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Windows Thread, Deploying Firefox in Technical; Now that FF v7.1 has gone final, for schools who wish to deploy FF I'm now in a position to ...
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    Now that FF v7.1 has gone final, for schools who wish to deploy FF I'm now in a position to create custom versions for proxy, exceptions and homepage settings only

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    I'm interested in giving it a go. I'll drop you a PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edu-IT View Post
    Do you have a version with the Config disabled? Also, would you be willing to do the proxy tweaks?
    After a lot of Googling, I have finally found a much easier method to disable about:config.

    1) Download the file attached to this post. This originally came from the Firefox CCK Wizard add-on.
    2) Extract disableAboutConfig.js to "%ProgramFiles%\Mozilla Firefox\Components".

    When users next open Firefox they will get a message saying 'about:config' has been disabled.
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    Thanks Arthur, it works, but I had to delete the Mozilla folder within my profile then re-install FF, copy the disableAboutConfig.js file then run FF.

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    Cool!

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    I have updated Firefox further and I'm now upto v7.1.1 which you can download here. If you have v7.1 installed, you can install v7.1.1 directly on top.

    So what are the differences you ask? Well I have gone to the effort of researching more and pretty much every entry on the Options menu is now locked down/greyed out. This includes the font, colours, languages, Security and Advanced tabs. I've also included Arthur's file, so the about:config menu is disabled.

    This has been thoroughly tested and is pretty much as good as it's going to get locking down Firefox. By all means if you have any further ideas/suggestions let me know!

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    Will give it a whirl this week. Thanks!

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    Thanks Michael- this looks excellent. I'd like to deploy FF using your package, but can you give me quick instructions on deploying using AD, and changing the proxy? Do I need to do anything to the pupil's mandatory profile?
    Thanks in advance

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocknrollstar View Post
    Thanks Michael- this looks excellent. I'd like to deploy FF using your package, but can you give me quick instructions on deploying using AD, and changing the proxy? Do I need to do anything to the pupil's mandatory profile?
    Thanks in advance
    The proxy will have to be changed by him unless you want to package something up yourself. No changes to profiles are required, Firefox will create all it needs in there. You can use group policies to deploying this. Do a search on the forum and you'll probably find a guide for that.

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    Thanks Michael- this looks excellent. I'd like to deploy FF using your package, but can you give me quick instructions on deploying using AD, and changing the proxy? Do I need to do anything to the pupil's mandatory profile?
    You cannot deploy via AD, but you could deploy using a script using the /S switch. As for updating mandatory profiles, a folder called 'Mozilla' will be created within Application Data. If the profile is mandatory, I'd recommend you either update the profile or simply copy the Mozilla folder from another profile (such as a temporary administrator account).

    As above, if you require specific proxy, homepage and exceptions let me know and I'll create a FF package for you.

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    Cool, I downloaded the BGFL version, found the proxy settings file and changed it. Repackaged with FFDeploy. Will run install on an admin account, copy the Application Data Mozilla folder to the mandatory profile, then should be away.
    Thanks for your help- will update with result.

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    @ Michael, is the package not an msi then? Are you deploying it using a statup script?

    Thanks.

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    Is the package not an msi then? Are you deploying it using a statup script?
    To be honest I'm installing it manually on most machines just in case it creates any problems and so far I've not found any. In theory yes, you could deploy using a startup script, using the /S switch, but you'd then need to copy the 'Mozilla' folder into every user profile within Application Data.

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    but you'd then need to copy the 'Mozilla' folder into every user profile within Application Data.
    that could just be placed into a mandatory or default profile though right?

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    that could just be placed into a mandatory or default profile though right?
    Yes you can also do this

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