Are you using IEAK to deploy required settings for IE?



  • Yeah Yeah I know IE is horrible why are we using it?

    The answer - it's the only fully supported browser by our vendor.

    Now that that messiness is behind us, do you use IEAK to deploy settings for IE 10+? MS removed IEM (Internet Explorer Maintenance mode) settings from GPOs for IE 10+ so now we have to deploy changes uses both GPP and IEAK.

    I'm looking to have a general discussion about it, I haven't run aground of any problems yet, but I thought I'd start the conversation to hear about potential pitfalls, etc.



  • @Dashrender said:

    Yeah Yeah I know IE is horrible why are we using it?

    The answer - it's the only fully supported browser by our vendor.

    Now that that messiness is behind us, do you use IEAK to deploy settings for IE 10+? MS removed IEM (Internet Explorer Maintenance mode) settings from GPOs for IE 10+ so now we have to deploy changes uses both GPP and IEAK.

    I'm looking to have a general discussion about it, I haven't run aground of any problems yet, but I thought I'd start the conversation to hear about potential pitfalls, etc.

    Then the obvious question - why use that vendor? 🙂



  • @Dashrender I tried once.........once.

    After I found out how much easier it was to control Chrome using the Enterprise version and their ADMX template, I just can't use IEAK.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    Then the obvious question - why use that vendor? 🙂

    It was a decision outside my control. What's worse, nearly everything the vendor told us has been a lie.

    It's our EHR solution - cloud based. Management is (I think) waiting for Epic to become available for us to move to. Several of the local hospitals have 'talked' about making the system available as a co-location type setup - but so far they have all failed in their delivery dates, hence we are on our current system.



  • What's worse - it seems there are no 'good' EMRs for specialty clinics. Epic is touted as the best one out there, but you'd never see it deployed in something smaller than a 75 bed hospital. And why is it so good might you ask? Because it's completely customizable. But that customization comes at a cost. Not just the actual dollars and cents, but the implementation time is normally 12-18 months. That time is spent learning all of your environments workflows and building specific templates to those workflows (or redesigning your workflows to utilize the system more efficiently).

    Our new system offers very little customization - they really are a our way or the highway type.



  • OK this just seems stupid. To deploy EIAK templates I must have a webserver that IE can pull the updates from. Forget about this other mechanism we have, Group Policy! UG

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn454947.aspx

    How to enable/disable GPP settings in advanced tab of IE settings
    http://blogs.technet.com/b/grouppolicy/archive/2008/10/13/red-green-gp-preferences-doesn-t-work-even-though-the-policy-applied-and-after-gpupdate-force.aspx



  • Weird.



  • Excuse me.. it's actually both - some features are in one, and the rest are in the other. so you need both GPP and IEAK
    and just as maddening - it appears you can only edit GPP for IE 10+ on Windows 8+ or Server 2012+, adding the administrative templates to Server 2008R2 or Windows 7 does not give you the GPP portions.



  • @Dashrender said:

    Excuse me.. it's actually both - some features are in one, and the rest are in the other. so you need both GPP and IEAK
    and just as maddening - it appears you can only edit GPP for IE 10+ on Windows 8+ or Server 2012+, adding the administrative templates to Server 2008R2 or Windows 7 does not give you the GPP portions.

    That has been the way to manage IE as far as I can remember. That's nothing new.



  • So far, all the changes for IE that I've had to make have been doable via GPO. I recall using IEAK years ago, but stopped using it once I could start using GPOs.


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