How to Install Google Chrome Using Group Policy

How to Install Google Chrome Using Group Policy

In this blog post, I’ll show you How to Install Google Chrome Using Group Policy on client computers using Windows Server 2016.

Deploying software via Group Policy can make the lifecycle of application very consistent and simple.

Group Policy gives us the option to either deploy the software to Users or Computer and then we can target the object based on the OU structure In AD.

Google Chrome

Google Chrome is a freeware web browser developed by Google.

It was first released in September 2008, for Microsoft Windows, and was later ported to Linux, macOS, iOS, and Android.

Google Chrome is also the main component of Chrome OS, where it serves as a platform for running web apps.

As of Q2 2017, StatCounter estimates that Google Chrome has a 63% worldwide usage share of web browsers as a desktop browser.

It also has 54% market share across all platforms combined

Group Policy

Group Policy is a feature of the Microsoft Windows NT family of operating systems that controls the working environment of user accounts and computer accounts.

It also provides centralized management and configuration of operating systems, applications, and users’ settings in an Active Directory environment.

Get Started

The first step in the deployment Is to download the Google Chrome.MSI file (left option)

Download Chrome Bundle
Download Chrome Bundle

Once downloaded, copy the .MSI to a shared folder on your network where all the computers have access to it.

Open a Group Policy Management console and create a new Policy

Create a new GPO
Create a new GPO

Under User Configuration -> Polices -> Software Settings -> Software Installation right click and Select new

Select Assigned to Install the software when the user logs In to the Computer

Select Published to make the software available from Add \ Remove programs

Group Policy Management console
Group Policy Management console

Select the software from the Share folder and click OK

Once done, you will the deployment details below

To check if the policy Is applying to the computer run

Gpresult /r

Next time the user log In to the computer they will see the Software Installation message and Google Chrome will be deployed