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Installing Firefox Extensions via Group Policy/Script

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We have a department within our company that is using the standard Firefox.  (I have not gotten around to testing the FrontMotion GP controllable version yet).  Anyway, a security extension is being asked to be installed on all these Firefox machines.  Is there a way to centrally install this extension on these computers without interaction from the end user?
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Here is a great resource with the code to Silently Install Firefox Extensions. Top of it contains silent Firefox install and further down you will find silent extension installs.

http://www.msfn.org/board/Unattended-Mozilla-Instal-t20271.html&hl=silent++extension++firefox&st=66
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by:EMJTech
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Hmmm... didn't find too much helpful in there.  I'm looking for a vbscript to install from Group Policy.  I am deploying the FrontMotion packaged Firefox so that it can be controlled via GP.
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Whoops... sorry, I got twisted in all the pages of distracting stuff... now I see it again...



First you need to have a profile created. If you are doing an unattended install the easiest way is the -CreateProfile parameter:
 
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"%PROGRAMFILES%\Mozilla\Firefox\firefox.exe" -CreateProfile default
 
Then install your extensions via:
 
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START /WAIT "" "%PROGRAMFILES%\Mozilla\Firefox\firefox.exe" -install-global-extension "%FULLPATHTOEXTENSION%\mommy.xpi"

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by:EMJTech
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Ok, I tested this with an extension and it does nothing more than open up Firefox.  Nothing changed.  I can manually install the extension though.
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by:EMJTech
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Hubasan,

Thanks!  Figured out why it didn't work: I had set my group policy to only allow extension installs from the default whitelist.  Removed that policy and the install took.
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NOTE:

In order for this to work and you are using the FrontMotion GP controlled version, check the following setting:

xpinstall.whitelist.required

If this is enabled and you have not specified your local domain, then it won't let the install happen.
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by:Hubasan
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Nice find EMJTech. You definitely researched the solution. I merely pointed you to the right information. I wish all posters would be that involved.
Good Luck.
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by:ISUCASIT
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I wish people would state the final answer clearly.  Would someone be so nice?  I have this exact question, and I dont know what FrontMotion GP is.  I want to install a firefox global extension to an entire lab via GPO.  Any input appreciated.

Here is a good link to make the global installer

http://kb.mozillazine.org/Installing_extensions 
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