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    Chrome homepage

    Hello,
    I am looking to roll our Chrome to our iMacs for various reasons but my question is this...

    Can I customise the homepage before I deploy it (via remote desktop). I just don't like the default "sign in to continue" page as I have had a couple of confused teachers before asking me what the password is!

    All help is welcome.

    Thank you

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    This is a good writeup on how to hack Chrome for deployment purposes, it worked for my labs ok.

    Configuring Other Preferences - The Chromium Projects

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    https://support.google.com/chrome/a/.../2657289?hl=en

    In the Google Admin console, you can configure policies for your organization's Chrome devices according to who signs in. These cloud-managed settings also apply to users who sign in to a Chrome browser with their Google Apps account from non-corporate-managed computers (such as personal and public computers). To set device-level policies on your corporate-managed Windows, Mac, and Linux computers, see Set Chrome policies for devices.
    For everything else there are admx files

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd View Post
    https://support.google.com/chrome/a/.../2657289?hl=en

    For everything else there are admx files
    That won't help the OP in this case though as he's trying to have them NOT worry about logging into google's servers and those are only good for setting per-user policies based on their google logins. It all ends up leading back to the information I posted above if you want to manage per device (which is what I think he's trying to do here).

    Oh, also forgot to mention that admx files also aren't going to help him with the iMacs. AFAIK they are windows only (they mention registry entries which aren't going to do much on OSX)
    Last edited by Gerk; 24th September 2013 at 07:58 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerk View Post
    That won't help the OP in this case though as he's trying to have them NOT worry about logging into google's servers and those are only good for setting per-user policies based on their google logins. It all ends up leading back to the information I posted above if you want to manage per device (which is what I think he's trying to do here).
    It works pretty well if you have 1:1 devices, but with lots of people logging on they won't get the chrome settings until google have authenticated them.

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    Right, but he's trying to have people NOT log in to google accounts in order to get the settings. It sounds like he wants to stop Chrome from even asking people to login to their google accounts unless I'm reading it totally wrong ...

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    The easiest way to do this is to add the sync_promo section highlighted in red below to your master_preferences file. There are lots of other settings you can add to this file, but that's the one you need to use to disable the sign in tab when a user first opens Chrome.




    This guide may also help: Deploying and Managing Google Chrome: The Rough Guide

    Code:
    {
        "homepage": "http://www.google.co.uk",
        "homepage_is_newtabpage": false,
        "browser": {
            "check_default_browser": false,
            "clear_lso_data_enabled": true,
            "pepper_flash_settings_enabled": true,
            "show_home_button": true,
            "window_placement": {
                "maximized": true
            }
        },
        "sync_promo": {
            "user_skipped": true
        },
        "session": {
            "restore_on_startup": 4,
            "restore_on_startup_migrated": true,
            "urls_to_restore_on_startup": [
                "http://www.google.co.uk"
            ]
        },
        "autofill": {
            "enabled": false
        },
        "countryid_at_install": 18242,
        "distribution": {
            "create_all_shortcuts": false,
            "do_not_launch_chrome": true,
            "import_bookmarks": false,
            "import_history": false,
            "import_search_engine": false,
            "make_chrome_default": true,
            "make_chrome_default_for_user": true,
            "require_eula": false,
            "show_welcome_page": false,
            "skip_first_run_ui": true,
            "suppress_first_run_bubble": true,
            "suppress_first_run_default_browser_prompt": true
        },
        "enable_do_not_track": true,
        "instant": {
            "confirm_dialog_shown": true,
            "enabled": true,
            "enabled_once": true,
            "enabled_time": "12983895238037000"
        },
        "intl": {
            "accept_languages": "en-GB,en-US,en"
        },
        "spellcheck": {
            "dictionary": "en-GB",
            "use_spelling_service": true
        }
    }
    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd View Post
    For everything else there are admx files
    The link you posted is for managing Chromebooks and ADMX files are useless on Mac's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post

    The link you posted is for managing Chromebooks
    no it's for managing chrome from a google domain

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd View Post
    no it's for managing chrome from a google domain
    How can you disable the sign in page if a user has to sign into their Google account in order for the policies to apply?

    Looking through the list there doesn't appear to be a policy that does what the OP wants anyway?

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    It changes the homepage not the sign in page. Why would you stop people signing in? They'd never get their documents!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd View Post
    It changes the homepage not the sign in page.
    But it's the initial 'Sign in and Sync' tab (pictured above) that @robjduk doesn't what to appear when a user opens Chrome for the very first time.

    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd View Post
    Why would you stop people signing in? They'd never get their documents!!
    You wouldn't stop them. Users would still be able to sign into Chrome via the menu on the right.

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    I just want to change the home page but glad I caused such an interesting page. I don't need to block them from google sign in as such, just not have it in their face.

    Thanks all

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    Do you use Workgroup Manager to manage settings on your iMacs? You can import the Google Chrome application in the details pane. Then create these new keys:

    Action on startup - integer - 4
    URLs to open on startup - array - 1 item
    0 - string - [URL of desired homepage]

    This allowed us to show a homepage to all users when they open Chrome instead of prompting them to log into their Google account.

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    I am just using a mountain lion server with profiles. I had a look at Gerk's fix but the google chrome folder does not seem to appear in the library. This is all basically because I am fed up with Safari throwing a fit at old versions of flash. I continue my quest Thanks

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    Let me know how you make out Rob, I want to do the same. I was able to stop the ksadmin permission errors but I had to run the command from terminal as the user. When I tried to do it via ARD it didn't seem to really go through.

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