It’s simple enough to get Mozilla Firefox remotely installed on your computers, but how do you keep users from changing settings and potentially leaving your network vulnerable? In this post we’ll first silently install Firefox on machines, and then enforce Firefox settings using group policy.
Silently installing Firefox
Mozilla Firefox is one of the many deployment packages available in the Package Library. With a PDQ Deploy you can import this ready-to-deploy package (which we recommend as the package has additional steps to uninstall past versions of Firefox and other steps that also help avoid installation errors). With the free version you can also create this package to quickly install Firefox.
Add the Firefox Setup exe in the Install File field in your install step
Add silent parameter -ms to the Parameters field.
Save and close, you’re ready to deploy. Simply highlight your newly created package in the left tree and click the Deploy button in the right corner. From there you’ll be able to deploy right away or schedule and select deployment targets.
Enforce Firefox settings
Watch this video to learn how to set up PolicyPak, the video will also show you where to find and how to add “Paks” which you’ll need to help quickly manage hundreds of applications.
In your Group Policy editor, add a new GPO. Right click and select edit.
Now you’re ready to hit up the PolicyPak module. Click Application Settings Manager, right click and select the Mozilla Firefox pak. (The video link above will show you how to set up these paks.)
Double-click on the Firefox application now listed to start editing you settings. As you make changes right click and select the lock down option you desire to enforce settings in Firefox.