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Part 3: Running the IEAK Customization Wizard

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Chapter 5: Gathering Information
Chapter 6: Specifying Setup Parameters
Chapter 7: Customizing Setup
Chapter 8: Customizing the Browser
Chapter 9: Customizing Components
Chapter 10: Browser Distribution

Chapter 5: Gathering Information

The IEAK Customization wizard pages in Stage 1 are:

  • Gathering information

  • Company name and customization code

  • Platform options

  • File locations

  • Advanced options

  • Select media to distribute your browser

  • Language selection

  • Media selection

  • Feature selection

In this section, the wizard simply prompts the administrator for this information.

Gathering Information


Company Name and Customization Code




Company Name

Type the name of your company. This information is put in the Registry for identification.

Customization Code

Type the code you received from Microsoft at the IEAK Web site.

Get Customization Code

If you do not already have a customization code, then this button will take you to the Microsoft Web page where you can register for a customization code.

The title that best fits your role

Because the customization code is specific for your role, the wizard automatically selects Content Provider. Be sure to select Service Provider Option to receive all of the necessary wizard options for Internet Service Providers.

Platform Options


This screen allows administrators to select the platform version of Internet Explorer 5.

File Locations




Destination folder

This is the location that the packages will be placed in after the wizard is finished.

Advanced Options




Check for latest components via AVS

AVS will check for the latest versions of all AVS components. AVS must be run at least once if the IEAK was installed from the Internet.

Path of .ins files to import settings from

The IEAK retains the most recently used settings of each separately saved build in the .ins subdirectory. Administrators can recover the settings from a previous .ins file by entering the path here.

Component download folder

Checking this box will allow administrators to specify a location for the downloaded components. If this location is changed, then the IEAK will need to resynchronize all components.

It is important that administrators understand versioning and version synchronization when setting a browser policy for an organization. Microsoft may periodically release a later version of the Internet Explorer 5 browser or its components, and the IEAK can synchronize its downloaded components with the latest versions. However, once these components have been synchronized, there is no way to roll back to an earlier version when creating new packages. There are two ways for administrators to access older versions of updated components:

  1. Administrators should check the "Change Component Download Folder" button when synchronizing components, and specify a new location for components. Selecting this option will require a complete resynchronization of all components because the IEAK will not see any downloaded components in the new folder. This may be desirable if the integrity of an up-to-date component is unknown and a separate and newly downloaded version is desired.

  2. After downloading and synchronizing the production set of components, make a copy of the c:\program files\ieak\download folder. This will keep a copy of older components that can be copied back to the \downloads location if an updated component needs to be rolled back. When synchronizing, only the new versions of components will be updated.

Because Internet Explorer components are not installed during IEAK setup, administrators will be required to synchronize at least the Internet Explorer Web browser the first time the IEAK is run.

Language Selection


Localized versions of the Internet Explorer package can be created by selecting a language from the pull-down box. The wizard must be run once for each localized version that is created.

Media Selection


This screen allows administrators to select the media used for installation. Almost every package created will require 20-60 MB of storage in the location specified in the previous screen.

The Customization wizard creates a number of files, including all necessary .cab files, configuration files and a small IE5setup.exe file that can be quickly downloaded, distributed via e-mail or put on a floppy disk. The IE5setup.exe program will contain download and distribution information that is specified during the IEAK setup. The CD-ROM installation will also create the CD Autorun program in addition to the Internet Explorer 5 installation files. A complete set of installation files will be generated for each option except for the single disk branding option. Single disk branding will generate only the files necessary to customize an existing Internet Explorer 4 or Internet Explorer 5 installation.

The recommended installation types for ISPs are CD-ROM, Web download and single disk branding.

Note: The Internet Explorer 5 Connection Wizard (ICW) component is not included in a single disk branding package. Although single disk branding will brand an Internet Explorer 4.x browser, server-based signup using the ICW will not work for Internet Explorer 4 browsers. If a single disk branding package is going to be used on Windows 98 computers, then kiosk-mode server-based sign-up should be used.

Feature Selection


You can determine which remaining screens of the Customization wizard are displayed by selecting or clearing the check boxes in this screen. For instance, if you only planned to customize links and URLs, you could clear the other check boxes so that other screens aren't displayed. This will make it faster and easier to complete the Customization wizard. Checking or clearing these boxes will not affect functionality; rather, these boxes will determine which items in the IEAK Customization wizard you can customize.

Chapter 6: Specifying Setup Parameters

The Internet Explorer 5 setup engine provides some distinct advantages over previous installation methods. Specifically, IE5setup.exe is a small, Web-based setup package that lets users install the latest Internet Explorer components directly from a Web site. It is small (about 400K) so it can be run from a single floppy disk, distributed via e-mail or downloaded quickly over the Internet. Internet Explorer Setup not only manages the entire installation process, but it can also search to see what components are already installed, and alert users or administrators when there are newer versions available. When Internet Explorer 5 setup downloads Internet Explorer 5, it breaks it up into several small segments. In the event of a failure or dropped connection, this makes it possible to restart an installation from where it was interrupted, instead of having to start over from the beginning.

The IEAK Customization wizard pages in Stage 2:

  • Specifying Setup Parameters

  • Select a Microsoft Download Site

  • Automatic Version Synchronization (AVS)

  • Add Custom Components


In this stage, the Microsoft download sites are specified. The IEAK does not check the validity or availability of any Web servers specified. A package created with an incorrect URL must be re-created to correct the error. Internet Explorer components must also be downloaded or updated, and any custom components must be selected for inclusion in the package.

Note: The "Stage 6: Browser Deployment" section of this paper provides assistance with planning a Web server configuration using the Checklist – it is important to do this before proceeding with Step 2.

Microsoft Download Site


The IEAK automatically loads the list of sites from which to choose. Pull down the Web site from which the latest versions of Internet Explorer and other Internet Explorer components will be downloaded. The IEAK requires that at least the Internet Explorer 5 Web Browser components be synchronized the first time a package is created, as well as whenever the component download folder is changed.

Automatic Version Synchronization





Click here to synchronize only the specific Internet Explorer components that you have highlighted.
The wizard downloads the latest version(s) of the component(s) that you selected.

Synchronize All

Use this button to synchronize all Internet Explorer components.
The wizard downloads the latest version of each Internet Explorer component without any version checking.

This wizard page shows quickly whether any updates have been posted for the Internet Explorer 5 components. A red signal means that no component has been downloaded, a yellow signal means that a newer version is available and a green signal indicates that the administrator already has the latest version. Although it is recommended that an organization use the latest possible version of Internet Explorer 5, administrators may wish to generate new packages using older versions of a component to ensure version continuity across the enterprise. It is important to remember that there is no rollback option to earlier versions of these components. Newer versions will overwrite older versions as they are downloaded. To keep the older versions of these components, specify a different download location for the newly synchronized components.

In addition, Internet Explorer 5 Browser and Components can be rolled back to earlier versions only by uninstalling Internet Explorer and reinstalling an earlier package. For this reason, each package generated should be created into a separate subdirectory with enough versioning documentation to help determine what it contains throughout the life of the product.

Add Custom Components


Here administrators can choose to add any custom components to include with a package. These components can be self-extracting executable (.exe) files or compressed cabinet (.cab) files. Up to 10 custom components can be added, which users can install either before or during browser installation. It is recommended that administrators sign any custom code. Code-signing lets users know they can trust code before downloading it to their computers. The default settings in Internet Explorer will reject unsigned code. Switches for unattended installations can be entered in the Parameters dialog box.




Enter the name of your component in this box. This name will appear in the setup screen when users install your software.


Click Browse, or type the path to the self-extracting .exe file or the .cab file for the component.


For .cab files only. Type the command needed to run the .cab file.


For .exe files only. Type the switch(es) you want to run with the .exe file. Switches can be used for network or unattended installation. See the component's help documentation for more information.

GUID (Globally Unique Identifier)

If your program already has a GUID, type it in the box. A GUID will otherwise be automatically generated. A GUID establishes a unique identity for programs, objects and other items. For more information on GUIDs, please see "What is a Globally Unique Identifier?" in the IEAK online Help.

Uninstall Key

To allow end users to uninstall this component, administrators should type the registry entry including both the DISPLAYNAME and UNINSTALLSTRING values in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Uninstall/. More information on Uninstall Keys can be found in the IEAK Help.


Type a version number to help track versions of your program and ensure that the latest version is installed.

Install this package before Internet Explorer

Select this option to have the component install before Internet Explorer.

Chapter 7: Customizing Setup

The IEAK Customization wizard pages in Stage 3:

  • CD Autorun Customizations

  • More CD Options

  • Customize Setup

  • Installation Options

  • Component Download Site

  • Component Download

  • Advanced Installation Options

  • Components on Media

  • Digital Signatures


CD Autorun Customizations


(CD installation only)



Title bar text

This is the text that goes in the CD Autorun title bar.

Custom background bitmap location

You can provide a bitmap that appears behind the text. Make sure the background color doesn't conflict with the text color. This bitmap must be 540 X 347 pixels.

Standard text color

This setting determines the color of any text that isn't part of a link.

Highlight text color

This setting determines the color of the links on the page.

Button style

You can determine the appearance of the buttons that users click to install Internet Explorer and to get more information. See the Help file for more information on button requirements.

More CD Options


This screen allows you to specify a "more information" text file, as well as the initial start file that is seen when Internet Explorer first runs.

Note: If you are using Serverless Signup features, then you should enter the path to your Signup.htm file as the kiosk mode start page. For more information on sign-up, see Appendix B, "Automated Connections" and "Sign-up."

Internet sign-up server pages that do not use the Microsoft Internet Connection Wizard also need to be run as a kiosk mode start page. If you are going to use the ICW for signup, then clear the kiosk mode check box.

Customize Setup




Setup wizard title bar text

Type the text you want to appear in the title bar of the end user's Setup wizard page.

Left setup wizard bitmap path

Type the path to a bitmap or click Browse to locate the path to the image. The bitmap must be 162 X 312 pixels.

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.

Installation Options


This page is used to customize the Minimal, Typical and Full Installation packages and components. The arrow keys are used to move components back and forth to create customized packages. Administrators are not limited to these two types of installations: Up to 10 installation options can be created per package, each of which includes a specified configuration, the option name and descriptions of those options.




Select the option you prefer, or click New to add a custom option.


Enter a description of this custom package that end users will see when installing Internet Explorer. Provide enough information so that users can make a decision about which software to install.

Components available

The wizard lists the components that you made available on the AVS page. To add additional components, click Back until you reach that page.

Components to install

The wizard lists the components to be included in this installation option.

Component Download Site


This wizard page must be completed for each download URL.



Site name

Click Add to designate a download site. If you wish, you can modify the name created by the wizard.
Note: Do not use commas in the name.

Site URL

Type the URL for your HTTP or FTP server. This is the location for the file IE5sites.dat. See below.

Site region

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

Custom download sites

The wizard lists all of the downloaded sites.

See the "Stage 6: Browser Deployment" section below for more information on Web server configuration and file locations.

Note: The IEAK will not check the validity of the listed Web server, nor will it copy the installation files to the Web server unless the Web share location was specified as the package creation location at the beginning of this wizard.

Component Download




URL of Add-on Component Page

The Add-on Component Page is the page that is viewed when the user selects the Product Update option within Internet Explorer, or when the user chooses to add a component in Windows Update.

Download components from Microsoft after install

You can also enable users to download components directly from Microsoft, rather than from the original distribution servers or media. Selecting this check box can reduce administrative overhead because the ISP will not need to maintain an updated list of components.

Examples of a custom add-on page are included in the IEAK Toolkit in the \Program Files\IEAK\Toolkit\Addons\HTML folder.

Advanced Installation Options




Optimize for Web download

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.

Optional component window

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.

Components on Media


The components in this list have been downloaded to the IEAK computer but have not been included in a Setup option. The components selected can be made available for installation if users attempt to use a feature that requires these components; this feature is called Install on Demand.

Connection Manager Customization


The Connection Manager Administration Kit (CMAK) can be used to create a customized and branded connection profile for users. A connection profile is useful when an administrator wishes to automatically distribute, configure and manage dial-up connections for users. The CMAK is a separate program that is included with the IEAK. A CMAK profile can be generated during the Customization wizard by selecting the Start CMAK option, or an existing profile can be used by selecting the Use Custom Profile check box and then entering the path to the custom profile.

Note: The CMAK does not create Dial-up Networking entries. The recommended way to create an automatic dial-up connection is by importing connection settings, or using a sign-up page.

See Appendix C for more information on how to create a custom connection profile by using the CMAK.

See Appendix B for a discussion about automatic connections and sign-up.

Digital Signatures


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. Information about the digital certificate must be specified when using the Internet Explorer Customization wizard.



Company name on certificate

If a publisher certificate is on your 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 it.

Private key .pvk file

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

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 your company.

Chapter 8: Customizing the Browser


The IEAK Customization wizard pages in Stage 4:

  • Customize the Browser Title and Toolbar Background

  • Customize the Toolbar Buttons

  • Specify Animated and Static Logos

  • Customize Important URLs

  • Favorites and Links

  • Channels

  • Welcome Page

  • User Agent String

  • Connection Settings

  • Proxy Settings

  • Add a Root Certificate

  • Specify the Sign-up Method

Browser Title




Customize title bars

Select this check box to customize the browser title bars (and Outlook Express if included in the package).

Title bar text

Type the text that you want to follow the phrase "Microsoft Internet Explorer provided by."

Toolbar background bitmap

Type the path to the bitmap (or "watermark") to be displayed in the background behind the Internet Explorer toolbar buttons, or click Browse to locate it.

Browser Toolbar Buttons


Browser toolbar buttons can be added to the browser. By selecting Add, the following options will be displayed:




Toolbar caption

This is the name of the toolbar button.

Toolbar action

Browse to the executable that you want this toolbar button to run.

Toolbar color icon

An .ico icon file is required for your toolbar. Browse to it by selecting the Browse button, or type in the path.

Toolbar grayscale icon

An .ico icon file that is rendered in shades of gray. This icon will display correctly on black-and-white monitors.

Animated Logo


With Internet Explorer 5, all Internet Explorer administrators have the ability to customize the animated logo that appears in the upper-right corner of the Internet Explorer window. In Internet Explorer 4 this ability was limited to customers with special licensing agreements.

With an animated bitmap, the first frame appears as static when no action is taking place in the browser; the remaining frames appear as animated when the browser is in use. Two animated bitmaps are required for a custom animated logo: one at 22 X 22 pixels and the other at 38 X 38 pixels. The paths of the small and large custom animated bitmaps need to be typed in the boxes provided. Sample animated bitmaps are available in the IEAK Toolkit, which is installed in the \Ieak\Toolkit folder on the hard disk when the IEAK is installed.

Two tools are included with the IEAK to help administrators create customized animated bitmaps for the browser. One is used to stack bitmaps in the format described above, and the other previews the animation. Information about how to use these tools is included in "Animated Bitmap Tools" in the IEAK Help section.

Static Logo


The Internet Explorer logo in the upper-right corner of the browser appears in two states: animated when the browser is in use, and static when no action is taking place. The small and large bitmaps must be 22 X 22 and 38 X 38 pixels, respectively.

Important URLs




Home page URL

To use the default Internet Explorer home page, click Use Default. To use another home page, type the URL of the home page.

Search bar URL

To use the default Internet Explorer Search Pane, click Use Default. To use another search bar, type the URL of the search bar.

Online support page URL

To use the default Online Support Page, click Use Default. To use another support page, type the URL of the support page.

In Internet Explorer 5, search results are written so that the results of the search appear in the main browser window, rather than in the search pane.

Note: The Test URL button has been removed from the IEAK in Internet Explorer 5. Administrators should be sure to verify that the URLs are typed in correctly before distributing the package to users.

Favorites and Links





Type a name for the Favorite or link.


Type a URL for the Favorite or link.
You can click Test URL to ensure that the URL is correct.

Add Folder

To insert a hierarchical directory into the Favorites list, which can include more Favorites, click Add Folder.


Select Favorites or Links or a folder, then click Add URL to add its URL.


Select Import to point the IEAK to a link or a folder of links that you would like to import into the package.





Delete existing channels, if present

The IEAK includes the channels that are configured on the IEAK workstation, as well as any custom channels that you add. The existing channels can be removed and a customized list used instead.

Turn on desktop Channel Bar by default

The Desktop Channel bar can be selectively enabled or disabled with this option.

Add Channel

Adds a channel to the Channel Bar. See the next screen shot for information on channel setup.

Add Category

Adds a category to the Channel bar for channel organization and customization.

Channels can be used by including the Internet Explorer Browsing Enhancements in the custom browser package. Channels are an Internet Explorer feature that allows a user to be notified when content on a particular Web site has been changed. The easiest way to set up channels is to configure the IEAK workstation with the desired corporate channels and then import those settings. Information on manually configuring channel information can be found in the Internet Explorer 5 Help file and on the Microsoft Site Builder network.

Welcome Page




Welcome page

Select the welcome page you want to display. The default is the Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 welcome page.

Do not display a welcome page

Select this option if you don't want to display a welcome page. The first page displayed will then be the home page.

Use a custom welcome page

Type the URL for your custom welcome page.

Internet Explorer displays a welcome page the first time the browser is launched. You can display the default Internet Explorer welcome page, or you can specify the URL of your own custom welcome page. The welcome page is not the same as the home page, which is the page that opens each time you start your browser (after the first time), and when the user clicks the Home button. The welcome page is also not the same as the kiosk mode start page, which runs once before both the welcome page and home page.

Note: The "Welcome to Internet Explorer" startup dialog that you had to run twice in Internet Explorer 4.0 is not displayed in Internet Explorer 5.

User Agent String


The string entered in this box is appended to the user agent string for the customized browser. The user agent string does not need to be customized unless the administrator wants to track the usage of a custom browser and gather browser statistics from other Internet sites. Administrators should be aware that other companies that track site statistics will see the customized string.

An example of how this would appear is:

Mozilla/4.0 (compatible : MSIE 5.0;WindowsNT) ; Acme Package1

Connection Settings


This dialog box will allow administrators to import all of the connection setting from the current installation of Internet Explorer 5 on the IEAK workstation. This option will import all of the settings on the Connection tab of the Internet Options screen.

Select the Modify Settings button to adjust the local connections before importing them into the package. Individual settings such as proxy server and configuration scripts can be specified for each Dial-up Networking connection.

Importing a connection setting will also import the connection itself. This is a very easy way to create customized Dial-Up Networking entries on the user's workstation.

Connection settings can also be created by using a sign-up process, and this is the preferred method for dynamically creating automatic connections for ISPs. For more information on automatic connections, see Appendix B: "Automatic Connections" and "Sign-up." Do not import settings if you are going to be using a sign-up process, whether server-based or serverless. Sign-up connections will be created later in the Internet Explorer Customization wizard.

Proxy Settings


This dialog box specifies the standard proxy server for this package installation, and is displayed only if connection settings are not imported. If an organization has more than one proxy server, or needs to specify different proxy settings for a user based on location, organization, etc., then different approaches can be taken to specify different proxy setting for different users:

  • Create individual packages for each group that requires a different proxy setting, and then distribute these packages separately to each group. Specify a different .ins file for each package. This approach is best when distributing Internet Explorer 5 to users in different WAN sites, and when other configuration options will need to be specified for these sites. The individual .ins files can be used to update site-specific browser options and security policies for each group.

  • Create a .pac, .js, or .jvs file for advanced proxy configuration and specify it in a general package distributed to all users. Advanced proxy configuration can assign proxy servers using rules and group identifiers. The IEAK Help file contains 10 examples of proxy scripting files that can be used for advanced proxy configuration. Using .pac, .js, or .jvs files for proxy configuration is a good idea when different proxy servers need to be dynamically specified for different users or groups in the same organization.



Enable Proxy Settings

If you do not use proxy servers, clear this check box.


Type the URL of the proxy server for HTTP and its port number.


Type the URL of the secure proxy server and its port number.


Type the URL of the proxy server for FTP and its port number.


Type the URL of the proxy server for Gopher and its port number.


Type the URL of the sock proxy and its port number.

Use the same proxy server

To use different proxy servers for different services, clear this check box.


Type the path(s) or domain(s) that do not require the use of proxy servers.

Do not use proxy server for local

To use proxy servers for all URLs, clear this check box.

Add a Root Certificate


Administrators 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. Check the IEAK Help file for more information on root certificates.



ISPs can specify how users sign up with their service and connect to the Internet:

Internet Sign-up Server. This method provides full flexibility and dynamically adapts to various sign-up options. The examples included with the IEAK Toolkit will collect user account, billing and password information, save this information to a Microsoft Access database, and then configure the browser and Dial-up Networking with all of the information necessary to automatically connect through the ISP to the Internet. Internet sign-up can be used in two different ways:

  • A consistent installation look-and-feel can be achieved by using the Internet Connection Wizard (ICW). The ICW will act as a shell to customized sign-up files that reside on the ISP's sign-up server.

  • An existing Web-based sign-up process can be integrated by selecting kiosk mode sign-up server. This method is appropriate if the ISP already has an HTML-based sign-up process that they do not wish to alter. The sign-up page must be specified at the beginning of the Customization wizard as the kiosk mode start page.

Serverless Sign-up. This method doesn't require a sign-up server. If you select the serverless method, the Internet Explorer Customization wizard will prompt you to provide the necessary information to control the sign-up process.

No Sign-up. Specify this if you don't want users to go through a sign-up procedure when they install their custom browser.

A complete description of how to use the sign-up features is included in Appendix B, "Automatic Connection" and "Sign-up." It is highly recommended that administrators review this section before attempting to integrate sign-up of any sort. Using sign-up features changes the way that Internet Explorer starts, and these changes are difficult to bypass or alter if the sign-up settings are not correctly configured.

Chapter 9: Customizing Components


The IEAK Customization wizard pages in Stage 5:

  • Specify Internet Mail Servers, Domain and News Server

  • Configure Outlook Express Accounts

  • Configure Outlook Express Custom Content

  • Configure Outlook Express View Settings

  • Specify Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) Server Settings

  • System Policies and Restrictions

Stage 5 of the Customization wizard allows administrators to configure any components included in a package. If a component shown in this section was not included in a package, the configuration screen for it will not be displayed.



This screen allows the administrator to specify which programs are the default HTML editor, mail client, newsgroup reader, Calendar and Contact list. Because many of these clients contain ISP-specific settings, they should not be customized in the package.

Outlook Express Accounts


This wizard page appears only when Outlook Express is chosen as an Internet Explorer component. It's optional because end users can provide this information when they run Outlook Express, but this is a good way for ISPs to pre-configure server settings for their customers.



Incoming (POP or IMAP) mail server

Type the server name for handling incoming mail, i.e., Select the server type from the Server Type box.

Outgoing mail (SMTP) server

Type the server name of the outgoing mail server. This may be the same as the incoming mail server.

Internet news server

Type the server name of the Network News Transfer Protocol (NNTP) server to use.

Logon Using SPA (Secure Password Authentication)

If you want SPA to authenticate users when they log on, select this check box.

Make server names read-only

This check box prevents the user from making any changes to their Outlook Express account settings. This is not recommended for ISPs.

Outlook Express Custom Content





Click to specify a URL for the Outlook Express Infopane.

Local file

Click to use an HTML file for Outlook Express Infopane.

HTML path (Infopane)

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

HTML path (custom welcome message)

Type the path to the custom welcome message file or click Browse to locate it.


Type the user's name.


Type the user's e-mail address.

Administrators can give Outlook Express a custom look, and welcome new users with an e-mail message.

The Outlook Express Infopane contains helpful information and links. This pane can be customized with support numbers, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), and information about the company.

The Infopane appears as a window at the bottom of Outlook Express when the program is started. The Infopane can be customized with an HTML file that is either a local file or at an Internet address (URL).

Outlook Express Custom Settings




Make Outlook Express the default program for Mail, News

This setting will open Outlook Express automatically whenever a Mail or News item is opened by the Operating System.

News Group Window

Users can be presubscribed to newsgroups, such as public or private support newsgroups. In order to subscribe a user to a newsgroup, that newsgroup must be available from the news server specified as the default server in the previous screen.

Service Name

This is the name of the mail service that will provide additional mail accounts after initial configuration.

Service URL

This is the Web location of the account server that will configure Outlook Express with additional mail accounts.

Junk Mail Filtering

Outlook Express 5 contains a junk mail filter that screens junk mail and e-mail with adult content into a separate folder from the Inbox.

Note: The junk mail filter may relegate legitimate e-mails, such as electronic greeting cards from family or friends, to the junk mail folder, and dispose of them according to the user's preferences. The Junk Mail filter is not recommended as a default setting for ISPs.

Outlook Express View Settings


This wizard screen allows administrators to customize the basic appearance of Outlook Explorer. Check the IEAK Help files for more information on specific items.

Address Book Directory Service


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.



Server name

Type the name of the LDAP server.

Service name

Type the directory service.

Service Web site

Type the URL of the home page that Internet Explorer displays when the end user requests the LDAP Web site.

Search base

Type the root or scope for the hierarchical level at which to search the LDAP server: base, one or sub.

Service bitmap

Type the path to the location of the bitmap or click Browse to locate it.

Check names against this server when sending mail

If you want Outlook Express to check names before sending mail, select this check box.

System Policies and Restrictions




Left Pane

Select the subject you want to change policies and restrictions for.

Right Pane

Specify the policies and restrictions you want for the subject.

The administrator has the ability to set system policies and restrictions on the customer's workstation. This is an advanced feature that is recommended for corporate administrators only.

Wizard Complete


After finishing Stage 5, the IEAK Customization wizard creates the package for each type of distribution media specified in the wizard.

Chapter 10: Browser Distribution


The IEAK generates several installation subdirectories in the c:\builds folder. The Windows Explorer view of your generated packages should be similar to this:

Web Distribution

The following outlines how Internet Explorer 5 Setup works for the end user:

  • Ie5setup.exe extracts the setup files into a temporary directory.

  • Ie5setup looks at the [String] section of Ie5setup.inf for the URL location of the IE5sites.dat file.

  • Setup goes to the file IE5site.dat for the URLs for the download sites and then displays the download sites to the end user.

  • Setup downloads .cab files, which are placed in the directory the end user specifies.

  • Setup extracts the .cab files.

  • Setup installs Internet Explorer and each component the administrator specified.

  • If necessary, Setup prompts the end user to restart the computer.

The important files for a Web distribution of Internet Explorer 5 is the file iesetup.exe, the contents of the download subdirectory, and the file IE5sites.dat. The file IE5setup.exe locates the URL path to IE5sites.dat. IE5sites.dat is a text file that lists all of the download location information and the path to the .cab files in each location. For the purposes of this guide, it is assumed that administrators are running a Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS) or Personal Web Server, and that the default Web share location is c:\inetpub\wwwroot. If a different server or path is being used, some of the following locations may need to be changed.


The IE5Setup.exe file is a small (400K) file that can be distributed by e-mail or floppy disk. IE5Setup.exe is created in the following path: c:\builds\<Build_Number>\Download\Win32\En.

Download Subdirectory

The download subdirectory needs to be copied onto the Web server in the location specified during the Customization wizard. Administrators should make a note of the location that was specified as the download path for each download location in the IEAK package. In the Customization wizard walkthrough in this guide, this path was specified as http:\\\ie5\. The Download folder needs to be copied to a location specified during the Customization wizard. Assuming a standard Microsoft IIS installation, the file path in this example needs to be c:\inetpub\wwwroot\ie5. This folder structure can be created simply by copying the entire Download folder created under c:\builds\<build_number> to the file path.

Note: The c:\builds\<build_number> path may also contain the CD and floppy installation packages if these were created in the IEAK; they do not need to be copied to the Web Server.


Windows Explorer view of the Web download folder copied to the Web share location.

The IE5sites.dat File

The IE5sites.dat file will be put in the correct place simply by creating or copying the Downloads subdirectory to the Web path specified in the customization wizard.

CD Distribution

Copy everything from within the c:\builds\<build_number>\CD subdirectory onto the root of the CD. Unlike with a Web distribution, the CD subdirectory itself is not copied. The root of the CD-ROM will contain the Win32 subdirectory, Autorun.inf and a setup file.

Multiple Floppy Distribution

The IEAK will create a subdirectory called \mfloppy. Within this subdirectory are version-specific package folders, and within these are individual disk folders. Copy the files within each folder to the root of each disk.

Single Disk Branding Distribution

Single disk branding differs from other distribution methods in that only configuration settings files are generated. Single disk branding can be used to customize both Internet Explorer 4.x and Internet Explorer 5 browsers, although sign-up using the ICW will only work with Internet Explorer 5. The single disk branding option will create two subdirectories in the \builds directory, BrndOnly and INS.


BrndOnly will contain a single setup.exe file that contains all of the branding information from the Internet Explorer Customization wizard, but no customization files such as custom logos or additional dial-up networking connections. The BrndOnly setup option is used to create a customization file that is guaranteed to fit on a single floppy disk.

INS will contain an IE5setup.exe file, customized connection settings and all of the additional customization files that were included in the Internet Explorer Customization Wizard. All of the additional files will be stored in a file called Although it is unlikely, it is technically possible for the package created in the INS subdirectory to be too large to fit on a single floppy disk. Verify the size of the package before investing time in pilot testing and distribution.

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