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Move an Auto-Configuration .ins File

If you need to move the .ins file used for Automatic Configuration to a different production server, you can use Windows® Internet Explorer® Administration Kit (IEAK) Profile Manager to update the location for the file. If you configured the .ins file to make updates at a specified interval, after updating the URL for automatic configuration, you must allow two intervals before the change takes effect.

You must copy any .cab files that have been created in the build folder to the folder that contains your .ins file.

You should leave the old .ins file on your server until you are sure that all of your users' configuration settings are updated. When users start Internet Explorer and the configuration settings are scheduled to be updated, the URL for automatic configuration is updated on their computers. At this point, the browser is still using the settings from the original auto-configuration .ins file (for example, http://existing_path/Default.ins/).

When users start their browsers a second time and the configuration settings are scheduled to be updated again, the browser reads the new auto-configuration .ins file (for example, http://new_path/Default.ins/). Once you are sure that the settings on all users' computers have been updated, you can remove the old copy of the auto-configuration .ins file from its original location.

To update the URL for automatic configuration

  1. Click Start, point to Programs, point to Windows IEAK 9, and then click IEAK Profile Manager.

  2. On the File menu, click Open, and then click the auto-configuration .ins file from your custom package.

  3. Under Wizard Settings, click Automatic Browser Configuration.

  4. Select the Enable Automatic Configuration check box.

  5. In the Auto-config URL (.INS File) box, type the new server path.

  6. On the File menu, click Save as, and then in the .INS file full path and filename box, type a name for the file, keeping the .ins extension.

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