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    Play WMV files in Chrome

    Hi

    I am been asked to get embedded WMV files to work in Google Chrome and the Google Support pages suggest using this extension to fix the problem - Interoperability Bridges and Labs Center. I've tried the extension and it does fix our problem but my next issue is how do I deploy an extension site-wide that isn't in the Chrome Web Store?

    I've had Chrome GPOs setup and working for a while now and whilst I can get extensions that are in the Chrome Web Store to install for all users, I cannot figure out how to deploy extensions that are stored locally on our Servers.

    I've created this directory:

    P:\ChromeExtensions

    In that location are:

    - ChromeWMV.crx
    - manifest.json
    Code:
    {
      "manifest_version": 1.0,
      "name": "Windows Media Player HTML5 Extension for Chrome",
      "version": "1.0",
      "update_url": "file:///P:/ChromeExtensions/updates.xml",
    }
    - updates.xml
    Code:
    <?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8'?>
    <gupdate xmlns=''file:///P:/ChromeExtensions/' protocol='2.0'>
      <app appid='hokdglbhghcebcopdbanieangmcamaak'>
        <updatecheck codebase='file:///P:/ChromeExtensions/ChromeWMV.crx' version='1.0' />
      </app>
    </gupdate>
    In the Google GPOs I have enabled this setting:

    - Configure the list of force-installed extensions
    hokdglbhghcebcopdbanieangmcamaak;file:///P:/ChromeExtensions/

    Done a gpupdate /force on the Server and a PC, restarted it and it doesn't work.

    Can anyone see what I am doing wrong? Or know of an easier solution? Converting the WMV files and editing 100s of html pages is a last resort solution.

    Cheers

    Matt

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    Quote Originally Posted by mwbutler View Post
    I cannot figure out how to deploy extensions that are stored locally on our servers.
    It's not possible. Extensions can only be installed through the Chrome Web Store.

    Last edited by Arthur; 13th February 2014 at 08:39 PM.

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    Thanks for the info Arthur.

    The only solution I can find is that the VLC Media Player Web Plugin supports WMV playback. The only down side is that we will need to get every student to allow the plugin to run before it'll work.

    Does anyone else have any solutions that do not require user interaction or converting 100s of wmv files and then editing 100s of html pages?

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by mwbutler View Post
    The only downside is that we will need to get every student to allow the plugin to run before it'll work.
    You can enable plugins and force them to run automatically via the Chrome Group Policy templates.

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    Ah I didn't know that existed.

    I enabled the policy "Specifiy a list of enabled plugins" and then added "VLC Web Plugin" to the list of enabled plugins and it's working!

    Thanks a lot.

    Matt

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