App Layering Recipe For Google Chrome 2.6 or Later

Unidesk recommends including the OS Type and OS bit level in the name, for Example Google Chrome 31 Win7x32. For versions remember that when choosing a layer you can see the version name but not the version description. Use naming that will allow you to differentiate versions appropriately. For example “1.0 12-12-2013”.
The basic installation steps are straight forward:

  1. Create a Google Chrome application layer
    1. Install Chrome using the offline installer or msi
    2. Note on extensions
    3. Disable Google Updates (optional)
  2. Configure Chrome AD GPO’s
  3. Apply the layer to desired desktops

Step 1 Create a Google Chrome Application Layer

The first step is to install Chrome itself. Download the offline installer from here:

Choose the Alternate installer for all user accounts. Then install Chrome. It will install into the “Program Files” directory.

To install extensions please use a GPO

Disable Updates

There are two ways that can be used to disable Google Updates for Chrome. You can use the enterprise GPOs, see the next section or follow this link to disable via the registry

or set the value of HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesGoogleUpdateAutoUpdateCheckPeriodMinutes to the REG_DWORD value of “0”.

Step 2 (Optional but recommended) Install and configure the Google Enterprise Active Directory Templates In Order To Manage These Settings

The Goggle Chromium project has created a set of GPO settings that can be used to manage Chrome in an Enterprise Environment.

Here is where you can download the ADM files and see the documentation:

Once you have the ADM files installed its very easy to configure Chrome settings.


If you are using a GPO to disable updates just add a version to your layer and open Chrome it will automatically update. If you have used the registry setting to disable updates modify the registry setting to a number other than 0 and open chrome, it will update then you can set the registry entry back to 0. Note: If this doesn’t work for you let me know I was not able to test this in the lab.

If you have enabled any updates through scheduled tasks, disable that as well.

Considerations for Non-Persistent Desktops

It is not possible to add custom extensions for a single user with a NP desktop.


Not able to print using generic USB redirection from Chrome OS

The supported solution for printing with Workspace App for Chrome during ICA Sessions is documented in our edocs under the following section:

The section on “Citrix PDF Universal Printer driver” and “Google Cloud Print support” describes supported steps to enable printing.


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