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Bulk Installation of the VisualSP Browser Extension – Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and IE

Applies to: VisualSP
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Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Internet Explorer are supported for bulk installation. Browser extensions for Safari will need to be installed by individual users. Our recommended installation process is to use our Installation Wizard to install directly onto SharePoint on-prem and online. This makes VisualSP available to all browsers automatically, without the need for a browser extension. However, to experience VisualSP in O365, and in other web-based applications, a browser extension is required.

Bulk installation for Chrome on PC

  1. Go to the server that manages the group policies and login.
  2. Go to the link below and download Google ADM / ADMX templates: http://dl.google.com/dl/edgedl/chrome/policy/policy_templates.zip
  3. Extract the files to C:\Google Group Policies Templates\
  4. Open Group Policy Management.
    Note

    Always install with elevated privileges.

  5. Right click on the GPO you want to configure and click Edit.
  6. Go to Computer Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates, and right click on Add/Remove Templates
  7. Click Add and choose the file C:\Google Group Policies Templates\windows\adm\en-US\chrome.adm
  8. Close the Add/Remove Templates popup.
  9. Go to Classic Administrative Templates > Google > Google Chrome > Extensions, and, in the right panel, double click Configure the list of forced installed extensions.
  10. From the radio button, select Enabled.
  11. In the panel under Options, click Show.
  12. To the list in a new row, enter the following line: ohdihpdgfenligmhnmldmiabdhflokkh; https://clients2.google.com/service/update2/crx
  13. Click OK on both the open windows to close them
  14. Open the run window on the clients' computers (Windows + R).
  15. Run the command: gpupdate /force

Bulk installation for IE on PC

  1. Download the extension from the following link.https://s3.amazonaws.com/sharepoint-videos/Office365TrainingApplication/internet-explorer-extension/VisualSPOnlineHelpApp.IEAddOnSetup.msi

Use your IT department tools to distribute the extension

  1. Distribute the extension. Microsoft’s instructions for deployment via Group Policy are available at: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/816102/how-to-use-group-policy-to-remotely-install-software-in-windows-server

Bulk-enable the extension

  1. Use an existing GPO or create a new one.
  2. Navigate to:UserConfiguration\Policies\AdministrativeTemplates\WindowsComponents\InternetExplorer\SecurityFeatures\Add-onManagement
  3. Edit the Add-on List setting
  4. Click Enabled.
  5. In the options, click the Show
  6. Create a new row.Value name: {D72035C3-C0C3-4B26-92CD-31B6892EA8BE} Value: 1
  7. Click OK in both open windows to close them.
  8. Open the run window on the client's computers (Windows + R).
  9. Run the command: gpupdate /force

Bulk installation for Firefox on PC

Note

Always install with elevated privileges.

  1. Go to the server that manages the group policies and login.
  2. Go to the link below and download the Firefox ADMX templates: https://github.com/mozilla/policy-templates/releases
  3. ADMX templates should be added to the \\<domain>\sysvol\<domain>\policies\policydefinitions directory.
  4. Open the Group Policy Management window and right-click to edit an existing GPO or create a new one. Navigate to: Computer Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > Mozilla > Firefox > Extensions. Right-click on Extensions to Install and select Edit.

  5. Under Extensions to Install, select Enabled

  6. In the panel under Options, click Show.
  7. Point it here to install the extension: https://s3.amazonaws.com/sharepoint-videos/Office365TrainingApplication/firefox-extension/visualsp_online_help_system-1.0.1.3-an%2Bfx.xpi

  8. Click Ok twice to close the open windows
  9. Open the run window on the clients' computers (Windows + R).
  10. Run the command: gpupdate /force

Bulk installation for New Edge on PC

For New Edge you need to deploy a logon script that installs the add-on. To download the new version of MS Edge if you haven't already you can find the Enterprise version here which will come as a .msi which can be deployed through group policy - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download
  1.  Download the Edge Administrative Templates from here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download  You will need to fill out the required fields and click the "GET POLICY FILES" button
  2. Open Group Policy Management
  3. Create a new GPO for the policy (or add to an existing policy)
  4. Right-click your GPO, and select “Edit”
  5. You will then see the “Group policy management Editor” window
  6. Expand the Computer/User configuration tree on the left-hand side, depending on how you wish to configure your policy
  7. Right-click on “Administrative templates” and select “Add/Remove Templates”
  8. Click on "add"
  9. Browse to the templates you downloaded in step 1 and open the “msedge.adm” template that is relevant to your operating system and Language.
  10. Once uploaded, expand to the following path (may vary depending on your OS) on the left of the Group policy management editor: “Computer/User configuration > Policies > Administrative templates > Classic administrative templates > Microsoft Edge > Extensions > ”
  11. On the right-hand side, select “Control which extensions are installed silently”
  12. Right-click, and select “Edit”
  13. Mark the “Enabled” button
  14. Click the “Show…” button
  15. Under the “Value” column, enter the following: fikahncggdmdffmdaonjjkeikmpbcbao;https://edge.microsoft.com/extensionwebstorebase/v1/crx (Please make sure you have no blank spaces in the Value Box)
  16. Click “OK”, followed by “Apply”

You may also wish to disable “InPrivate Mode” and "guest mode"

  1. In the same GPO, on the left-hand side, browse to:“Policies > Classic Administrative Templates > Microsoft Edge”
  2. On the right-hand side, locate “Configure InPrivate mode availability”
  3. Right-click, and select “Edid"
  4. In the new window, “Enable” this policy item
  5. From the “Configure InPrivate mode availability” drop-down list, select “InPrivate mode disabled.”
  6. Click “OK”, followed by “Apply”
  7. On the right-hand side, locate “Enable guest mode”
  8. Right-click, and select “Edit”
  9. In the new window, “Disable” this policy item
  10. Click “OK”, followed by “Apply”
You may wish to disable the ability for users to end processes in the Browser Task Manager, as this will stop logging and blocking. To do this you can navigate to the following location. "Policies > Administrative Templates > Classic Administrative Templates > Microsoft Edge > "Look for the following Object > "Enable ending processes in Browser Task Manager" and set to Disabled. This will allow the users to open the Browser Task Manager but will disable the "End Process Button" You may wish to disable or block Edge notifications completely or from specific sites. To do this you can use the following policies. User or Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Classic Administrative Templates > Microsoft Edge > Content Settings > Look for "Default notification setting" and set to enabled and set the setting to "Do not allow any site to show desktop notifications" You can also set specific sites not to show notifications on the following policy;User or Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Classic Administrative Templates > Microsoft Edge > Content Settings > Look for "Block notifications on these sites" and set to enabled and set the list of sites you want to block.Here is an example of what needs to be put in; https://docs.microsoft.com/DeployEdge/microsoft-edge-policies#notificationsblockedforurls
  1. Back in the Group Policy Management window, assign this policy to users/computers as normal
  2. Users affected by this GPO should now see the Edge extensions installed and enabled automatically (once the GPO has updated on their machine).
  3. To enable Developer Mode in Windows 10, set the above policies to Enabled and then click Apply followed by OK.
  4. Reboot your PC to save changes
  5. Download the following .appx file and place it on a UNC share that is readable to all users: https://s3.amazonaws.com/sharepoint-videos/Office365TrainingApplication/edge-extension/VisualSPOnlineHelpSystem.appx
  6. You will need to create a .ps1 PowerShell script that has the single line command in it to install the add-in:“add-appxpackage -path <UNC path to the appx file>
  7. Right click on the GPO you want to configure and click Edit.
  8. Go to User Configuration > Policies > Windows Settings > Scripts (Logon/logoff)
  9. Double-click Logon, select the PowerShell Scripts tab, and click Add
  10. Browse to and select the PowerShell script you just created. You can leave the Script Parameters field blank.
  11. The PowerShell script needs to be digitally signed with a code signing certificate if the PowerShell script execution policy is set to “remotesigned” or higher.
For further assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We are always here to help! GPO http://www.VisualSP.com support@visualsp.com 630-786-7026  
Updated on September 8, 2021

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