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Sideloading (installing) Browser Extensions, if required


On most devices, installing the Auvik SaaS Management agent will automatically deploy the browser plugins for the common browsers.


This article details the steps required to sideload browser extensions if required.


Browser Extension ADMX/ADM Files

Google: (adm/admx templates)

Firefox: (admx templates)

Edge: (admx templates)

Installing Browser Extensions 

There are two types of policy templates available, an ADM and an ADMX  template. You’ll want to verify which template type you can use on your network  (ADM templates are designed for Windows XP / Server 2003, whereas ADMX  templates are for Windows Vista onwards.). These templates show which registry keys you can set to configure your browser, and what the acceptable values are. 

The browser looks at the values set in these registry keys to determine how to act. 

Installing Browser Extensions / Google Chrome 

  1. Download Google Chrome templates and documentation
  2. Unpack downloaded zip file. You’ll see folders ‘windows’ and ‘common’.  Open ‘windows’ folder and then open folder ‘admx’ (or ‘adm’ if on  Windows XP / Server 2003).
  3. Copy file ‘chrome.admx’ and appropriate local folder (for example folder  ‘en-US’) to folder where policy definitions on your computer are stored  (usually c:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\). If you are on Windows XP / Server  2003, just copy appropriate ‘chrome.adm’ file (for example ‘en US\chrome.adm’).
  4. Click on Start button, type ‘Run’ and click ‘Enter’. Run popup window will  open. 
  5. Type ‘gpedit.msc’ and click OK. Local Computer Policy Editor will open.
  6. Navigate to Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration >  Administrative Templates > Google > Google Chrome > Extensions. 
  7. Double-click item ‘Configure the list of force-installed apps and extensions’.  Popup window will open.
  8. Select the ‘Enabled’ radio button and click the ‘Show’ button. ‘Show Contents’  popup window will open. 
  9. Enter the following value into the text field and click the OK button. kieikihnfebppciimgpalbdjkjiahnlk;
  10. Click the OK button in ‘Configure the list of force-installed apps and  extensions’ and close ‘Local Group Editor’ window 

Installing Browser Extensions / Mozilla Firefox

  1. Download the Policy Templates for Firefox.
  2. Copy the file in your Domain Controller, unzip the folder and copy the .admx file in C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions and the .adml file corresponding to your language to C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\en-US
  3. Go to the Group Policy Management > User Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > Mozilla > Firefox > Extensions
  4. Select extensions to install > select Enabled > click Show...
  5. Enter the following URL in the Value field:
  6. Click OK.

Installing Browser Extensions / Internet Explorer Edge  (Chromium-Based)

  1. Download the Policy Templates if you have not already
  2. In Group Policy Editor, create a new GPO for the Auvik SaaS Management install (or attach it to a current one).
  3. Go to User Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > Microsoft Edge > Extension
  4. Select Control which extensions are installed silently
  5. Enable - Show.. - and enter in the following string. This is the following in the value field: fbgiiopidibajnhdbmfcbgjkdmehhjck;
  6. Click OK and Apply the Group Policy to the desired scope.

Forcing Group Policy To Update

  1. The following command can be run in Powershell as Admin to force group policy updates.
gpupdate /force

* See the following article to learn more about gpupdate /force, and how it works.

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