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Manage Chrome and Firefox Bookmarks Location via Group Policy?

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  • We have folder redirection enabled for some folders such as Documents, Desktop and Favorites, but we do not backup or redirect user's appdata folders because they are huge and contain some files that should not be roamed between PCs.

    Is there any way to either use a GPO to change the default location for Chrome (C:\Users\USER_NAME\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default) and Firefox bookmarks (%APPDATA%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\<random named profile folder>) to the user's Documents folder so they are redirected to a file server for backup or else redirect the default bookmarks path to a server?

    Also, we don't even want to redirect or backup everything contained in those folders (such as temp files) since that can be gigabytes of garbage.  Just the bookmarks.


    • Edited by MyGposts Sunday, December 27, 2015 7:29 AM
    Sunday, December 27, 2015 7:23 AM

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  • Hi,
     
    Am 27.12.2015 um 08:23 schrieb MyGposts:
    > Is there any way to either use a GPO to change the default location for
    > Chrome (C:\Users\USER_NAME\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User
    > Data\Default) and Firefox bookmarks
    > (%APPDATA%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\<random named profile folder>)
     
    Firefox:
    Manipulate the %appdata%\FireFox\Profiles.ini with GPP INI Files.
    Change "IsRelative=0" and define the path
    Than all Settings are stored to this place, not only bookmarks.
     
    Chrome:
    You can start the chrome.exe with "--user-data-dir="
    and define your path to the profile.
    GPP Shortcuts can change the startmenue entries.
     
    Alternative:
    Use a tool like UE-V to centralize profiledata that is usually not
    included in a Roaming User Profile or create NTFS symbolic links to
    only address the bookmarks pathes.
     
    Mark
    --
    Mark Heitbrink - MVP Windows Server - Group Policy
     
    GPO Tool: http://www.reg2xml.com - Registry Export File Converter
     
    Sunday, December 27, 2015 11:48 AM

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  • Hi,
     
    Am 27.12.2015 um 08:23 schrieb MyGposts:
    > Is there any way to either use a GPO to change the default location for
    > Chrome (C:\Users\USER_NAME\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User
    > Data\Default) and Firefox bookmarks
    > (%APPDATA%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\<random named profile folder>)
     
    Firefox:
    Manipulate the %appdata%\FireFox\Profiles.ini with GPP INI Files.
    Change "IsRelative=0" and define the path
    Than all Settings are stored to this place, not only bookmarks.
     
    Chrome:
    You can start the chrome.exe with "--user-data-dir="
    and define your path to the profile.
    GPP Shortcuts can change the startmenue entries.
     
    Alternative:
    Use a tool like UE-V to centralize profiledata that is usually not
    included in a Roaming User Profile or create NTFS symbolic links to
    only address the bookmarks pathes.
     
    Mark
    --
    Mark Heitbrink - MVP Windows Server - Group Policy
     
    GPO Tool: http://www.reg2xml.com - Registry Export File Converter
     
    Sunday, December 27, 2015 11:48 AM
  • Hi,
     
    I'm just writing to check how's everything going? If you have any questions or needed further help on this issue, please feel free to post back.
     

    Regards,

    Ethan Hua


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    Tuesday, January 12, 2016 6:16 AM
    Moderator
  • Thanks alot for that. 

    In Chrome you can also use the group policy for chrome to configure the working directory (same as "--user-data-dir=", just central configuration). worked perfectly in my case.

    Tuesday, October 25, 2016 9:01 AM
  • Will it create the "user directory" too? in my case its not creating automatically.

    Wednesday, November 01, 2017 5:01 PM