Internet Explorer Administration Kit (IEAK)

Definition of Internet Explorer Administration Kit (IEAK) in The Network Encyclopedia.

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What is IEAK (Internet Explorer Administration Kit)?

A tool for preconfiguring and customizing Microsoft Internet Explorer version 4 and deploying it throughout an enterprise. The main component of the Internet Explorer Administration Kit (IEAK) is the IEAK Configuration Wizard, which is used to download, configure, and package Internet Explorer 4 components for distribution to users in the enterprise. Some of the features of the kit include:

  • Automatic Version Synchronization (AVS) for notifying administrators when software updates for Internet Explorer 4 become available. Administrators can download these updates and distribute them to users.
  • Profile Manager for centrally managing user desktop settings after deployment of Internet Explorer 4.
  • Wizard-based configuration for determining which portions of Internet Explorer 4 will be deployed and how they will be configured.

The IEAK also supports deployment methods such as Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS), e-mail, Web sites, floppy disks, and CDs.

How it works

You first decide how you want to distribute your custom package for Internet Explorer: CD, floppy disks, or an Internet Uniform Resource Locator (URL) for users to download the package. You use the IEAK Configuration Wizard to build custom packages that include Internet Explorer, its related components, and up to 10 other custom components.

Once you create your package, you can distribute it using the appropriate method for the type of package: locate it on an Internet or file server, or give users copies of CDs or floppy disks. Users can then run the Setup program to install Internet Explorer and the additional components on their systems. You can also use the IEAK Configuration Wizard to do the following:

  • Create silent installation packages that don’t allow users to change the configuration settings you have specified.
  • Create branded packages that customize users’ browsers using a company-specific logo, title bar text, toolbar background bitmap image, or channel title bar for Internet Explorer.
  • Create packages with preconfigured browser settings such as a Start page, Search page, Support page, default favorites, welcome page, desktop wallpaper, Active Channels, and proxy settings.