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Windows Internet Explorer 7 to be distributed via WSUS February 12, 2008; May require administrator action to manage the rollout
Article ID: 946202 - View products that this article applies to.
On February 12, 2008 Microsoft will release the Windows Internet Explorer 7 Installation and Availability update to Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) marked as an Update Rollup package. Windows Internet Explorer 7 Installation and Availability Update is a complete installation package that will upgrade machines running Internet Explorer 6 to Windows Internet Explorer 7. Microsoft Knowledge Base article 940767 contains more information on the Windows Internet Explorer 7 Installation and Availability Update. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
940767Since the download center and Microsoft Update describe the Windows Internet Explorer 7 Installation and Availability Update as Windows Internet Explorer 7, the remainder of this article will simply use Windows Internet Explorer 7.
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/940767/ )Description of the Windows Internet Explorer 7 Installation and Availability update
If you want to install Windows Internet Explorer 7 using WSUS today, you can import this package from the Microsoft Update catalog site by following the instructions in the section titled "Deploying Windows Internet Explorer 7 using WSUS."
If you have configured WSUS to "auto-approve" Update Rollup packages (this is not the default configuration), Windows Internet Explorer 7 will be automatically approved for installation after February 12, 2008 and consequently, you may want to take the actions below to manage how and when this update is installed. You will need to take action if:
Deploying Windows Internet Explorer 7 Using WSUSIf you do not synchronize packages marked Update Rollup to WSUS or you want to install Windows Internet Explorer 7 today without waiting for February 12, 2008 you can import the Windows Internet Explorer 7 package to WSUS 3.0 from the Windows Update Catalog.
Note This import feature is only available in WSUS version 3.0.
On your WSUS server:
You can learn about alternate methods to install Windows Internet Explorer 7 in the Internet Explorer 7 Deployment Guide available from the Microsoft Download Center. These include:
Postponing the Windows Internet Explorer 7 DeploymentIf you have configured WSUS to automatically approve Update Rollups for installation, but you do not want to automatically install Windows Internet Explorer 7 via WSUS when it is released on February 12, 2008, you will need to disable this auto-approval rule before February 12, 2008. Once the rule is disabled, you can synchronize the Windows Internet Explorer 7 package to your WSUS server by using the steps outlined below. Once the Windows Internet Explorer 7 package has been synchronized to the server, it will not be automatically approved when you switch your auto-approval rule back on. The steps that are described below are for the WSUS 3.0 UI. Steps for the WSUS 2 SP1 UI are similar, but the steps use the older Web UI.
Action to Take Before February 12, 2008These steps will temporarily modify the auto-approval that you may have created to ensure that packages classified as Update Rollups are not automatically approved for installation. These steps are the steps for WSUS 3.0. For WSUS 2.0 please refer to the product documentation.
Actions to Take After February 12, 2008The steps above ensure Windows Internet Explorer 7 is not automatically approved for installation. In the following steps, you will manually synchronize the new Windows Internet Explorer 7 package to your WSUS server so that when you re-enable auto-approval for Update Rollups it will not be installed. These steps are the steps for WSUS 3.0. For WSUS 2.0 please refer to the product documentation.
For more information on the use of auto-approval of updates through WSUS, refer to the WSUS blog.
The removal of Windows Internet Explorer 7 from the WSUS catalog in October 2007 stopped the reporting of inventory and deployment for Windows Internet Explorer 7 through the Inventory Tool for Microsoft Updates (ITMU) of Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003. The February 2008 SMS 2003 ITMU cab will include Windows Internet Explorer 7. Until that time, customers can create a standard Windows Internet Explorer 7 MSI installation by using the IEAK 7.
For more information on using the IEAK to create an MSI installation, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/942812/ )You can use .msi files to deploy Internet Explorer 7 in Active Directory environments
Microsoft has confirmed that this applies to the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.