Internet Explorer Administration Kit 8 Is All Business, eWEEK Labs Finds

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Internet Explorer Administration Kit 8 Is All Business, eWEEK Labs Finds

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The Internet Explorer Administration Kit comes in versions for ISPs, Websites, software vendors and corporations. (I tested the corporate version.)

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Upon launching the IEAK 8 Customization Wizard, admins can choose the Windows platform for which they are building a custom IE 8 installation.

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Custom IE installations built with IEAK 8 can be delivered to CD-ROM, as downloadable files or as configuration packages to be applied to systems that have IE 8 already installed.

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To speed up the customization process, users can preselect which areas of the browser they plan to customize.

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The Automatic Version Synchronization in IEAK 8 lets businesses keep their installation packages up-to-date with the most recent versions of IE 8.

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Businesses can choose to have IE 8 installations work in the standard way or silently to end users.

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Using IEAK 8, it is possible to configure IE 8 so that a company name or Website appears in the title bar of the browser.

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Search engines, including internal company search engines, can be preconfigured using IEAK 8.

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Businesses can preset the home page for the browser, as well as the sites added to the link bar.

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The new Accelerators feature of IE 8 makes it possible for businesses to preload key accelerators into their customized versions of IE 8.

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Customized Favorites sites and RSS feeds can be preloaded into IE 8 using IEAK 8.

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Using IEAK 8, businesses can control how the browser behaves after installation, including sending users to an in-house post-browser-install Web page.

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For businesses that use proxy servers to manage or control Web access, IEAK 8 makes it possible to preconfigure proxy settings for employee browsers.

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Security is one of the key areas of customization available in IEAK, allowing administrators to preselect the security settings that their employees' browsers will have.

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After running the IEAK 8 Customization Wizard, admins can tweak their browser installations before deployment.

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The IEAK 8 Profile Manager lets administrators make changes to already created IE 8 installation packages.

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After completing the IEAK 8 Wizards, businesses can deploy their own customized versions of IE 8, such as this eWEEK Labs-branded browser.

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