Google Chrome: howto configure? RRS feed

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  • Hi,

    Google Chrome installs some scheduled tasks by default. We do not want it to so we are looking howto configure it correctly. We do not want to use GPO's for all settings. We would like to start with a correct package, if really needed, GPO's can be applied.
    We do not want the policies be applied to users by logging into Chrome either.

    There are is a preference list: https://support.google.com/chrome/a/answer/187948 but we would like some mandatory list, like f.e. disable updates. There is a regkey http://www.symantec.com/connect/forums/how-update-registry-value-google-chrome-disable-update to disable update HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Update\AutoUpdateCheckPeriodMinutes to the REG_DWORD value of "0" but is that the way to go?

    There is a Chrome, I know, forum but I'd like to know your input.

    Jan Hoedt

    Tuesday, April 12, 2016 8:53 AM


  • As this is more of packaging question IT Ninja may be a better place to search.

    One option would be to download the Chrome msi and modify the installation using a transform (e.g. using a tool like Orca https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/255905 ). The Enterprise msi can be downloaded here https://www.google.co.uk/chrome/business/browser/admin/ .

    There is a property NOGOOGLEUPDATING, setting that to 1 seems to suppress the automatic updating functionality. That property could be added to the Property table (it gets used in the AppendEnterpriseToOptArgsProperty action). You could add the registry value directly via the transform but if you are not familiar with msi structure that may be more challenging to get right.

    Alternatively, you could create another deployment type using the REG command mentioned in the Symantec forum you linked to above. Then configure the main msi install as a dependency and deploy that.

    However, I don’t see a problem with configuring it via Group Policy. You may find that easier both in short-term and the long-term.

    • Proposed as answer by Garth JonesMVP Tuesday, April 12, 2016 12:21 PM
    • Marked as answer by janhoedt Thursday, April 14, 2016 8:44 AM
    Tuesday, April 12, 2016 10:22 AM