For those of you who manage your organization’s desktops using Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) Internet Explorer 8 will be made available via this technology starting August 25, 2009. Internet Explorer 8 will be made available as an “Update rollup” and will be applicable to all supported languages
. Is my organization affected?
If your organization uses WSUS and has it configured to auto-approve Update rollup packages, upon acceptance of the Internet Explorer 8 End User License Agreement (EULA) by the WSUS administrator, Internet Explorer 8 will install automatically on computers running Internet Explorer 6 or 7 on supported operating systems
. What should I do if I auto-approve Update rollups but want to control when I deploy Internet Explorer 8?
To give you control over how and when Internet Explorer 8 is deployed in your environment, perform the following steps:
Before August 25, 2009:
- Turn off auto-approve for “Update rollup” packages in WSUS, and approve the updates manually. Note: Even if Auto-Approve for “Update rollup” is on, you will still be required to approve the Internet Explorer 8 EULA before Internet Explorer 8 is deployed to downstream clients.
After August 25, 2009:
What other Internet Explorer 8 updates will be available via WSUS?
- Synchronize your WSUS server.
- Decline the Internet Explorer 8 update packages.
- If you typically auto-approve update rollup packages, you can re-enable automatic approval for “Update rollups.”
Cumulative security updates for Internet Explorer 8 and Internet Explorer 8 Compatibility View List updates will also be released via WSUS as they become available.
To deploy Internet Explorer 8 today, visit the Internet Explorer TechNet Center
– among other useful resources you’ll find an Internet Explorer Deployment Guide
and information about the Internet Explorer Administration Kit
which explains how to generate a MSI installer and distribute it using Systems Management Server or Group Policy.
Lead Program Manager