How to deploy Chrome Browser with Group Policy

I know this is bad but sometimes companies want to deploy Chrome browser to their Windows workstations. I personally recommend Firefox... Anyway, we will see how to do it with group policy (GPO) in a Active Directory environment.

I made it works for Workstations and for Users who doesn't have Administrator rights.

Download msi file

  • First thing first we need to download msi file :
Chrome Download
  • Put the GoogleChromeStandalone Entreprise64.msi file to the NETLOGON share of your DC :
Create a GPO

Create Group Policy Object

  • Open Active Directory Users and Computers :
Run Active Directory Users and Computers
  • Move Computers to OU (Organizational Unit) :
Run Active Directory Users and Computers
  • Open Group Policy Manager :
Run Group Policy Management Console
  • Create GPO :
Create a GPO
  • Give a name to the new GPO :
Give name to a GPO
  • Edit the GPO :
Edit a GPO
  • Go to Computer Configuration > Policies > Software Settings > Software Installation > Right click > New > Package...
GPO New MSI Package
  • Select the GoogleChromeStandalone Entreprise64 MSI package :
Select MSI package
  • Let Assigned as deployment method :
Create a GPO

Errors

First it didn't work and I could see this list of errors inside Event Viewer

  • The assignment of application Google Chrome from policy install failed. The error was : %%1274
  • The removal of the assignment of application Google Chrome from policy Deploy - Chrome failed. The error was : %%2
  • Failed to apply changes to software installation settings. The installation of software deployed through Group Policy for this user has been delayed until the next logon because the changes must be applied before the user logon. The error was : %%1274

Specify startup policy processing wait time

Thanks to https://serverfault.com/ I could solve it :

  • Computer Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > System > Group Policy > Specify startup policy wait time
Group Policy Management Editor
  • Set 120 for Amount of time to wait :
Group Policy Management Editor

Result

Reboot and ...

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