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    Updating Google Chrome

    Our users don't have admin rights, so I'm thinking that disabling auto-updates and then manually distributing a new MSI every 6-12 months is the way to go, but all the Google documentation says not to do that. How do you have yours set?

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    Quote Originally Posted by enjay View Post
    Our users don't have admin rights, so I'm thinking that disabling auto-updates and then manually distributing a new MSI every 6-12 months is the way to go, but all the Google documentation says not to do that. How do you have yours set?
    Exactly like that. We use the Chrome Group Policy Templates supplied by Google to manage the browser, disable auto updates, lock safesearch etc. Then we push a new MSI out when an update is required.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enjay View Post
    Our users don't have admin rights
    The Google Update service automatically installs Chrome updates for standard users so they don't need admin rights.

    We have Chrome set to auto-update because it updates Flash Player at the same time then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    The Google Update service automatically installs Chrome updates for standard users so they don't need admin rights.
    Don't think that's the case on our out-of-the-ark CC3 network, but worth knowing for next year, especially if it will do Flash updates too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enjay View Post
    Don't think that's the case on our out-of-the-ark CC3 network, but worth knowing for next year, especially if it will do Flash updates too.
    We are using the google update group policy and everything just works... it updates just fine on our cc3 network. We do it for the same reasons of updating flash!

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    In which case, maybe I'll change those settings to enable it - one less thing to worry about (two, if you count Flash)

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    I can export the settings which work for us if it helps? We are seriously considering turning IE off altogether for the amount of grief it gives us with compatibility issues!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oaktech View Post
    I can export the settings which work for us if it helps?
    Please. I've got some, but some CC3-friendly ones to double-check against would be helpful...

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    These are the Google Update Group Policy settings we use.


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    Well... these are working for us...

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/phenkalmjo...gleupdate.html

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    Thanks guys. Not related to the updater, but what have you done with the "set user data directory"? I'd like to have that somewhere in their roaming profile, but struggled to get that to work at my last school.

    Also, what do you do about bookmarks? Without every staff member getting a Google account, is there a way to save their bookmarks anywhere, ideally somewhere in their roaming profile/MyDocs folder?

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    For updating service to work somehow it would need to get through your proxy and firewall. You also lose control and cant test a new version before updating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by free780 View Post
    For updating service to work somehow it would need to get through your proxy and firewall.
    That can probably be enabled.

    Quote Originally Posted by free780 View Post
    You also lose control and cant test a new version before updating.
    I reckon Google probably do enough testing of it. Unless I'm missing something...

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