Hello All;

I have an issue with deploying Internet Explorer 8 through SCCM. I was hoping someone might have experienced the same issue. I used the Windows IEAK 8 to customize my package. I am deploying the EXE flat file that was generated. On the SCCM Program, Environment tab, we are using the Run with Administrative Rights option.

The Problem is, after the reboot, the Custom settings are not there. Microsoft has regurgitated some material from SMS 2003 for IE 8 - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc985331.aspx
There is an Important note in this article that reads" "If you do not select the Use Software Installation Account option when creating your SMS program, Internet Explorer 8 will install, but your custom settings may not be applied." This option was only available in SMS and not SCCM.

Anyone have any ideas?
Thank you!
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I wonder if the settings you have customised are user-based? If so, you'll probably need to use Active Setup to deploy them or, depending what they are, Group Policy.
Answered 03/09/2011 by: VBScab
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Hello. I did a project of IE8 upgrade to one company. I did all settings with Group Policy. I would recommend to modify only the search bar (if you would like to use google instead of bing) with IEAK. Everything else you can diploy with GPO.
Answered 03/20/2011 by: yannara
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Thank you VBScab and yannara! I appreciate you providing me with a few pointers. While researching I re-read the article I posted above. I was only Distributing the EXE and none of the other files it created in \build_directory\Flat\Win32_Platform\language\

I am trying again and will post my results.

The additional files added (including the previous exe) are:
axaa.inf
BRANDING.CAB
CUSTOM.CIF
custsec.inf
IE8-Setup-Full.exe
INSTALL.INS
\TempServices
Answered 03/22/2011 by: 16Colors
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Update -
The additional files had no effect on the results. I believe it is like VBScab says The installer must run under the user context for those settings to apply.
Yannara, we have tried the Group policy route, however it has not worked. The only thing I can think of is that group policy runs. Then after group policy finishes the IE8 configuration completes and brings up the users desktop in affect replacing group policy.

- currently stumped.
Answered 03/23/2011 by: 16Colors
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What settings you want to deploy? As I did, I deployed only IE8-Setup-Full.exe with /Q and everything is set up with Group Policy settings.

With IEAK8, I believe meaning is that after completing the wizard, you will extract IE8.msi package containing your own settings. I haven't tried it for real, but it seems to work that way.
Answered 03/27/2011 by: yannara
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okay, all my woes are over. The issue we were having was that the Group Policy for IE was jacked up some how.

Our GPO is set to Preference Mode and the option is set to reapply the policy even if it has applied once already.
For some reason the reapply option was not working.

We recreated the GPO and everything is working. Thank you all for your suggestions and comments.

As a side note. With SCCM, if you install with the Administrator option, The install will use the system account and it will not apply the custom settings you built with the Windows IEAK 8. So if you do not have GPO in your environment, you will need to install IE8 while a user is logged on and that user will need elevated privileges to install IE8.
Answered 04/15/2011 by: 16Colors
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you will need to install IE8 while a user is logged on and that user will need elevated privileges to install IE8....or you could use Active Setup, of course.
Answered 04/16/2011 by: VBScab
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I would agree with VBScab, if you can't push it through GPO, Active Setup is your bestfriend.
Answered 04/18/2011 by: knight
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