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    Toolkit to Disable Automatic Delivery of Internet Explorer 7

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    The Internet Explorer 7 Blocker Toolkit enables IT Administrators to disable automatic delivery of Internet Explorer 7 as a high-priority update via Automatic Updates and the Windows Update and Microsoft Update sites.
    • Version:

      1

      File Name:

      IE7BlockerToolkit.EXE

      Date Published:

      10/4/2007

      File Size:

      104 KB

        To help our customers become more secure and up-to-date, Microsoft will distribute Internet Explorer 7 as a high-priority update via Automatic Updates for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 soon after the final version of the browser is released (planned for fourth quarter 2006). Microsoft is making a non-expiring Blocker Toolkit available for those organizations that would like to block automatic delivery of Internet Explorer 7 to machines in environments where Automatic Updates is enabled.

        Note:
        • The Blocker Toolkit will prevent machines from receiving Internet Explorer 7 as a high-priority update via Automatic Updates and the “Express” install option on the Windows Update and Microsoft Update sites. The Blocker Toolkit will not expire.
        • The Blocker Toolkit will not prevent users from manually installing Internet Explorer 7 as a Recommended update from the Windows Update or Microsoft Update sites, from the Microsoft Download Center, or from external media.
        • Organizations do not need to deploy the Blocker Toolkit in environments managed with an update management solution such as Windows Server Update Services or Systems Management Server 2003. Organizations can use those products to fully manage deployment of updates released through Windows Update and Microsoft Update, including Internet Explorer 7, within their environment.

        See the "Additional Information" section below for detailed instructions on configuring and deploying the Blocker Toolkit. The same information is also provided in the Help file included in the download.

        Answers to Frequently Asked Questions can be found here.
    • Supported Operating System

      Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1, Windows XP Service Pack 2

        You must have one of the support operating systems installed to use this toolkit.
      • Click on the link to download the package and select ‘Open’ to run the package. You will be asked to accept the end-user license agreement (EULA) before you gain access to the package components.
      • Toolkit Components:

        The toolkit contains two components:
        • An executable blocker script
        • A Group Policy Administrative Template (.ADM file)

        Blocker Script

        The script creates a registry key and sets the associated value to block or unblock (depending on the command-line option used) automatic delivery of Internet Explorer 7 on either the local machine or a remote target machine.

        Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Setup\7.0
        Key value name: DoNotAllowIE70
        • When the key value name is not defined, distribution is not blocked.
        • When the key value name is set to 0, distribution is not blocked.
        • When the key value name is set to 1, distribution is blocked.

        The script has the following command-line syntax:
             IE70Blocker.cmd [<machine name>] [/B] [/U] [/H]

        Machine Name
        The <machine name> parameter is optional. If not specified, the action is performed on the local machine. Otherwise, the remote machine is accessed via the remote registry capabilities of the REG command. If the remote registry can’t be accessed due to security permissions or the remote machine can’t be found, an error message is returned from the REG command.

        Switches
        Switches used by the script are mutually exclusive and only the first valid switch from a given command is acted on. The Script can be run multiple times on the same machine without problem.
        • /B - Blocks distribution
        • /U - Unblocks distribution
        • /H or /? - Displays the following summary help:
                         This tool can be used to remotely block or unblock the delivery of
                         Internet Explorer 7 via Automatic Updates.
                         ------------------------------------------------------------
                         Usage:
                         IE70Blocker.cmd [<machine name>] [/B][/U][/H]
                         B = Block Internet Explorer 7 deployment
                         U = Allow Internet Explorer 7 deployment
                         H = Help 
         
                         Examples:
                         IE70Blocker.cmd mymachine /B (blocks delivery on machine "mymachine")

                         IE70Blocker.cmd /U (unblocks delivery on the local machine)
                         ------------------------------------------------------------

        Group Policy Administrative Template (.ADM file)
        The Group Policy Administrative Template (.ADM file) allows administrators to import the new Group Policy settings to block or unblock delivery of Internet Explorer 7 into their Group Policy environment, and use Group Policy to centrally execute the action across systems in their environment.

        After adding this administrative template to the Group Policy Editor you must uncheck the "Only show policy settings that can be fully managed" in the Filtering dialog before the new policy becomes visible in the Group Policy Editor. This option is found by highlighting "Administrative Templates", then selecting "View" then "Filtering". You will then see the policy under "Computer Configuration / Administrative Templates / Windows Components / Windows Update / Automatic Updates Blockers". This setting is available only as a Computer setting; there is no per-User setting.

        Note: This registry setting is not stored in a policies key and is thus considered a preference. Therefore if the Group Policy Object that implements the setting is ever removed or the policy is set to "Not Configured", the setting will remain. To unblock distribution of Internet Explorer 7 using Group Policy set the policy to "Disabled".

        Answers to Frequently Asked Questions can be found here.

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