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Internet Explorer 4.0 Administrator's Kit

 

 
Installation
Requirements:
486-DX66
Windows 95: 8M RAM; 16M RAM with Active Desktop
Windows NT: 16M RAM; 24M RAM with Active Desktop
39M disk space (Browser Only)
51M disk space (Standard Install)
64M disk space (Full Install)
 
IE4SETUP.EXE - Installs IE 4.0.
IE4WZD.EXE - Connects to MS-related website to download the rest of the IE install package.
IE4SITES.DAT - Contains download site location information.
IEREMOVE.EXE - Used for emergency uninstallation of IE 4.0.
IEXPRESS.EXE - Used to make a *.cab file from custom Components.

Administrator rights are required to install IE 4.0 on Windows NT 4.0.

Any user can install IE 4.0 on Windows 95.

To uninstall IE 4.0 use the add/remove option in Control Panel.

Installation details are logged to \$WINDIR$\LOG.TXT, which is renamed for successive re-installs as \$WINDIR$\LOG.BAK.

Profile Assistant is used to store personal information for interaction with web sites requesting the information.

Configure the Windows Desktop Update component to auto update the web content and to give a web-like interface to folders, but not to subscribe.

To remove Windows Desktop Update component select uninstall IE 4.0 then select WDC in the next succeeding window.

Temporary Internet folder and History folder cannot be deleted. To recover disk space adjust the size of the Temporary Internet folder on the general tab of Internet Options window

 
Migration
Migrating from Internet Explorer 3.x:
Migration from IE 3.x will install IE 4.x files in the same folder as 3.x. IE 3.x and 4.x cannot exist within the same computer and O/S, due to conflicting registry settings.

Migration from IE 3.x will automatically import proxy settings, favorites, and cookies, but not plug-ins.

Migrating from Netscape Navigator 3.x

Migration from Netscape Navigator will import proxy settings, bookmarks, and cookies, but not plug-ins.

Netscape Navigator can coexist with IE 4.x within the same computer and O/S.

 
Channels and Subscriptions

Each Channel title must be unique.

.CDF file - Mapping file containing web site contents.

A .HTML page can contain any number of links to a .CDF file.

.CDF files allows webmasters to convert their web site into a channel, which allows information to be pushed to the subscriber.

ISP and ICP can only delete and add one channel using the IEAK Wizard. The Corporate Administrator is allowed to delete all of them.

Full subscription allows the subscriber to do off-line browsing of the web site.

Partial subscription notifies the subscriber of web site content changes.

Updates cannot take place more frequently than by the hour.

The Favorites menu is used to suscribe to a web site.

A single channel can be configured to update from multiple web sites.

Software Distribution Channel - Active channel used to distribute software updates. Information is specified for this channel in the Open Software Distribution section of the .CDF file.

Setting AUTOINSTALL="YES" causes the application to automatically be downloaded and installed.

 
Packages
Download site URL is the http:// address where the software is installed from.

The wizard will automatically append the folder IE4SITE to the URL.

A single custom-built package can contain up to 10 separate configurations and up to 10 download sites, but only for a single language.

Only one download site can be specified when using Install Package Silently.

When using silent installation, after installation the package must reboot the user's system using both Auto Reboot and Do not prompt user for reboot settings.

After the IEAK installation, and before running the Profile Manager, reboot the system.

Advanced Version Synchronization screen:

Red - Component is missing.
Yellow - Disconnected from Internet, AVS is disabled, or component is not current.
Green - Component is installed and current.

Use the Synchronize button in the AVS screen to download the non-current components from the MS web site.

Modes
Mode Customization level
Corporate Admin Windows desktop update component, security settings, and proxy settings.
Internet Service Provider Additional programs & scripts, dial-up settings, and server-based packages.
Internet Content Provider Appearance of setup program, directs users to Internet/Intranet servers for downloads, language specific package, software distribution channel, and browser interface.
 

ISP license codes are a 10-digit code that enable the creation of the single floppy distribution, which allows customers to connect to the distribution server and download software.

When creating a single floppy distribution:

Users require TCP/IP and RAS to connect to ISP's Server modem.
A single .ISP file is used to direct the user to the sign-up server.
A unique .INS file is created dynamically for each user.
The ISP's 10-digit licence code is used as the licensing code when connecting via to the internet.
INSTALL.INS
INSTALL.INS - Stores options specified in the IEAK Wizard. Can be used to change the configuration of IE after installation.

The default location for saving the .INS file is the folder within the IE4SITE folder that contains the installation package. For English versions, the folder is \EN.

To create multiple packages with similar options copy the INSTALL.INS file to a new folder and use that folder as a destination for the new package.

IEAK Profile Manager is used to open and edit .INS files to be distributed with the login script in order to centrally manage and update the user browser settings whenever users login. The auto proxy files (.JS .JVS .PAC) can also be distributed in this way.

If you receive the "No Policy Files Found" error message when opening IEAK Profile Manager, the .INS file was not available.

The IEAK license agreement requires that distribution records are reported quarterly.

Stages

 

Stage 1:
Gathering Information
Content
Provider
Service
Provider
Corporate
Administrator
Enter Company Name and Customization Code Yes Yes Yes
Select Language Yes Yes Yes
Select Destination Folder/Distribution Media Yes(1) Yes(2) Yes(1)

 

 

Stage 2:
Specifying Active
Setup Paramaters
Content
Provider
Service
Provider
Corporate
Administrator
Select MS Download Site Yes Yes Yes
Automatic Version Synchronization Yes Yes Yes
Specify Custom Active Setup Components Yes(3) Yes(3) Yes(3)
Specify Trusted Publishers Yes Yes Yes

 

Stage 3:
Customizing Active Setup
Content
Provider
Service
Provider
Corporate
Administrator
Enter Active Setup Title Bar text and bitmap path Yes Yes Yes
Choose Silent Install No No Yes
Import Internet Connection Manager Settings No Yes No
Specify Installation Options Yes(3) Yes(3) Yes(3)
Specify Download Sites Yes(3) Yes(3) Yes(3)
Enter Version number, Add-on Component URL Yes Yes Yes
Specify Browser Installation Folder No No Yes
Decide to Integrate Web Desktop No No Yes

 

Stage 4:
Customizing the Browser
Content
Provider
Service
Provider
Corporate
Administrator
Enter Browser Title Bar text/toolbar bitmap path Yes Yes Yes
Enter Home Page and Search Page Yes Yes Yes
Enter Online Support URL Yes Yes Yes
Customize Favorites & Links Yes Yes Yes
Customize Welcome Message and Desktop Wallpaper Yes Yes Yes
Customize Channel Bar Yes(4) Yes(4) Yes(5)
Delete Competing Channels Yes Yes No
Customize Software Update Channels No Yes Yes
Add Active Desktop Components Yes(6) Yes(6) Yes(7)
Customize Desktop Toolbars No No Yes
Specify path of custom HTT files No No Yes
Specify User Agent String Yes Yes Yes
Set Auto-Configuration options No No Yes
Configure Proxy Settings No Yes Yes
Import Certificate Authorities/Authenticode info No No Yes
Customize Security zones and Content Ratings No No Yes
Select Sign-Up Method No Yes No
Specify path to Sign Up Files (.HTM and .ISP) No Yes No
URL of server script that generates .INS file No Yes No
Enter Dial-up Network Paramters No Yes No
Specify Logon Script File No Yes No

 

 

Stage 5:
Component Customization
Content
Provider
Service
Provider
Corporate
Administrator
POP3/SMTP and News Server Addresses No Yes Yes
LDAP Server Settings No Yes Yes
Customize Outlook Express Info Pane/welcome msg. No Yes Yes
Specify signatures to append to messages No No Yes
Set System Policies and Restrictions Yes(8) Yes(9) Yes(10)

 

(1) CD-ROM and Multiple Floppies only
(2) CD-ROM, Multiple Floppies and Single Floppy
(3) Up to 10
(4) Add 1 Channel or 1 Channel Category
(5) Complete customization
(6) 1 Only
(7) No limits
(8) Chat and Internet Settings only
(9) Chat, Netmeeting, Internet Settings, and Outlook Express Settings
(10) Settings available for Chat, Netmeeting, Internet Restrictions, Internet Settings, Outlook Express, Web Desktop, Subscriptions
Security
Zones Default Setting Add Sites
Local Intranet Zone Medium Yes
Internet Zone Medium No
Restricted Zone High Yes

The Internet Zone contains all sites that are not located in any other zone.

Zone Permissions:

Low:
Prompts users for unsigned ActiveX controls.
Prompts for Initialize and script ActiveX controls not marked safe for scripting.
Allows signed ActiveX controls without prompting.
Allows file downloads.

Medium:

Disables downloads of unsigned ActiveX controls.
Prompts for Initialize and script ActiveX controls not marked safe.
Prompts for signed ActiveX controls.
Prompts the user before submitting non-encrypted form data.
Allows file downloads.

High:

Disables download of signed ActiveX controls.
Disables download of unsigned ActiveX controls.
Prompts the user before submitting non-encrypted form data.
Disables file downloads.

By default Active scripting is enabled in all security zones.

In order of precendence, User profile -> Group profile -> Default User profile. Multiple groups are applied in order of group priority specified

Files
SHDOCVW.DLL - Enables the browser to navigate the web, view HTML pages and link to favorites.
WININET.DLL - Processes ActiveX controls.
MSHTML.DLL - This is the engine that renders HTML.
URLMON.DLL - Processes URL's to provide HTTP connectivity.

The following Files must be digital signed:

BRANDING.CAB
DESKTOP.CAB
IE40CIF.CAB
IE4SETUP.CAB
FOLDER .CAB
CHL .CAB
 

All .CAB and custom controls must be digitally signed for installation if they contain Active X components.

NetMeeting
Applications may be shared with other computers that do not have the applications loaded on them.

A NetMeeting call can be started using a computer's network address, a computer name, an Email address, or a modem telephone number but NOT using a user name.

NetMeeting supports only TCP/IP

To restrict a user from receiving video, use NetMeeting settings in IEAK Profile Manager.

System policies and restrictions in the IEAK Wizard using CONF.ADM can be used to remove the video tab in the NetMeeting tools menu, options.

TCP/IP Troubleshooting
Ping 'localhost' or '127.0.0.1' in order to confirm that TCP/IP is properly installed on a given system.

If it is possible to ping a TCP/IP address but not the Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN), check the DNS configuration and DNS servers for possible problems.

The NSLOOKUP diagnostic utility can be used to troubleshoot TCP/IP address/Host name resolution problems.

To view TCP/IP configuration:

Windows 95 - WINIPCFG
Windows NT - IPCONFIG /ALL

Network monitor can be used to view TCP/IP protocol statistics for a server from a workstation and also to capture and decode TCP/IP packets.

Miscellaneous and Components
Autocompletion functionality requires the History folder. Clearing the History folder disables the option of Autocompletion in the URL address bar.

Netshow: ASF, RTP Live audio and RTP WAV audio formats can create Streaming audio.

MS Wallet can be used to store name, address, and credit card information. It supports both SSL and SET security standards.

MS Personal Web server component is not a choice available in IEAK.

Authenticode 2.0 supports time stamping and verifiees that a certificate is not revoked and is still valid for a particular site. Renew the certificate from Publishers and upgrade to Authenticode 2.0 (From 1.0) in order to avoid warnings from a trusted site.

IEAK wizard can enable only one POP3 or IMAP Server address for clients. If more are required they must be added manually in Outlook Express.

Multicasting allows bandwidth saving by sending only one copy to all users.

Unicasting sends individual copies of a single message to all the destined users.

Use custom welcome page - Select this option and specify appropriate URL.

Path of custom desktop wallpaper file - customize user desktop by specifying a .BMP, .GIF, or .HTM file.

For customer bitmaps, create the following directory structure:

\CIE\ - Parent root for all files.
\CIE\BITMAPS\ - Where custom bitmap files are placed. Place in directory prior to running IEAK Wizard.

The custom toolbar bitmap for Internet Explorer will be displayed in IE, My Computer, Control Panel and Windows NT Explorer. It will not be displayed in any application like Outlook Express, etc.

It is not possible to change the window border style in installation screens using the IEAK Wizard.

Signatures can be added to mail and news by using the Profile Manager or the Include a Signature Screen of the IEAK Wizard.

Auto-configuration files (such as .INS files) can be used with login scripts.