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This book, the Microsoft® Internet Explorer 5 Resource Kit, provides comprehensive information about planning, customizing, installing, and supporting the latest version of Internet Explorer. Material in this book has been completely rewritten since the previous version to better fit the needs of its intended audience, which is corporate administrators, Internet content providers/developers, Internet service providers, and independent software vendors. If you work in one of those roles, you'll discover that this book contains useful and compelling solutions for both deploying and customizing Internet Explorer 5 in your organization.

You can use this book as a primary source of information about Internet Explorer 5 and its installation. The technical detail, tips, strategies, and tools provided in this book make it easy and cost-efficient to customize and deploy Internet Explorer 5, both on the Internet and on the corporate intranet.

You can also read this book as a supplement to information provided in the Help systems included with Internet Explorer 5 and the Microsoft Internet Explorer Administration Kit (IEAK). You'll find a listing of other resources in this book in Appendix I, "Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 Resource Directory." For additional information specifically about Internet Explorer 5, see the material posted on the Windows Web Site at http://www.microsoft.com/windows.

About This Resource Kit

This Resource Kit details the ways that you can best customize and use Internet Explorer 5 for your needs. It covers the planning process from deciding which components and features to include to distributing Internet Explorer throughout your organization or to your customers. It describes how you can make the most of browser functionality and showcase your content. It also provides detailed coverage of installation options and outlines ways to best handle support and maintenance.

Although this technical and planning resource focuses specifically on the latest version of Internet Explorer, its coverage includes much more. It describes customization and deployment features available across platforms (Windows 16-bit and 32- bit versions as well as UNIX) and discusses ways that you can design solutions that combine various tools and integrate with different Microsoft products.

This Resource Kit contains six parts, each of which covers a specific subject area:

  • Part 1, Getting Started—Part 1 provides an overview of Internet Explorer 5 features and functionality and gives essential background about the different customization and administration processes. It also describes how to work with different platforms as well as related tools and programs. In addition, it covers a number of topics important for maintaining security, such as digital certificates and content ratings. 

  • Part 2, Preparing—Part 2 describes how to handle deployment processes and develop installation strategies. It includes an overview of accessibility features and functionality. It also outlines how to set up and administer a pilot program before deployment. 

  • Part 3, Customizing—Part 3 focuses on the process of customizing Windows Update Setup for Internet Explorer 5 and Internet Tools. It also covers how you can use the Internet Explorer Customization wizard and other tools to create a customized browser solution. In addition, it discusses strategies for changing customization settings and describes how to use information (.inf) files to manipulate files during the download and setup processes. 

  • Part 4, Installing—Part 4 outlines the steps required to deploy an Internet Explorer 5 installation. In addition, it provides detailed information about how to use server-based and serverless processes for Internet sign-up.

  • Part 5, Maintaining and Supporting—Part 5 covers how to change Internet Explorer 5 settings globally after installation by using automatic configuration and automatic proxy. It also describes how to keep Internet Explorer programs and settings updated by using the IEAK Profile Manager, update notification pages, and software distribution channels. In addition, it provides an overview of how to implement an ongoing training and support program. 

  • Part 6, Appendixes—Part 6 provides supplemental material relating to customizing and installing Internet Explorer 5. It lists the content of the Resource Kit CD-ROM and gives sources of additional information about Internet Explorer 5 and related Microsoft products. It also contains comprehensive checklists for preparing to use the IEAK. It supplies the following reference information: structural definition of .inf files, descriptions of files used in the setup process, country/region and language codes, and batch-mode file syntax and command-line switches. In addition, it covers how to set system policies and restrictions and describes troubleshooting strategies for Internet Explorer 5 installations. 

Also included is a glossary with definitions for terms commonly used throughout the book.

Resource Kit Tools and Utilities

In addition to the Internet Explorer 5 Web browser, you'll find the following tools and utilities on the CD-ROM that comes with this book.

  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 4—Includes advanced management and security features for Windows NT, as well as late-breaking updates for the Year 2000 and euro currency changes.

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 Resource Kit—Reproduces the entire contents of this Resource Kit in HTML Help format. 

  • Internet Explorer Administration Kit 5 (IEAK)—Enables administrators to create, distribute, and update customized installations of Internet Explorer 5 using tools included in the kit, such as the Internet Explorer Customization wizard, the Microsoft Connection Manager Administration Kit (CMAK), and the IEAK Profile Manager. 

  • Corporate Applications Kit—Contains sample coding applications and templates for building Web-enabled programs for Internet Explorer 5. 

  • Internet Explorer 5 Deployment Guide—Provides detailed instructions, checklists, and examples for planning, deploying, and maintaining Internet Explorer 5. 

  • Additional Resources page—Lists product resources and Web sites that are sources of additional information about Internet Explorer 5 and related Microsoft products. 

Note For more detailed information about the CD-ROM contents, see Appendix A, "What's on the Resource Kit CD-ROM?"

Book Conventions

The following conventions are used in this book.




Indicates options in the user interface—such as the Security tab—that you click when performing procedures. This formatting is also used for keywords, such as the currentStyle object, and for commands that must be typed exactly as written, such as Mkdir <directory name>.


Represents a placeholder for a value or string. For example, if a syntax statement contains filename, you need to replace filename with the name of a file.


Indicates an HTML element, such as an ACTION attribute, and registry keys, such as HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.

MiXed Case

Specifies case sensitivity in API elements, such as the assertPermission method.


Presents example blocks of code:


Stands for elements that can be repeated. For the following command-line switch, 0 refers to the first installation choice, 1 refers to the second choice, 2 refers to the third choice, 3 refers to the fourth choice, and so on:

" " (straight quotation marks)

Specifies quotation marks required by input values or strings in code. For an example, see the monospace convention.


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