Web 2.0, SOA, and Web Services: Google Chrome Leverages Active Directory for Centralized Deployment and Management

 
 
By Andrew Garcia  |  Posted 2011-01-11 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Google Chrome takes another step toward enterprise suitability with enterprise-ready installation packages and configuration options that will allow IT administrators to centrally manage the availability, freshness and operational behavior of Google's Web browser. In December, Google released a new Windows installer package compatible with standard enterprise software deployment tools, along with a set of new policy templates for use with Windows Active Directory (along with some deployment help for Linux and Mac desktops as well). Using only Group Policy, I was able to push Chrome to my managed desktops—overwriting any existing Chrome instances—and configure 36 different browser functions, including the homepage, default search provider and history- and password-saving behaviors. I was also able to blacklist the use of certain, or all, browser extensions. To read the full review, check out "Google Chrome Delivers Enterprise Deployment and Management". Or if you have experience with Google Chrome and managing the browser via Active Directory, share your thoughts at http://labs.eweek.com.
 
 
 

Google Chrome Leverages Active Directory for Centralized Deployment and Management

by Andrew Garcia
Google Chrome Leverages Active Directory for Centralized Deployment and Management
 
 
 
 
 
Andrew cut his teeth as a systems administrator at the University of California, learning the ins and outs of server migration, Windows desktop management, Unix and Novell administration. After a tour of duty as a team leader for PC Magazine's Labs, Andrew turned to system integration - providing network, server, and desktop consulting services for small businesses throughout the Bay Area. With eWEEK Labs since 2003, Andrew concentrates on wireless networking technologies while moonlighting with Microsoft Windows, mobile devices and management, and unified communications. He produces product reviews, technology analysis and opinion pieces for eWEEK.com, eWEEK magazine, and the Labs' Release Notes blog. Follow Andrew on Twitter at andrewrgarcia, or reach him by email at agarcia@eweek.com.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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