Push out a chrome shortcut to a certain website?
09/12/2014 12456 views
We are a school district. I currently have a shortcut to our "intranet site" (which is just a Google site with some Google Drive integration) on teachers desktops that is pushed out via Group Policy. I just used a URL shortcut, and it works great. However, it opens up in IE, because IE is the default browser on our machines (annoying, I know, but we have a critical system that needs IE as default...) To make matters more annoying, the IE version is version 9, which is not supported by Google Drive. So, what I'm trying to solve is how to leave IE as default browser, but get my shortcut to open up in Chrome.
The kicker is that we are mixed 32 and 64 bit Win 7.
I was hoping to just create a shortcut to Chrome, then load that specific website. The problem there is the mixed environment. So, that's two different shortcuts For example, for x32, the shortcut is:
"C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" https://ourwebsiteaddress
but for x64, the shortcut is:
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" https://ourwebsiteaddress
If I use a group policy, I can't specify to only apply to one architecture or the other.
If I use a file sync and labels from the K1000, I can't specify to only apply this to teacher logins, not student logins.
I'm wondering if anyone here has any creative solutions to this scenario... Maybe something I'm not thinking of with either a GPO or K1 File Sync?
Thanks for any ideas.
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Push this VBS file to the target machines and create a shortcut for the same
Set oShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
If Is64Bit()="True" Then
oShell.Run Chr(34) & "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" & Chr(34) & " " & "https://www.itninja.com"
oShell.Run Chr(34) & "%ProgramFiles%\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" & Chr(34) & " " & "https://www.itninja.com"
Set oShell = Nothing
Is64Bit = InStr(oShell.Environment("SYSTEM").Item("PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE"), "64") > 0
Answered 09/16/2014 by: jagadeish