If I may, I'd like to point out that putting up an instruction on a web
site that states that, "We don't have a valid certificate, please say
yes to the dialog" is not in our best interest. IE7 is an opportunity
for us to ingrain good habits within our users, and our ability to say
plainly, "When you are using a work-owned computer and see that warning,
please say no and do not continue." Otherwise, we are essentially
teaching them to ignore all security warnings on the Internet (or at
least the most stringently worded one, and the others will be ignored as
well). Most of our users are not sophisticated enough to understand the
vagaries of digital certificates and make choices as we do. (I'm not
accusing Mr. Wiggins of stating the above was his intention; his post
reminded me of this problem.)
I hope that University-wide web services (wifi, e-mail, HR, etc.) take
this opportunity to heart and acquire legitimate certificates.
If I remember correctly, certificates may be acquired through AIS (my
apologies if I'm wrong on this, Mr. Porter!)
In the interests of full-disclosure, my dept.s very-own Exchange
web-access client does not have a valid cert. (where's that to-do list I
> -----Original Message-----
> From: MSU Network Administrators Group
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Richard Wiggins
> Sent: Tuesday, October 17, 2006 4:03 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: [MSUNAG] IE 7 automatic rollout Nov 1 as part of
> Windows Update
> Heads-up for those supporting Windows computers:
> Today I was reminded that on November 1, Windows Update will
> begin offering users the option of installing Internet
> Explorer 7. It will be offered to local users who are logged
> in as Administrator starting that day. Users can say Yes,
> No, or Later.
> I've been running IE 7 for months now, and while its HTML
> rendering is much better than day 1, it is quite a bit
> different than the look and feel of earlier IE versions.
> This could cause user confusion.
> Lately I've had it crash on me frequently, though earlier it
> was stable. (Could be a change un my usage.)
> The warning for use of a self-signed certificate is much
> sterner. The message says:
> We recommend you close this webpage and do not continue
> to this website.
> We will be sure that help desks are briefed and we'll have
> knowledge base articles on this up in a day or two.
> For managed desktops in a domain there is a way for sysadmins
> to suppress the offer of updating:
> More information is at:
> Here are pertinent passages:
> Automatic Updates Delivery Process
> The automatic delivery process will notify users that an
> update is available and allow users to choose whether to
> install Internet Explorer 7. The process is described below ...
> Automatic Updates will only offer Internet Explorer 7 to
> users with local administrator accounts. Automatic Updates
> will notify all such users (including those with Automatic
> Updates configured to automatically download and install
> updates) when Internet Explorer 7 has been downloaded and is
> ready to install. The notification and installation process
> will not start unless and until a user who is a local
> administrator logs on to the machine. Users who are not local
> administrators will not be prompted to install the update and
> will thus continue using Internet Explorer 6.
> After clicking on the Automatic Updates notification balloon,
> users will see a welcome screen summarizing key features of
> Internet Explorer 7 and presenting three options - Install,
> Don't Install, and Ask Me Later.
> If a user selects "Install": The installation process will
> commence and require Windows Genuine Advantage validation and
> a re-boot to complete. Installation of Internet Explorer 7
> will not override a user's default browser choice and will
> transfer the user's previous homepage, favorites, search
> settings and compatible toolbars. When the user launches
> Internet Explorer 7, a first-run experience will be offered
> highlighting new features and changes.
> If a user selects "Don't Install": The notification process
> will not re-prompt the user to install at a later time;
> however, any user who is a local administrator will be able
> to install Internet Explorer 7 at any time as an optional
> update from the Windows Update and Microsoft Update sites or
> from the Microsoft Download Center.
> If a user selects "Ask Me Later": The install process will
> not proceed and Automatic Updates will start notifying the
> user that an update is available using the same process
> (notification balloon and welcome
> screen) within approximately 24 hours.
> Internet Explorer 7 will replace Internet Explorer 6 on a
> user's machine. However, users may roll back to Internet
> Explorer 6 by uninstalling Internet Explorer 7 via the
> Windows Control Panel Add/Remove Programs utility.