Using Group Policy to configure Firefox

Posted on 2004-11-17
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
I am looking to possibly replace my IE install base with Firefox 1.0.  One nice thing about IE is that it is easily configured within AD's Group Policies.  I was wondering if there is an easy way to create a policy that would configure Firefox for my users - specifically, proxy settings, software updates, etc.
Question by:sloth10k

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    Even better would be a way to roll it out via Group Policy.
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    You won't be able to configure firefox via group policy like you can IE. Remember group policy is a concept created by Microsoft so it is geared toward a microsoft environment...and you are limited to the settings they give you...they provide settings for IE since IE is a microsoft product.

    You can install firefox via group policy, but it'll take some work and it wouldn't be pre-configured.

    Here's a quote:

    "Deployment is another issue. Unfortunately, most of these alternative browsers are distributed as executable files, rather than the easier-to-deploy MSI packages that work so well with Group Policy's IntelliMirror features. In fact, of the most popular third-party browsers—Opera, Firefox, Mozilla and Netscape—none were available as an MSI. Of course, you could use MSI repackaging tools for easier deployment through SMS, Group Policy or some other tool"

    That is from:
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    You can find an MSI installer file at the MozillaZine forums:

    You can use that to deploy the browser in AD.  But, like luv2smile said, there is currently no way to control Firefox with group policies.
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    Ah, so there is an MSI installer out there somewhere for firefox...thanks for providing that...I figured one should be out there somewhere by now.
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    by:Daniel Van Der Werken
    Here's what I recommend:

    1.  Install FireFox 1.0 on a system and tweak it as you desire.  Then, note all the places changes were made and what those changes were.  You can use FileMon and RegMon from if need be or just read the documentation for FireFox if that helps.   I don't know.

    2.  Download and install the NSIS installer from

    3.  Create your own NSIS install package with FireFox and the settings.

    You have a lot of work ahead.  It's possible that if you note the changes made via the tweaks you could setup a custom group policy that does what you want, but I'm not sure about that.


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