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Deploying Internet Explorer 5.5 SP1

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Posted: 10 May 2001

Current Version: ZENworks for Desktops 3

Several readers have been looking for a nifty way to apply IE 5.5 SP1. As Sandy B. put it: "I am testing IEAK and ZEN to push IE 5.5 but am unsure of the procedure to apply the SP." We posted an Open Call for any special tricks or tips about this, and here's what we got so far. If you have any sudden bursts of additional insight, send them along to

Note: To download the Internet Explorer Administration Kit (IEAK) referred to in these solutions, go to the Microsoft Downloads page.

Joe Gremillion

I work for the Dallas County Community College District and I used ZfD2 to push out a customized version of MSIE 5.5 Sp1. It was quite simple.

I downloaded the Microsoft Internet Explorer Administration Kit for IE 5.5 SP 1 (MSIEAK). I then ran the MSIEAK (the hardest part) which created some .cabs and a hands off installation .exe. I then went and configured ZfD2 to push and execute the setup.exe on the end users' machines. Nothing to it.

If you have any questions you may contact Joe at

Aaron Medley

I have deployed this using IEAK55 from Microsoft and ZENworks for Desktops 3. I currently use MS Windows 2000 with Office 2000 and ZENworks for Desktops 3. Make sure you have all patches applied to your workstation, network operating system and ZEN.

Make sure you download the correct version of the IEAK from Microsoft and register it. You need to register it in order to get it to work right. Once you have the program you can begin creation of the files need to install IE55SP1.

Another additional step I took was to download and install the MLTOINS C3PO from GroupWise Cool Solutions on my workstation to integrate GroupWise with the IE55 browser so when users go to a website and click on a mail to object they can use GroupWise to do it.

Editor's Note: Here is the MLTOINS C3PO, for your convenience.

I installed this on my PC first. I created and customized the browser to fit our needs here. I saved all of the files to my local drive during the creation of the installation files then transferred them to a location on the server where the users had read and file scan rights.

I then created an application object in ConsoleOne (ZENworks for Desktops 3) and used the following to install it from the application when the user logs in:

\\server name\volume name\directory name\ie55sp1\FLAT\WIN32\EN\ie5setup.exe.

I installed it so that the users could see that something was being installed and had it automatically reboot the computer. I also let the users know that it was going to be installed and that it might take a little bit of time. There are also some .adm files you can use with ZEN to enforce some desktop policies as well.

If you have any questions you may contact Aaron at

Michael Harmon

My solution for 1500 users was to use the IEAK from Microsoft to create a corporate version and then snAppShot a workstation with that version installed. Our environment is a locked down environment that does not allow users to uninstall or modify the corporate standards for software.

If you have any questions you may contact Michael at

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