Managing Google Chrome using Group Policies

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How to manage Google Chrome from a central location using Group Policies.

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The first step is to download the admx files to be added to the Group Policy Templates. We can find a copy of that on the following page: https://dl.google.com/dl/edgedl/chrome/policy/policy_templates.zip

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The Zip file can be extracted to any folder on the Domain Controller, and we need to navigate to windows, and then admx folder on the extracted content. Copy the chrome.admx and the language folder for your environment.

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Copy the content into the PolicyDefinitions folder (in case you are use a Central Store for Group policies which is the recommended approach)

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After that just close the Group Policy Management console, and open it again, and edit any Group Policy. We should be able to see the Google Chrome folder and several options to manage the Google Chrome in your environment, including default browser, automatic updates and etc.

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Written by Anderson Patricio

Anderson Patricio

Anderson Patricio is a Canadian MVP in Cloud and Datacenter Management, and Office Server and Services, besides the Microsoft Award he also holds a Solutions Master (MCSM) in Exchange and several other certifications. Anderson has been contributing to the Microsoft Community with articles, tutorials, blog posts, twitter, forums and book reviews. He is a regular contributor here at ITPROCentral.com, MSExchange.org, Techgenix.com and Anderson Patricio.org (Portuguese).