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I deploy this new version the same way I did with version 4.

1- Decompress the orginal "Firefox Setup 5.0.exe" using 7zip in a temp folder.

2- Add a file in the folder "core\defaults\pref" with the name "local-settings.js". It should contains this: pref("general.config.filename", "mozilla.cfg");. This will indicate to use the configuration file "mozilla.cfg" for the settings. By settings I mean "Default starting page", download settings, etc.

3- Create in the folder "core" the file "mozilla.cfg".
To make it more secure I render the file mozilla.cfg unreadable using normal means by using ByteShifter. Do a Google search. It's free and easy to use. I use it to encrypt my mozilla.cfg file that contain this for example.

//
pref("app.update.enabled", true);
pref("network.proxy.type", 0);
pref("browser.startup.page", 1);
pref("browser.startup.homepage", "http://google..com");
pref("browser.download.useDownloadDir", false);
pref("browser.download.manager.closeWhenDone", true);
pref("browser.shell.checkDefaultBrowser", false);
pref("dom.disable_open_during_load", false);
pref("privacy.sanitize.sanitizeOnShutdown", true);
pref("signon.rememberSignons", false);
pref("browser.download.manager.showWhenStarting", true);
pref("browser.rights.3.shown", true);
pref("privacy.popups.usecustom", true);
pref("startup.homepage_welcome_url", "");

4- I create a file "override.ini" in the folder core. It should contains this:

[XRE]
EnableProfileMigrator=false

It's to disable the import wizard from prompting you to import settings and data.

5- I then create a new SFX archive using 7zip.

6- Copy this SFX archive on the destination computer and run this command: Firefox5.exe -y -o"C:\Temp" to decompress the content.

7- Run this command to install Firefox: C:\Temp\Firefox5\Setup.exe -ms. Finally, delete the temp folder "C:\Temp\Firefox5".

Note: I take no credit.

Hope it helps someone.
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Firefox Setup 5.0b2.exe -ms

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Place the prefs in the core\defaules\pref\local-settings.js
or place in Mozilla Firefox\defaults\pref\local-settings.js

the other two files do not work i only needed the local-settings.js

mine simply reads:

pref("app.update.enabled", false);
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"firefox setup 5.0.exe" -ms

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It is possible to package firefox in the way bkelly has mentioned so that it can be managed by Group Policy.

1) Download the extension from https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/gpo-for-firefox/

2) Copy the installed extension directory into the core/extensions folder and re-pack it in an sfx.

I have found it useful to go a fair bit further, and place the code inside the browser code. I add it to the browser.js file (in core/omni.jar/chrome/browser/content/browser). This way there is no way for the users to accidentally or purposefully delete/disable the extension. I have been doing this for a while now, works perfectly and you can manage most things (locked proxy settings, homepages etc).
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This is a standard Windnows Installer setup and supports all standard MSI arguments. For silent installation use:

msiexec.exe /i Secure-Browser-Firefox.msi /qn
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5.0.1

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Mozilla Firefox 5.0.1 (x86 en-US)

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C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\uninstall\helper.exe C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\uninstall\helper.exe C:\Program Files\Test\Mozilla Firefox\uninstall\helper.exe C:\ProgramData\Mozilla Firefox\uninstall\helper.exe

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