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DraconPern

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Post Posted August 12th, 2005, 8:26 pm

a new version of the advanced administrative template (mozilla.adm) has been posted

http://www.frontmotion.com/Firefox/fmfirefox.htm
-Eric Kuo
FrontMotion Login, Firefox MSI, and other software at www.frontmotion.com
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DraconPern

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Post Posted August 12th, 2005, 8:37 pm

To answer a few people's question on the INSTALLLEVEL.

You need to first do an 'administrative install', use the /a switch to install to a network directory. From there, you can tell a GPO to use that install.

for example.
msiexec /a Firefox.msi INSTALLLEVEL=1000

for more information see
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/defau ... ptions.asp
-Eric Kuo
FrontMotion Login, Firefox MSI, and other software at www.frontmotion.com
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sunmanx

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Post Posted September 9th, 2005, 8:46 am

Draaku wrote:I fully support firefoxADM. I have used it to foll out to over 300 users!! Now with the new option to redirect bookmarks to home user folders i am even more happy. The one thing I need though is a GP supported MSI file for version 1.0.6 I cant seem to find one and I dont want to use Frontmotions. They brand it and change the icon.


Where are you seeing this new option? I have 1200 pc's and 300 users, being able to setup roaming type profiles for firefox and thunderbird are a must have. I have a share called Firefox_Profiles on a network drive that gets mapped as P: when a user logs in.

TIA

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Post Posted October 11th, 2005, 11:52 pm

FrontMotion Firefox 1.0.7 Community Edition with administrative template support is available for free download.

http://www.frontmotion.com/Firefox/fmfirefox.htm


Mozilla Firefox 1.0.7 is available for free download.

http://www.frontmotion.com/Firefox
-Eric Kuo
FrontMotion Login, Firefox MSI, and other software at www.frontmotion.com
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Post Posted December 4th, 2005, 4:56 am

I am trying to do a rollout of Firefox across a large number of XP desktops. The issue I have is that as well as installing Firefox, I also want to pre-set a large number of configuration options, and also install a number of extensions.

I have tried three software packages to enable me to do this: InstallRite, Symantec AI Snapshot, and Macrovision FlexNet Admin Studio. InstallRite doesn't support a feature I need, and the other two stubbonly refuse to repackage Firefox. AI Snapshot just crashes, and Admin Studio creates an exe that installs ok, but then won't run Firefox.

There's more detail on what I have tried and the problems I am having, here:
http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?t=350011

The MSI that DraconPern has created looks great, but I don't really understand how I would modify this to include all the custom configuration settings I need, as well as install all the extra extensions. I guess I could learn how to use the MAKEMSI scripting language, but I was rather hoping I could use one of the snapshotting tools I described above.

Does anyone know why these tools fail to work?


Thanks in advance


Tom

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Post Posted January 13th, 2006, 4:17 pm

the extensinons cannot be added using a snapshot technology, since they are installed based on each user's profile that is located in %appdata%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles. there needs to be a more intelligent script that would publish the extensions to each user's profile as he/she logs in and uses firefox.
i've created an MSI installer based on Frontmotion's MSI that installs Firefox 1.5 along with 7 extensions (one of them IETab), and allows you to customize IETab "list of sites that would always load in IE". the MSI installer has been tested in Active Directory deployment and works perfectly. I'm planning to make it available to public shortly.

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Post Posted January 15th, 2006, 7:31 am

From my Mozilla Enterprise bookmark collection...
Firefox Enterprise Notes - Deploying with Extensions - Inside Firefox by Ben Goodger
http://weblogs.mozillazine.org/ben/archives/008431.html
http://www.frontmotion.com/Firefox/ - MSI Installer - Frontmotion for Mozilla Firefox
http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?t=225555 - Mass Installer
Firefox Deployment Guide - Automated deployment with extensions, themes, and pre-configuration
http://firefox.dbltree.com/
http://wiki.mozilla.org/Firefox:Preconfigured_Packaging
http://wiki.mozilla.org/Firefox:1.5_Ext ... acklisting
FirefoxADM
http://homepages.ed.ac.uk/mcs/FirefoxADM/Readme.htm
Automatic Mozilla Configurator - dated but insightful
http://www.alain.knaff.lu/howto/Mozilla ... links.html
http://mozptch.mozdev.org/
http://wiki.mozilla.org/Firefox:1.5_Mul ... _xulrunner
XULRunner tutorial
http://developer.mozilla.org/en/docs/XULRunner
http://wiki.mozilla.org/XUL:Xul_Runner
http://wiki.mozilla.org/Firefox:2.0_Ins ... Deployment
http://wiki.mozilla.org/Mozilla2:Multi_User_Sharing
WPKG - automated software deployment, upgrade and removal script for Windows.
http://wpkg.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page
Windows Installer XML (WiX) toolset
WetDog allows you to lock down the Mozilla Browser and Firefox using Group Policy Objects (GPOs) in Active Directory
The Mozilla Enterprise project - LOW Traffice Mailing List
NOVELL- ZenWorks - Distributing Firefox to Non-admin Users
rolling out firefox in a school environment
http://www.firemonger.org/en/
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Post Posted January 15th, 2006, 1:37 pm

i've created my first MSI package (based on Frontmotion's Firefox 1.5 MSI) that also installs 7 most popular extentions... you can download it from http://vindimy.dyndns.org/_dist/firefox/ (not always online). email me to vindimy AT gmail with questions or comments...

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Post Posted January 23rd, 2006, 9:11 am

I would also love to see an official MSI for businesses for FF and TB. It would help adoption by larger organizations and businesses.

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Post Posted April 25th, 2006, 1:39 am

Looks like official adoption of MSI by Mozilla Firefox has been push back from Firefox 2 as well, it's down on the roadmap as a future requirement.

http://wiki.mozilla.org/Firefox2/Requirements

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Post Posted June 19th, 2006, 11:45 pm

Just a quick note that the MSI's has been updated for 1.5.0.4
-Eric Kuo
FrontMotion Login, Firefox MSI, and other software at www.frontmotion.com
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Post Posted October 4th, 2006, 2:36 am

Sorry for the late announcement here. MSI's has been updated for 1.5.0.7.
I am also providing a packaging service for people that need extensions. http://www.frontmotion.com/FirefoxPackager
-Eric Kuo
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Post Posted November 9th, 2006, 1:49 am

Updated for Firefox 2.0
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Post Posted October 2nd, 2008, 9:43 am

DraconPern wrote:FrontMotion Firefox 1.0.7 Community Edition with administrative template support is available for free download.

http://www.frontmotion.com/Firefox/fmfirefox.htm


Mozilla Firefox 1.0.7 is available for free download.

http://www.frontmotion.com/Firefox


Thx for this.

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