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Active Desktop – Active Desktop is one of the two components installed with Windows Desktop Update. Active Desktop allows the user 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 IEAK, 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 IEAK, as well as system policies and restrictions.

AVS – Automatic Version Synchronization automatically checks for updated versions of each Internet Explorer Component every time the IEAK is run. Updated components can be downloaded from Microsoft and included in subsequent IEAK packages.

Bitmap – Bitmaps (.bmp files) are the format used for updating the graphics in an IEAK package. Most common graphic formats can be simply saved as bitmaps by using the "save as" command in Microsoft Paint.

Branding – Branding is the customization of 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 customized 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 – Certification Authorities are companies such as VeriSign or GTE that issue digital certificates, which 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 IEAK.

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. You do not need to sign files that you plan to install on the UNIX or Windows 3.x platforms.

Component – Examples of components are Outlook Express, Microsoft NetMeeting, and the VDOLive player. You can include many Internet components from Microsoft and other companies with the Internet Explorer browser.

Configuration Identifier – The Configuration Identifier is a string of text that a Web site can retrieve to identify the types and versions of browsers that visit it.

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 – Content ratings in Internet Explorer provide a way to help you control the types of content that your computer can access on the Internet. You can adjust the settings to reflect what you think is appropriate content in four areas: language, nudity, sex and violence.

Customization Wizard – The Customization wizard is one of the main components of the IEAK. The Customization wizard is used to generate a customized version of Internet Explorer for installation in a specific organization.

Deployment – Deployment is the actual process of installing Internet Explorer to an entire organization. Contrast with a "pilot," which is the installation of Internet Explorer on a group of test users.

Digital Certificates –Digital Certificates are issued by Certification Authorities, show where a program comes from, and prove that a package hasn't been altered. ISPs that plan to distribute an Internet Explorer package over the Internet should sign their code with a Digital Certificate.

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 – You can customize how My Computer and Control Panel appear on your 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 IEAK, you can generate a GUID for each custom component that you add.

Home Page – The Home Page is displayed every time Internet Explorer is started.

IEAK – The Internet Explorer Administrator Kit (IEAK) 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 IEAK. The Keycode is not required to install the IEAK, but it is required to generate IEAK 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 of non-production machines that are 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. ISPs can specify an additional service for their users.

Media – Media refers to the physical methods used for browser 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. You can customize this pane with support numbers, frequently asked questions (FAQ) and information about your 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 IEAK 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; for instance, Windows 95, Windows 3.x, Macintosh or UNIX.

Profile Manager – The Profile Manager is one of the major components of the IEAK. 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 IEAK 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 you to assign specific Web sites to various security zones, depending on how much you trust the content of the Web site. Security Zones allow an administrator to restrict user access to certain Web sites.

Server-based Sign-up – See Sign-up.

Serverless Sign-up – See Sign-up.

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.

Sign-up – Once Internet Explorer is installed, sign-up features can be used to complete the customer registration process. Server-based sign-up provides full flexibility and dynamically adapts to various sign-up options, but requires the use of CGI or ActiveX scripts on a Web Server. Serverless sign-up doesn't require a sign-up server. If you select the serverless method, the Internet Explorer Customization wizard prompts you to provide the necessary information to control the sign-up process.

Title Bar Text – Title bar text is the text at the very top of program windows. The title bar text can be branded for several windows in an Internet Explorer package, including the CD Autorun screen, the Browser itself and Outlook Express.

URL – Uniform Resource Locator. A URL is a Web address, such as "http://www.microsoft.com"

Usenet – Usenet groups are also called Newsgroups. They are text based newsgroups that serve as bulletin boards that any user can post to.

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 color of the watermark should 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.

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