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    Deploy and Configure Chrome Extensions

    Our intranet page doesn't play in Chrome because it uses file:// links. The only solution I can find is to install the IE Tab extension - is there any way that I can install and configure this extension for our users (we have Google Apps for Education, if that helps)? I really don't want to have to talk everyone through doing this themselves.

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    Answering my own question here, there is an option within the Chrome GPO to force-install a particular extension, using the extension ID and a path to the Chrome store (e.g. opefiliglgllmponlmoajkfbcaigocfc;https://clients2.google.com/service/update2/crx forces it to install IE Tab).

    Trouble is, because Chrome saves everything in the local profile which we have set to get deleted at logoff, it thinks that it is the first run every time you open Chrome, so the "thanks for installing IE Tab" page opens. I've tried setting it to use a data directory on the network, but that crashes any Adobe plug-ins which are installed.

    So some progress, but not a solution yet.

    Anyone managed to find a way round this?
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    Not deployed any extensions myself, but regarding the profile shenanigans, can you redirect any folders through GPO with these variables? I managed to redirect favourites to somewhere more sensible, at least, so they roamed with the user; there may be a similar setting relevant to Chrome userdata that would help.

    EDIT: following the link in @Driftingashore's post, it seems you can set the Google Chrome User Data Path - that'd be my guess.
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    As I said, I've tried redirecting the userdata folder, but it breaks certain websites (including this one!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by enjay View Post
    As I said, I've tried redirecting the userdata folder, but it breaks certain websites (including this one!).
    Even using their funny environment variables? I know I had no joy setting an explicit path (H:\Favourites\Chrome just broke it all) but using their {deliberately_awkward} variables worked alright.

    If not, no idea... might be easier adding the web server role to a member server and getting the intranet page showing over HTTP!

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    Yes, I used their ${just_to_be_different} variables. I get an error message when it first opens, and additionally need to disable the Adobe Flash plug-in if I want to view certain web sites.

    Looks like Chrome isn't a suitable default browser until everyone has a "personal" device :-(

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    Quote Originally Posted by enjay View Post
    Looks like Chrome isn't a suitable default browser until everyone has a "personal" device :-(
    Getting it into workable shape for a network does feel more like fighting it & hacking it than just configuring it

    Getting IIS up and running isn't too much hard work, if you did need to host the intranet page, but depends how bothered you are I suppose.

    Sorry I wasn't much use!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonofsanta View Post
    might be easier adding the web server role to a member server and getting the intranet page showing over HTTP!
    That is already how it is set up - our DC is running IIS and the intranet page is held locally in C:\Inetpub\wwwroot and accessed by the users at \\servername\staff.htm The issue is that the intranet page doesn't work in Chrome unless I add a particular extension. I can add extensions but each time they load, they think it is their first run; n turn, I can prevent that if I redirect the userdata folder, but redirecting the userdata folder doesn't seem to work properly.

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