Customize Internet Explorer 11 with IEAK

To customize Internet Explorer 11, first things first: download IEAK (the Internet Explorer Administration Kit) 11 here. In the video below, Shane steps through the wizard but as you go through the wizard, essentially you will be defining settings for Internet Explorer. There are only a couple settings I’d like point out to watch for to ensure a successful silent install of IE 11.

IEAK Package Type

When selecting Package Type, select Full Installation Package in order to also install IE 11 and configure it’s settings. (Otherwise your resulting MSI will only change configurations on IE 11 if IE 11 is already installed.)

User Experience

The key to a successful installation using PDQ Deploy is to make sure it is silent. In the User Experience section of the wizard be sure to select the Completely Silent Installation. (Not selecting this option could result in a hung deployment.)

You will probably want to select No Restart for the restart option. A reboot of the target computer will ultimately be needed before IE 11 but you may may wish to have your end-users reboot when they are ready. You can also use PDQ Deploy to restart machines by adding a reboot step at the end of the package.

IEAK Silent

Note: The customization wizard builds the install file per OS \ architecture. (e.g. Windows 7 32-bit or Windows 8 64-bit)

 

 

Deploying your Customized IE 11 Silently

Once you’ve created your MSI it’s time to deploy.(The IEAK will create both a MSI and an EXE, use the MSI for a perfectly silent installation.) In your PDQ Deploy console, create a new package with an install step. It’s simple enough at this point, the trick is to make sure the right MSI is paired with the right architecture and OS as defined in the Conditions tab of the install step window. If you have Pro or Enterprise mode you can add as many install steps as you need to cover each customized IE 11 package. If you’re in Free mode you’ll have to create new packages for each but you can still get the job done.

The video below shows bulding and deploying the completed package out to target machines: