Mass Distribution for Mozilla Firefox with GPO


This document provides step-by-step instructions on how to utilize your Active Directory Group Policy Management against Firefox Policy templates to deploy the Apty Client Browser extension to all PCs in your organization.


Step 1: Downloading Firefox Policy Templates 

1. Download Firefox templates by visiting the link below: 

2. Extract archive in the temporary location 

Step 2: Adding Firefox .admx and .adml files to Group Policy 

1. Navigate to the directory in which you extracted the Firefox Policy Template file and copy the firefox.admx file located within the \policy_templates_v.(version)\windows directory to C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions 

2. Navigate to the directory in which you extracted the Firefox Policy Template file and copy the firefox.adml file located within the \policy_templates_v.(version)\windows\en-US directory to C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\en-US 

NOTE: If a different language is desired instead of en-US, please navigate to the directory for the correct language of your choosing. Example: es-ES 

Step 3: Create or Configure your Firefox Policy 

1.  Open the Group Policy Manager on your domain controller and expand out your domain -> Group Policy Objects. If you currently do not have a Group Policy created in which you want to utilize for Chrome Policies, proceed to right-click on Group Policy Objects and create a New Policy.

2. Name the policy something relevant. Ex: “FirefoxAptyAddon”

3. Once created, right-click the new policy, and select Edit.

4. Expand out Firefox Policy -> Computer Configuration -> Policies -> Administrative Templates -> Firefox -> Extensions

5. Edit the Extensions to Install setting.

6. Tick the Enabled button, and then click the Show button.

7. Add the following text and click OK.<tenantID>/client-firefox-4.5.1.xpi

8. Click Apply and then click OK 

9. Next, right-click and Edit the Prevent extensions from being disabled or removed

10. Tick the Enable button, and then click the Show button.

11. Add the following text and click OK.

12. Click Apply and then click OK 

13. Exit the Group Policy Management Editor, Right Click the OU of your choice, which contains your Computers or Users, and select Link an Existing GPO.

14. Select the FirefoxAptyAddon Policy and click OK 

15. For any PC or User within that OU, the FirefoxAptyAddon Policy will automatically install the Apty Client Browser Extension

Step 4: Check Your Firefox Policies

1. On a target client device, open Firefox and navigate to about:policies to see all policies that are applied. 

2. You can also check your extension getting installed in the addons list

NOTE: You may need to run gpupdate /force, in an elevated command prompt, to apply this new group policy to the PCs. 

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