions are to occur on a single element.


New intrinsic control similar to text boxes or drop-down boxes allows developers to insert a separate HTML-enabled area into their pages where users can insert richer content.

Browser-less applications (.hta)

Developers can easily create an application (e.g., a 401k tool) based on Web technologies without confusing users with a browser user interface.

Developer mode

Developers who wish to debug any script errors encountered with Internet Explorer now receive error messages improved with more detailed info about scripting errors, HTML structure errors and other useful information for diagnosing application errors (turned off for end users by default).

Compatibility mode

This special mode of Internet Explorer enables developers to test their sites against Internet Explorer 4 and 5-level browsers on the same PC.

Dynamic HTML Behaviors

Dynamic HTML Behaviors are lightweight components that provide easy separation of script from content and bring the benefits of encapsulation and code reuse to Dynamic HTML. Developers can now build reusable scripts and custom XML tags that Web pages can simply reference. For example, a developer can write a script that tells text or pictures to fly in from the right side of the page. This script can be referenced from any page simply by calling whatever name the developer gave it and pointing to it. Behaviors allow writers to focus on content, graphic designers to focus on format, and developers to focus on engineering, resulting in better applications created more quickly.

Chapter 2: Components of the IEAK 5

The Internet Explorer Administration Kit (IEAK) 5 consists of the following components.

  • Customization Wizard. The Customization wizard provides a simple, step-by-step process administrators follow to generate customized versions of Internet Explorer 5. It guides administrators through the creation of customized self-installing versions of Internet Explorer 5 and any add-on products, such as Microsoft NetMeeting™. Administrators can customize the Installation wizard that end users see and the look and feel of the Internet Explorer 5 browser. Using the Customization wizard, administrators can easily produce ready-to-deploy customized Internet Explorer 5 packages for different distribution methods, including CD, floppy disk or Web install.

  • IEAK Profile Manager. The IEAK Profile Manager is a program included for corporate administrators that provides single-click access to all previously set options, enabling administrators to make dynamic updates to a browser package, including changes in system policies and restrictions. The IEAK Profile Manager is generally used only by corporate administrators.

  • IEAK online documentation. The IEAK documentation uses HTML-based Help, providing administrators with full-text searching, a better-organized help resource and advanced printing capabilities. In addition, context-sensitive Help topics are included in every screen of the Customization wizard and Profile Manager, so administrators can easily find answers as issues arise.

  • Connection Manager Admin Kit (CMAK). CMAK enables administrators to configure automatic connection profiles for users' machines. Connection Profiles can be configured with Point of Presence phone books, which can be administered remotely using Microsoft Connection Services. This ability to dynamically administer multiple dial-in phone numbers is particularly useful for ISPs and other administrators with multiple remote access numbers or remote users.

Chapter 3: Capabilities of the IEAK 5

The IEAK 5 provides many enhanced and new capabilities over previous versions of the IEAK. Following are some of the highlights and key capabilities.

Internet Explorer 5 Setup Options

  • Sign-up – A key setup feature in Internet Explorer 5 is the ability to provide a completely automated process for browser configuration, customer account creation and connection profile generation. After browser installation, sign-up can be accomplished with locally installed HTML files, an existing Web-based solution, or by using the Internet Connection Wizard.

  • Cross-Platform Distribution – Administrators can distribute the same customizations to clients running Windows NT (3.51 or greater), Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 3.11 and Windows for Workgroups.

  • Distribution Media Options – Multiple distribution methods (e.g., Web download, CD-ROM, multiple floppy disk, single disk branding or LAN deployment) enable administrators to choose the most appropriate approach for their site. Single disk branding, a new feature in Internet Explorer 5, enables configuration of Internet Explorer settings without installing code on the client machine. (Single disk branding will be available only for Windows 98.)

  • Custom Components – Up to 10 custom components, self-extracting executables (.exe) or cabinet files (.cab), can be installed along with Internet Explorer 5. Custom components can include in-house applications, shareware or any other program administrators want to distribute at the same time as Internet Explorer 5.

  • Pre-Install Components – Custom components can be installed before installing the Internet Explorer 5 browser. This is particularly useful for utilities that prepare machines for a browser installation. For example, a registry-cleaning utility could be run first, ensuring that no registry keys the browser creates are deleted.

  • CD Autorun Customization – The CD Installation wizard can be branded with an ISP's title bar text, a custom bitmap, an information file and a startup screen. Package branding helps improve brand awareness for corporations, both internally and externally.

  • Installation Options – Each installation package can be customized with up to 10 installation types, each of which includes a specific set of components. The IEAK 5 includes minimum, typical and full installation types, which administrators can keep, remove or customize. Installation types allow an administrator to create and distribute a single package that can be tailored for different types of customers.

  • Improved Web Deployment – Web installations can be configured to use up to 10 download sites, and can switch between sites on the fly in the event of a connectivity problem. Internet Explorer 5 setup can also resume an interrupted download. This helps ensure that users experience as smooth an installation process as possible.

  • Versioning – The IEAK 5 automatically versions every package, and it can be configured to allow or prevent overwriting of older versions onto newer versions. Individual Internet Explorer 5 components are also versioned and can be individually updated with an installation package without having to reinstall all components.

  • Optimize for Web Download – Internet Explorer 5 setup can detect whether a compatible version of an Internet Explorer component is already available on a user's system. If the component already exists, it will not be downloaded again. For example, if Microsoft® Outlook™ Express is already installed on a user's system, it won't be reinstalled even if it is part of the installation package. Because of the savings of valuable bandwidth and time, this is a key feature for users downloading across slow links. This feature can also be disabled to ensure that all components are installed with a supported version.

  • Install on Demand (IOD) –IOD lets administrators include components in a distribution that won't be installed until the user requires them. For example, if Internet Explorer 5 detects that Microsoft Wallet is required for something a user is attempting to do, Internet Explorer will automatically find the distribution point (a Web share, for example) and install the necessary components. With IOD, administrators minimize the time and disk space wasted by installing components a user never needs.

  • Connection Manager Administration Kit (CMAK) Profile – Internet Explorer 5 installation packages can include a custom CMAK Profile, which enables all of the settings necessary for remote access to a network. These profiles can be integrated with Microsoft Connection Services if they are already in use. CMAK integration is provided for compatibility with existing Connection Manager services.

  • Automatic Digital Signing – Internet Explorer 5 packages can be automatically digitally signed for distribution during package creation. By including a digital signature, administrators can assure customers that the package hasn't been changed and the source is known.

Browser Customization Options

  • Browser Title – The title bar of the browser can be appended to read "Microsoft Internet Explorer provided by CompanyX." This promotes company or brand awareness every time Internet Explorer 5 is used.

  • Browser Toolbar Buttons – Custom browser toolbar buttons can be added to launch applications or run scripts. The default toolbar buttons can each be disabled as well. Additional toolbar buttons can be added to run custom components that the ISP has included in the custom package.

  • Browser Logos – The static and animated bitmaps in the top right-hand corner of the browser window can be customized. This is one of the most visible areas of Internet Explorer for branding with a custom logo.

  • Favorites / Channels – Channels are now better integrated with Favorites, and both sets can be pre-populated by the administrator. The Favorites list, which can be populated and organized with up to 200 links, can be ordered, and Favorites can be placed either at the top or bottom of the list. Administrators can use the list to provide a standard set of useful links to new customers, as well as links to support sites, advertisers or sponsors.

  • Welcome Page – A special page with introductory information can be displayed the first time the browser is started. This URL can be either the Microsoft default or a customized page, or administrators can opt for no start page. (The "Welcome to Internet Explorer" dialog box that ran automatically in version 4 has been removed.) ISPs can use this welcome page to communicate key information about Internet Explorer 5, including new customer information, support services information and other company-specific messages.

  • Connection Settings – Internet Explorer 5 includes improved logic for determining connection status. Connection settings, such as proxy address, can be edited on a per-connection basis. Internet Explorer 5 will detect which connection is being used, and apply appropriate connection settings automatically. Administrators can import these connection settings from an existing machine, or create the connections using a sign-up process. This greatly simplifies creation of auto-dial settings for administrators and minimizes proxy-setting problems for users.

  • Proxy – Proxy servers and proxy exceptions can be pre-populated. These settings can be configured on a per-connection basis, and they can be imported during package creation. This makes it easier for administrators to create packages, and makes connecting much easier for users with multiple connection settings.

  • Toolbar Background Bitmap – The browser toolbar background bitmap, or "watermark," can be customized. This is another component of browser branding, offering the benefits of higher visibility for a company or brand, both internally and externally.

Other Key Capabilities

  • CMAK Ships with IEAK – CMAK is shipped with and installed at the same time as the IEAK (all part of IEAK 5.exe). The CMAK is also included in the Customization wizard and can automatically integrate a Connection Manager profile into the Internet Explorer package. This makes it easier to use the CMAK, which simplifies the use of Internet Explorer 5 with existing connection settings.

  • Feature Selection – The Internet Explorer Customization wizard can be customized to show only the sets of features necessary for that particular package. For example, if an administrator only wants to customize Favorites, then all other non-mandatory screens can be hidden to save time and reduce complexity.

  • Single Disk Branding – For Windows 98 systems that are already running Internet Explorer 5, administrators can use the Customization wizard to create a single floppy disk that simply brands the system with custom text and logo information, and then sets up connections if necessary. This provides a simple way to add branding information and set up settings for existing Internet Explorer 5 users.

  • Outlook Express – Outlook Express is included in Internet Explorer 5, and IEAK 5 can be used to pre-populate mail and news server settings, as well as a welcome e-mail message and customized Infopane. Additional Outlook Express customizations include newsgroup pre-population, message rules and views options.

  • HTML Help – All of the IEAK 5 documentation uses the HTML Help engine, which is the same Help engine used in Internet Explorer 5 and Windows 98. HTML Help is referenced and hyperlinked to improve access to technical information in the Help file.

  • Improved UI – The IEAK 5 Customization wizard has an easier-to-use, more attractive and better-organized user interface, making deployment much more straightforward and less time-consuming for administrators.

Chapter 4: Getting Started

To create and deploy custom Internet Explorer 5 packages, administrators follow the same general process as with any application or operating system upgrade. Microsoft recommends the following steps in a properly planned deployment:

  1. Gather information and make decisions. Use the Custom Build Checklist to gather necessary information and files. This checklist also helps administrators make decisions about deployment, such as distribution type and components to include.

  2. Learn how to use the IEAK. Build a pilot deployment package using the IEAK. Complete instructions and information on the IEAK are in Step #2, "Configuring Custom Packages with the IEAK Customization Wizard."

  3. Trial Deployment #1. First, test the pilot deployment in a lab on non-production machines. Instructions and guidelines on how to conduct a test lab are included in Appendix D, "Creating a Pilot Program." The installation process and browser configuration should be tested for all platforms and installation media types.

  4. Trial Deployment #2. After initial deployment, update and version the deployment package with any changes incorporated from the test lab. Test the final deployment in a lab on non-production machines. It is not safe to assume that changes, no matter how small, will have no effect on the deployment. Two hours of testing in the lab can save two weeks of trying to fix a bad deployment.

  5. Final Deployment. Once the final version of the package is tested and approved, it is ready for distribution to customers.

The creation and deployment of this (and any other) software package is iterative; this Plan-->Develop-->Test procedure could go through a single cycle—or many cycles—before the package is ready for deployment.

Installation and Sign-up Procedure for Internet Service Providers

An ISP deployment typically contains the following elements:

  1. Installation Code. This is the package that is generated by the IEAK. The package contains all of the necessary files to install, configure, and run Internet Explorer. The IEAK will generate a package for each type of installation media desired. The package will generally be configured with at least the following options:

    • Company branding, such as custom logos, title bar, Favorites and start page.

    • Automatic Connection – The package will generate a Dial-up Networking or Connection Manager entry on the user's machine that is configured for the ISP's dial-up phone number, proxy settings, etc. Automatic connection information, including phone number, account and password, are typically generated by using a sign-up process. For more information, see Appendix B, "Automatic Connections" and "Sign-up."

    • Optional Components – Components such as Outlook Express for mail and news, Macromedia Shockwave and Microsoft Chat can be added and configured.

  2. Installation Media. The Installation Media are the physical methods used to deliver the package. The media can consist of a CD master, Web download site or floppy disk masters. This deployment guide contains instructions for preparing the installation media in the "Stage 6: Browser Deployment" section below.

  3. Sign-up Information. Sign-up is the process of collecting user account and billing information, and using it to customize the browser and connection information. The IEAK will include all necessary sign-up files with the browser package, but some server-based sign-up files may need to be deployed onto a Web server by the ISP. Examples of sign-up files are included with the IEAK.

Once these items are created and tested, the ISP is ready to deploy Internet Explorer 5 to existing and potential customers. Bulk mailings can be sent out with a complete CD, a single floppy disk that starts the Web download process, or multiple floppy disks. Links to the IE5setup.exe file can be e-mailed or linked to existing distribution Web pages.

Logo Customization

Create a folder on your hard disk or network drive for the custom bitmaps you will use. If you are going to use custom bitmaps for the wizard setup screens, Autorun screens, etc., then you should have the bitmaps ready to use before running the IEAK. The following bitmaps and images can be customized in Internet Explorer 5. They should be prepared and copied to the IEAK workstation before beginning the Configuration wizard. All bitmaps will need to be 256 color bitmaps. See Appendix A for examples of how some of the more commonly customized bitmaps might appear.

  • Left Setup wizard bitmap path (first page): 162 X 312 pixels

  • Setup wizard top banner path (all pages except first): 496 X 96 pixels

  • CD Autorun custom bitmap path: 540 X 347 pixels

  • CMAK logon bitmap path: 330 X 141 pixels

  • CMAK phonebook bitmap path: 114 X 304 pixels

  • Program icon path: 256 color .ico (icon) file: 32 X 32 pixels

  • Title bar icon path: 256 color .ico (icon) file: 16 X 16 pixels

  • Status area icon path: 256 color .ico (icon) file: 16 X 16 pixels

  • Large animated browser logo: 38 X 38 pixels

  • Small animated browser logo: 22 X 22 pixels

  • Large static browser logo: 38 X 38 pixels

  • Small static browser logo: 22 X 22 pixels

The custom backgrounds and buttons are displayed only on computers with 256-color (8-bit) display capabilities. On computers with 16-color (4-bit) display capabilities, a standard low-resolution background bitmap and button set is displayed. For more information about all the graphics you can customize in the IEAK, see "Creating Customized Graphics" in the IEAK Help.

Internet Explorer 5 Deployment Checklist

Use the following checklist to gather the necessary information before using the IEAK 5. An asterisk (*) denotes required information. More information about specific components can be found in the Glossary.

Important Decisions

* Company Name:____________________* Product Keycode:____________________

* Platform: part201 Win9x/NT Win3.x UNIX

* Type of Distribution: part201 Download CD-ROM Flat (LAN) Multiple Floppy

Branding Customizations

Title Bar Customizations

Information is used to customize installation screens and how the browser is presented to users.

part201 CD Autorun screen title bar text: ____________________

part201 Setup wizard title bar text: ____________________

part201 Browser title bar text: ____________________

(i.e., Microsoft Internet Explorer provided by "ACME")

Files to Collect

part201 Setup wizard top banner: 496 X 96 pixels

part201 Setup wizard left bitmap: 162 X 312 pixels

part201 Browser toolbar background bitmap

part201 Large animated browser logo: 38 X 38 pixels

part201 Small animated browser logo: 22 X 22 pixels

part201 Large static browser logo: 38 X 38 pixels

part201 Small static browser logo: 22 X 22 pixels

part201 CD Autorun custom bitmap path: 540 X 347 pixels

part201 CD Autorun "More Information" text file

part201 CD Autorun kiosk mode startup HTML file

URLs to Collect

These URLs will become part of a user's desktop.

Home page URL:


Search pane URL:


Online support page URL:


Favorite URLs:


(Up to 200)






Product update page:


Custom welcome page:


Configuration Information

Automatic Connection

Pre-configuring dial-up settings will help users connect more easily.

Name of dial-up entry: ____________________

Phone number ____________________

Use Proxy Server? part201 Yes No

If Yes, proxy settings: Address:____________________ Port:____________________


See Appendix B for a complete discussion of sign-up and steps for preparing sign-up files.

part201 Internet sign-up server Serverless sign-up No sign-up

Internet Sign-up Server

Sign-up server method: part201 Kiosk mode Internet Connection wizard

Kiosk (full-screen) mode sign-up is included for compatibility with existing procedures.

Path to Signup.htm file:


Internet settings (.ins) files:


(One per location)






Web path of sign-up HTML files:


File path of sign-up HTML files:


Serverless Sign-up – kiosk mode only

Path to Signup.htm file:


Internet settings (.ins) files:


(One per location)






Outlook Express

Outlook Express is an integrated component of Internet Explorer 5.

Incoming mail server address: ____________________

Outgoing mail server address: ____________________

News server address: ____________________

Infopane: (URL or local file)

URL path: ____________________

Local file HTML path: ____________________

Local file image path: ____________________

Custom HTML welcome message:

HTML path: ____________________

Sender address: ____________________

Reply-to address: ____________________

LDAP Address Server

Service name: ____________________

Server name: ____________________

Service Web site: ____________________

Search base: c=____________________

Service bitmap path: ____________________

Custom Components

You can add up to 10 custom components, which your customers may install along with Microsoft Internet Explorer and the other Microsoft components you have selected. These components may be provided in the form of a compressed cabinet (.cab) file or a self-extracting executable (.exe) if applicable. If you specify a .cab file, you must also specify the command to run.









Uninstall key:






Deployment Information

*Web Distribution 1

Download site name: (i.e., Primary Download Site) ____________________

Download site URL: (i.e., http://www.domain.com/ie5) ____________________

Site region: (i.e., North America) ____________________

Local path for download files: (i.e., c:\wwwroot\ie5) ____________________

Digital Signatures

Certification Authorities (CAs) issue digital certificates verifying the electronic identity of individuals and organizations. If you have a publisher certificate from one of the CAs, you can have your custom package automatically signed.

Company name on certificate: ____________________

Software publishing certificates (.spc) file: ____________________

Private key (.pvk) file: ____________________

Description text: ____________________

More information URL: ____________________

Other Information

Certificate Customization

You can add a root certificate to your customized IEAK package by typing the URL into the new root certificate path box. This provides a level of trust that certificates lower in the hierarchy can inherit. Each certificate is inspected for a parent certificate until it reaches the root certificate.

New root certificate path: ____________________


You can customize the channels in your package. Fill out the following items for each channel that you wish to add:

Channel title: ____________________

Channel definition file on Web server URL: ____________________

Channel definition file path: ____________________

Narrow channel image path: ____________________

Channel icon path: ____________________

User Agent String

Some companies track site statistics, such as how many times their content is accessed and by which types of Web browsers. User Agent Strings help identify the browser type.

User Agent String: ____________________

Welcome Page

The IEAK Customization wizard is used to create custom packages that install customized versions of Internet Explorer for end users. The IEAK Customization wizard is a step-by-step process organized into five stages. Each stage requires completion of at least four wizard pages.

Administrators should allow one hour to configure the first package from start to finish. It's best to do this in one session, otherwise some options may have to be respecified. Once a package is configured, each subsequent package will require less time because some of the values specified for a previous package can be reused.

The following sections display all of the wizard pages. Each page is followed by a table that describes the features and options available on that wizard page.




Accept the values on the current page and move to next page.


Display any previous page. May have to retype some of the values you've entered.


Exit this package.


Need more information about using a page or specific feature.


1 Mandatory information only if distributing Internet Explorer 5 over the Internet.

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