Deploy the AODocs Smartbar on your domain with GPO

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Prerequisites for Deploying the AODocs Smartbar via Windows Group Policies Objects (GPO)

Deploying the Smartbar by Group Policy Object is restricted to companies working with Active Directory Domain (Microsoft) and will only apply to the workstations registered in this Active Directory. 

  1. You should have already deployed Chrome for Work by GPO.
    You can find details here: https://support.google.com/chrome/a/answer/188446
  2. The ADM templates for Chrome for Work customization.
    You can find them here: https://dl.google.com/dl/edgedl/chrome/policy/policy_templates.zip
  3. An account with Administrator rights for the Active Directory Domain you intend to use.

Adding the Administrative Templates to the Active Directory Domain Controllers

Google provides you with the necessary ADM template to customize Chrome for Work setup, see the point 2 of the GPO prerequisites.

ADM file import (for Active Directory Functional Level 2003):

  • Navigate to Start > Run: gpedit.msc
  • Navigate to Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates
  • Right-click Administrative Templates, and select Add/Remove Templates Add the chrome.adm template via the dialog.
  • Once complete, a Google / Chrome folder will appear under Administrative Templates if it's not there already.

ADMX file import (for Active Directory Functional Level 2008 and above):

  • Copy the chrome.admx file to %SystemRoot%\PolicyDefinitions
  • Copy one or more of the language directories, for example en-US, to %SystemRoot%\PolicyDefinitions as well. You should copy all language folders which already exist under the PolicyDefinitions folder.
  • Navigate to Start > Run: gpedit.msc
  • Navigate to Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates
  • A Google / Chrome folder will appear under Administrative Templates if it's not there already.

You must create a new GPO. The new GPO’s will be applied to old and as well to new fresh Chrome installations.

Configure, Apply and Verify the GPO

Navigate to Start > Run: gpedit.msc. Then go to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Classic Administrative Templates > Google > Google Chrome (1). In the right pane, locate and double click the “Extensions” Folder (2).


Opening the Extension folder

Double click the policy “Configure the list of force installed extensions” (3).


Double clicking on the “Configure the list of force installed extension”

On the dialog “Configure the list of force-installed extensions” enable the policy by clicking on “Enabled” (4) and click on the “Show…” button (5).


Enabling the policy

On the Show Contents dialog (6), copy and paste the following value inside the quotes: “aikbehojjdffmangolfbohjdigfdnepa;https://clients2.google.com/service/update2/crx” These are first, the AODocs Smartbar extension ID and the update URL. Then click “OK” (7).


Entering the extension ID and its update URL

Click “OK” (8) to close the “Configure the list of force-installed extensions” window, and apply the GPO to the group of computers you require.


Closing and applying the modifications

To verify, on a Windows PC if the GPO has been applied, open Chrome and access “about:policy” in the omnibox. If you see the policy ExtensionInstallForceList with the value: “aikbehojjdffmangolfbohjdigfdnepa;https://clients2.google.com/service/update2/crx” (9), the GPO was applied properly.


Verifying that the GPO is working properly

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