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Must have Firefox Plugins

We all know how the right plugin can make your daily tasks that much easier.

Here is a list of plugins I use in firefox on a daily basis.

-Flashgot (downloader)

-Web Developer (toolbar)

-Firebug (quicktool)

-NoScript (Plugin)

 

Please share what plugins you use on a daily basis weather it be for Firefox or Chrome.

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Handling Flash Player Plugin in Google Chrome

Adobe Flash is directly integrated with Google Chrome and enabled by default. Available updates for Adobe Flash are automatically included in Chrome system updates.

http://support.google.com/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=108086

 

by default, chrome uses inbuilt flash player plugin.

However we can enable the latest Flash Player plugin installed on system to be used by Chrome.

 

1) Delete the "gcswf32.dll" from the installdir of the Google chrome.

This will enable the newly installled Flash Player plugin.(This solution works for me!!)

OR

2) Manually Enable new plugin from "chrome:plugins"

This will make change in to “Preferences” file located at “%userprofile%/Local Setting/Application Data/ Google/Chrome/User Data/Default”

This file contains information related to all other Plugins , their state(enable/disable), DLL locations(hardcoded user specefic paths ) and other preferances .

***However, replacing this file will hamper the functionality of the other already instralled plugins.

 

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Using KACE with Firefox, Chrome

As a loyal Firefox user, I was disappointed when I found that there was no support for use in Firefox. After doing some searching, I discovered it was, actually, possible to run the KACE client through Firefox as well as Chrome with the use of a simple plugin called "IETab"

For Chrome: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/hehijbfgiekmjfkfjpbkbammjbdenadd

For Firefox: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/ie-tab-2-ff-36/

Using this addon, you can open any IE-dependant web page with Firefox and  Chrome. The benefit of this is being able to use the plugins you use with these browsers - for example, I have my browser set up with a an addon that allows a triple frame in a single window, allowing me to open the Computer Inventory, Scripting, and Help Desk pages of the KACE client all at once - instead of opening them individually and waiting for our, occasionally slow, network to load the pages one by one.

A very small fix to allow more diverse and creative control over your workstation.

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K1000 Software Library: Install of Google Chrome Standalone Enterprise

The Software Library is a great way for you IT team to post authorized software for users to download themselves. Since the agent runs as a service with local admin rights, there is no need to your IT team to remote into an end user's machine to allow a software application to be installed. In this guide, I will walk you thru the process of setting up Google Chrome internet browser in the K1000 software library.

Before we can set up the Software Library item, we must first have the following steps completed:

Download the Google ChromeStandaloneEnterprise.msi  (used for example)

Have Google Chrome listed for the program in Software Inventory.

Note: Ensure that your version matches the installer downloaded. I recommend manually installing the program on a test box that has the KACE agent installed, and then forcing a check in. That’s the easiest way to create the item.

 

  • Click the Google Chrome link to jump to the software inventory page for that item; Inventory -> Software

From here, you can see that we have prepopulated a lot of information about the software.

  • Scroll down the page to select the operating systems it will be installed on
  • Add the installer downloaded earlier under the Associated Files section by using the Choose File button

  • Save when done

Now, we are ready to set up our Software Library install. 

  • Go to Service Desk -> Software Library  -> Add New Item:

  • Choose Install for Package Type and then select the Google Chrome software item from the dropdown list:
    • Download = Will deploy similar to a manual installation. The file will push to the client, and the end user has to go thru the setup wizard.
    • Install = Will deploy using the command entered in the install command line
    • Script = Allows you to deploy an script that has been created
  • Once it’s selected, use the following command line to install:

msiexec.exe /i GoogleChromeStandaloneEnterprise.msi /qb

Note: The /qb allows the user to see a progress bar, which lets the end user know the process is working. Use /qn for a fully silent install.

 

  •  You can also add installation instructions to the page and limit access to specific user labels. (optional) 
  • Click the Enabled check box at the top of the window, and then click Save.

Note: Click OK on any informational  pop-ups that come up. You may see the Package Type bubble change to “Download” after saving. DO NOT CLICK SAVE AGAIN. Instead, just navigate to any other page in the KBOX. 

 

Now that we have the Software setup for deployment, we can take a look at the view from your user portal.

  • Log into the user portal
  • Click on Software Library and choose the package to be installed.

  • Click Install Now

Note: Depending on the size of the program, it may take a few minutes to start. Since this one is small, it usually kicks off in under a minute. Timing will vary depending on size of file and network bandwidth.

 

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Deploy Google Chrome (for Business/Enterprise) via GPO

Google Chrome is becoming the standard in business providing big speedups, apps, all the while keeping up to date with HTML5 & CSS3 as well.

Down the bottom I have supplied the MSI+MST for download.


Needed:

Google Chrome for Business EXE
Google Chrome ADM/ADMX Templates


Direct download links:

Google Chrome for Business MSI (35.3MB)
https://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/business/browser/admin/thankyou.html?msi=true

Google Chrome for Business ADM/ADMX Templates (5.7MB)
http://dl.google.com/dl/edgedl/chrome/policy/policy_templates.zip


Steps:

After you have downloaded the MSI and ADM/ADMX templates, move the files to a network accessable folder. Once done, open up Group Policy.

Create a new Group Policy by right clicking on an OU (Prefereably a test workstation OU). Click “Create and Link a GPO Here..”

Call the GPO “Install Google Chrome Enterprise”

In the Group Policy Object Editer, open 'Computer configuration' > 'Software Settings' > 'Software Installation'. In the white space on the right hand side, right click > 'New' > 'Package'

Find where you stored the “Google Chrome Enterprise.msi” and open it. Choose Advanced rather than Assigned, then click Ok. In here Feel free to change the name of the file, or check anything you want to. Afterwards choose 'Ok'.

You Should now see Google Chrome sitting there ready to be installed and managed.


Administrative Templates:

Extract the ADM/ADMX policy files downloaded from Google/the above link.

To install the Administrative Templates, in Group Policy Object Editor, under 'Computer Configuration' > 'Administrative Templates' right click on 'Administrative Templates'. Choose 'Add/Remove Templates'. With the panel that pops up click on 'Add...' down the bottom left. Sifting through to the ADM/ADMX files that were downloaded, choose the right language for you and the right format.

I chose 'Policy_templates' > 'Windows' > 'adm' > 'en-us' > chrome.adm

Once selected click okay and close the add/remove templates panel. The new templates will now be avaliable under:

'Computer Configuration' > 'Administative Templates' > 'Google' > 'Google Chrome'

'Computer Configuration' > 'Administative Templates' > 'Google' > 'Google Chrome – Default Settings'


'Google Chrome' is the backend settings for chrome and 'Google Chrome – Default Settings' is user-defined settings that can be overridden by the user.

Be warned. There is A LOT of policies that can be applied so have fun! After the policies are set, exit out of the editor and try it out on a test machine!

 

Direct MSI+ADM/ADMX Template Download:

Version 31.0.1650.63:

http://www.mediafire.com/download/d4uaasqlrw6ny5y/Google%20Chrome%20Enterprise%2031.0.1650.63.zip

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