Working with Automatic Detection of Browser Settings


Automatic detection of browser settings, which is based on Web Proxy AutoDiscovery (WPAD), is supported by both Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) and Domain Name System (DNS). With the appropriate settings, DHCP and DNS servers can automatically detect and configure a browser's settings. Your DHCP server must support the DHCPINFORM message; otherwise, use DNS.

This feature builds on existing automatic configuration technologies, in which a browser can be configured from a central location by using an automatic configuration URL (.ins file) or a proxy configuration (js, .jvs, or .pac) file.

When setting up automatic detection of browser settings when using the IEAK, you should select Automatically detect settings on the Automatic Configuration screen of the Internet Explorer Customization wizard. This option can also be set in the Internet Options dialog box of the Internet Explorer browser.

For details about setting up a DHCP or DNS server for automatic detection of browser settings, see Chapter 13 , "Setting up Servers."