How to deploy Internet Explorer without local administrator logon

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This article describes how to deploy Internet Explorer throughout a work environment without the need for local administrator logon by using startup or shutdown scripts and the User Rights Deployment (URD) feature. URD is a new feature of Internet Explorer Administration Kit (IEAK) version 5.5.

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The following information is provided as a work around; it has undergone limited testing against a Windows 2000 Service Pack 2 (SP2) clean environment. Be careful if you implement this work around because of the limited support available. You must not modify these scripts. If you do not follow the original scripts, issues may occur that will prevent the installation from completing. Microsoft Product Support Services does not support a modified script.

It can be a costly task for enterprise customers to deploy Internet Explorer in a large corporate environment because the setup of Internet Explorer requires at least one administrator logon for each client computer. However, many users may not be able to access their clients to perform the Internet Explorer setup if they are denied administrator privileges because of corporate security policy. If users are denied the administrator privilege, the administrator must physically access each client to complete the Internet Explorer installation. The installation costs can increase substantially as the number of clients increases.

Administrators who use the Software Installation component of Group Policy can use the Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Setup MSI Wrapper (Ie6sp1gp.exe and Ie6sp1gp.msi) to work around the administrator logon instead of using the workaround that is described in this article.

For administrators who use Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) to manage their networks, the following article describes a method to use SMS to work around the administrator logon instead of using the workaround described in this article:
223371 Installing Internet Explorer 5 to Windows NT 4.0 Using SMS 1.2
For additional information about the User Rights Deployment feature, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
260090 Users Without Administrator Privileges Can Complete Internet Explorer Installation After Reboot
The following two methods demonstrate how to deploy Internet Explorer without the need for local administrator logon.

Method 1

  1. Use IEAK to build a URD-enabled package.
  2. Create a computer startup script to start the Ie5setup.exe (Internet Explorer 5.5 SP2) or Ie6setup.exe (Internet Explorer 6 SP1) program.
  3. In the Group Policy object (GPO), assign the startup script to the clients.
The following is a sample startup script for Internet Explorer 6 SP1:
on error resume next

set wshShell=wscript.CreateObject("wscript.shell")

bld=wshShell.RegRead("HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Build")

if bld<>"6.0.2800.1106" then 
   wshShell.run "\\server\iesetup\check\flat\win32\en\ie6setup.exe /q", 1, True
end if

if err.number<>0 then
  wscript.echo "Error[" & err.number & "]:" & err.description
end if
				
NOTE: If you are installing Internet Explorer 5.5 SP2 instead of Internet Explorer 6 SP1, use "54807.2300" for the build number. For additional information about how to determine the Internet Explorer build number, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
164539 How to Determine Which Version of Internet Explorer Is Installed

Method 2

  1. Use IEAK to build a URD-disabled package.
  2. Copy the Ie55urd.exe and Ie5.msi files into the package.
  3. Create a Microsoft Installer (MSI) wrapper for the Ie5setup.exe or Ie6setup.exe program.
  4. Create a shutdown script to start the Ie55urd.exe program (the sample script).
  5. In the GPO, assign the MSI wrapper of the Ie5setup.exe or Ie6setup.exe program to the clients.
  6. In the GPO, assign the shutdown script to the clients.
The following is a sample shutdown script for Internet Explorer 6 SP1:
on error resume next

set wshShell=wscript.CreateObject("wscript.shell")

clrStub=wshShell.RegRead("HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce\BrandClearStubs")

if err.number=0 then 'Just finished IE6setup
  wshShell.run "\\server\iesetup\check\flat\win32\en\ie55urd.exe",1, True 
end if

				
Note These methods may fail if you have set a group policy (User\Administrative Templates\System\Logon) to prevent users (not administrators) from running the RunOnce key.

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Article ID: 296702 - Last Review: October 5, 2005 - Revision: 8.2
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 Service Pack 1, when used with:
    • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
    • Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server
    • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
    • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
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