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Sequencing Google Products?

    Question

  • Has anyone had success they care to share with sequencing Google Earth, Chrome, Picasa?

    Further, would these programs be expected to run in a shared-cache environment?

    Thanks,

    SC

    Monday, May 3, 2010 2:39 AM

Answers

  • To answer my own question, in part:

    Google Earth can be sequenced by downloading the Advanced Google Earth installation:

    (Currently)

    http://earth.google.com/intl/en/download-earth-advanced.html

    The binary should be "GoogleEarthWin.exe" and rougly 15Mb in size.

    To sequence:

    1. Close all browsers, cmd windows
    2. Start Sequencer and begin monitoring
    3. Open command prompt (I ran elevated as local Admin, not sure if this is necessary)
    4. run C:\<whatever>\GoogleEarthWin.exe /a
    5. Install to the Q:\<your-folder> location
    6. Disable automatic updates and metrics
    7. Launch after install - set your fave location
    8. Exit Google Earth
    9. I created a shortcut on the desktop; I noted Google Earth did NOT create a Start Menu shortcut
    10. Test Launch
    11. I unchecked "Enforce Security Descriptors" - not sure if this was necessary
    12. Save - Publish

    Note that if you are running in a VM (especially on VMware ESX), you will not be able to get the DirectX mode unless your hypervisor supports 3D.

    Regard,

    SC

    Monday, May 3, 2010 3:19 AM
  • Monday, May 3, 2010 3:53 AM
  • Following up again with Chrome Sequencing. This Blog's Recipe worked fine for me. I also added Adobe Flash prior to closing monitoring down.

     

    From the URL above:

    • Try to find a stand-alone installer instead of using Google Update (quite a challenge)
    • Start Monitoring and just install Chrome normally
    • Stay in monitoring and move the whole Google folder from the user’s AppData\Local folder to the Q: drive, e.g Q:\GChrome.010\Google
    • Still in Monitoring, delete all the created Chrome shortcuts. Create a new one pointing to the Q: location.
    • Edit the new chrome shortcut and add the –no-sandbox (dash dash no dash sandbox) after chrome.exe
    • Launch Chrome using this shortcut.
    • Close monitoring and complete your package.
    • It is not necessary to create a streaming block 1 nor to configure anything, the setting will be lost.
    • Save your package and publish it.

    You will find detailed info on the Chromium Sandbox concept on http://dev.chromium.org/developers/design-documents/sandbox

    SC

    Monday, May 3, 2010 4:21 AM
  • I sequenced Chrome on App-V 4.5 and wrote this article:

    http://www.virtualistic.nl/archives/175


    Visit my Techblog at http://www.virtualistic.nl
    Monday, May 3, 2010 7:45 AM

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  • To answer my own question, in part:

    Google Earth can be sequenced by downloading the Advanced Google Earth installation:

    (Currently)

    http://earth.google.com/intl/en/download-earth-advanced.html

    The binary should be "GoogleEarthWin.exe" and rougly 15Mb in size.

    To sequence:

    1. Close all browsers, cmd windows
    2. Start Sequencer and begin monitoring
    3. Open command prompt (I ran elevated as local Admin, not sure if this is necessary)
    4. run C:\<whatever>\GoogleEarthWin.exe /a
    5. Install to the Q:\<your-folder> location
    6. Disable automatic updates and metrics
    7. Launch after install - set your fave location
    8. Exit Google Earth
    9. I created a shortcut on the desktop; I noted Google Earth did NOT create a Start Menu shortcut
    10. Test Launch
    11. I unchecked "Enforce Security Descriptors" - not sure if this was necessary
    12. Save - Publish

    Note that if you are running in a VM (especially on VMware ESX), you will not be able to get the DirectX mode unless your hypervisor supports 3D.

    Regard,

    SC

    Monday, May 3, 2010 3:19 AM
  • Monday, May 3, 2010 3:53 AM
  • Following up again with Chrome Sequencing. This Blog's Recipe worked fine for me. I also added Adobe Flash prior to closing monitoring down.

     

    From the URL above:

    • Try to find a stand-alone installer instead of using Google Update (quite a challenge)
    • Start Monitoring and just install Chrome normally
    • Stay in monitoring and move the whole Google folder from the user’s AppData\Local folder to the Q: drive, e.g Q:\GChrome.010\Google
    • Still in Monitoring, delete all the created Chrome shortcuts. Create a new one pointing to the Q: location.
    • Edit the new chrome shortcut and add the –no-sandbox (dash dash no dash sandbox) after chrome.exe
    • Launch Chrome using this shortcut.
    • Close monitoring and complete your package.
    • It is not necessary to create a streaming block 1 nor to configure anything, the setting will be lost.
    • Save your package and publish it.

    You will find detailed info on the Chromium Sandbox concept on http://dev.chromium.org/developers/design-documents/sandbox

    SC

    Monday, May 3, 2010 4:21 AM
  • I sequenced Chrome on App-V 4.5 and wrote this article:

    http://www.virtualistic.nl/archives/175


    Visit my Techblog at http://www.virtualistic.nl
    Monday, May 3, 2010 7:45 AM
  • Google Pack is any easy way to get to those offline installers too: http://pack.google.com. Especially with Chrome as it will install for all users by default, rather than the current user.
    • Proposed as answer by znack Monday, May 3, 2010 6:27 PM
    • Unproposed as answer by Aaron.ParkerModerator Tuesday, January 25, 2011 12:02 PM
    Monday, May 3, 2010 9:06 AM
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  • Awesome StimpyCat! Thanks a lot for the earth advanced hint, thats what i searched! You saved my day :) I now use the network installation version of Earth instead of the virtualized (because my virtualised one had problems with directx and opengl, sequenced on a VirtualPC VM which didn't recognize my real hardware) so it will run with full directx and opengl support... i'm considering about deploying only the shortcut with app-v so i can dynamically add/reomve google earth.

    I sequenced Picasa 3 without problems.... just try it, its a short task!

    Thanks a lot to all of you for sharing your knowledge with the internet!!!

    Monday, June 21, 2010 12:51 PM
  • Unfortunately, with the upgrade to Chrome 5.0 it looks like they really want to discourage users from using no-sandbox.  A bar pops up saying you're running no-sandbox, and security and stability are compromised.  Having this notice up to regular users isn't an ignorable problem.  Has anyone figured out a way to remove the notice, or get it running with sandbox still enabled?
    Monday, July 12, 2010 4:54 PM
  • I'm also trying to get rid of the pop-up bar when virtualising Chrome 5.x. Did anyone find a way of running Chrome virtualised with the sandbox enabled?

     

    Edit: I've just created a second shortcut for Chrome (without the --no-sandbox argument) in the App-V package, and this shortcut works on an App-V client. However, I'm not then able to access the internet using this shortcut. Chrome just hangs. What is a little odd is that if I type a word into the address bar in Chrome, it does go off to the web and finds popular searches which include the word I typed. 

    Any ideas?

    Friday, September 24, 2010 2:41 PM
  • You can download GoogleChromeStandaloneEnterprise.msi from http://www.google.com/chrome/eula.html?msi=true


    Wednesday, November 24, 2010 1:36 AM
  • thanks a bunch.
    Sunday, June 7, 2015 12:09 AM