Setting default homepage in Google Chrome using GPO

Recently, I was asked to help figure out a way to set the default homepage in Google Chrome for a client who has a 2003 AD Forest (I know right?). Normally all of my instincts lead me towards Powershell but this time I am decide to go with the trusty old Group Policy. In order to set settings for Google Chrome in Group Policy you first will have to extend the schema of Active Directory to allow for the settings of Google Chrome. You will need to download the ADMX template and then add the ADMX template to Group Policy. You can do this by following these easy steps

1. Download the Google Chrome ADMX Template from here on to the DC….Chrome ADMX Templates
2. Unzip the download.
3. Open Group Policy Management from Administrative Tools.
4. Go to Forest, Domains, FQDN of your domain.
5. Right-Click on the FQDN and select Create a GPO in this domain, and Link it here.
6. Enter the name of the GPO, I used Google Chrome.
7. Go to the newly created GPO under the FQDN, remove Authenticated Users from Security Filtering and add the test user and their PC account.
8. Go to the newly created GPO under the FQDN, right-click and select Edit.
9. Under Computer Configuration, Policies right-click Administrative Templates and select Add/Remove Templates.
10. Click Add and find the chrome.adm in the policy_templates\windows\adm\en-US folder.
11. Click Open.
12. Click Close.
13. Under Computer Configuration, Policies, Administrative Templates, Classic Administrative Templates (ADM), Google, Google Chrome, Home Page select Configure the homepage URL.
14. Click Enable.
15. Type in the homepage under the URL and select OK.
16. Under Computer Configuration, Policies, Administrative Templates, Classic Administrative Templates (ADM), Google, Google Chrome, Startup Pages select URLs to open on startup.
17. Click Enable.
18. Click Show.
19. Click Add.
20. Type in the homepage under the URL and select OK.
21. Go to an elevated command prompt and type repadmin /syncall if there is more than one domain.
22. Go to the test computer and open an elevated command prompt and type gpupdate /force.
23. If successful, replace the test user and PC account in Security Filtering with Domain Computers and Authenticated Users.

I hope this is useful!

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