share bookmarks

I am moving users from IE8 to FireFox....  We share book marks and with IE I was able to share  the folder with the bookmarks and just add or delete as needed.  Now with FF they use a single places file (10MB) and the location various with each computer/user account (although always in app data).

I would like to continue with the ability to share bookmarks.  My only thought was to share the app data folder and replace the entire places file but then any bookmarks a particular use saved will be lost, not to mention copying a 10MB file to various computes will be a little slow.

Any suggestions on the best way to share / add / delete bookmarks with FF as compared to IE's favorites?  Also due to internal policy we are not able permitted to create a Firefox user account to share bookmarks (that would have been kind of nice though)

Thank you.
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Mark BullockQA EngineerCommented:
When you install Firefox, can you use the import bookmarks feature in the installer?

If IE8 is on the same PC, can the user import the IE8 bookmarks using the Bookmarks feature in Firefox? Mozilla has instructions.
https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/import-bookmarks-internet-explorer
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thandelAuthor Commented:
Its not a matter of importing... its an issue when I want to add a new bookmark to 16 user's computers/firefox bookmarks.  The only way I can is to replace their 10MB places file but then they will loose any of their own bookmarks that they added for their own use.
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Craig KehlerDirector of Customer RelationsCommented:
Firefox sync is the only solution I know of. Does your policy prevent you from creating one that is customized to only share bookmarks?
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Mark BullockQA EngineerCommented:
Consider building a web page with all the links you want.
I think the user experience would be better.

You can deploy it on a web server (intranet) or put your html file on a file share and people can open and bookmark the file.
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thandelAuthor Commented:
Thanks actually I was thinking of a web site on our main server but if the internet is lost at that location then noone has bookmarks, unless I distribute a web page locally....

Sync is not an option with our company policies.... but is there any way to prevent users from changing settings to the sync profile?  We could synch book marks with a company user account but then I don't want users to have the ability to save passwords for example.
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thandelAuthor Commented:
The only issue with a web page is that its kind of a pain to have to go to the home page then find your bookmark as well as I can add anything to the tool bar.

What about if a copy the places file to the server and then on start up if the local file has a different date then copy the file from the server to %appdata%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\*.default
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thandelAuthor Commented:
Is there away I can import a single bookmark that will add to existing books marks?  If so I could have a batch file run on login that looks and runs instead of copying over the entire places file.
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Mark BullockQA EngineerCommented:
I don't see any way to change only specific things (i.e. bookmarks) in user profiles.
So you could completely replace a user profile, but that would remove any bookmarks your users added. Probably not what you want.
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Craig KehlerDirector of Customer RelationsCommented:
Sync is not an option with our company policies.... but is there any way to prevent users from changing settings to the sync profile?  We could synch book marks with a company user account but then I don't want users to have the ability to save passwords for example.

You can customize it to only share bookmarks.

sync
I don't think you can prevent them from modifying the options of what to sync in Firefox. But I think you'd be better off educating them why they should not save passwords etc.
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thandelAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the input.... I have tried to "share" the profile folder so I can replace the places file... its OK if we loose user bookmarks.... more important that the office shares "business" bookmarks.

However when I share the profile folder... the places and all the other files are not seen.. its like FF is preventing something from over riding them.  This is really odd.  Has anyone seen this before?  If that is the case that kills my idea of sharing the places file.  Further more, I copied the places from one computer to another and the bookmarks didn't show up in FF from the newly copies places file.

Is my plan sunk?  IE differently has some simple advantages.
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thandelAuthor Commented:
Actually my mistake it seems that sometime FF puts profiles in

C:\Documents and Settings\USER\Local Settings\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox OR
C:\Documents and Settings\USER\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox

I think that is about all I can do... you have given me some good ideas to work with.
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Craig KehlerDirector of Customer RelationsCommented:
Happy to help!
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