Manage Google Chrome Settings Using Intune Administrative Template | Settings Catalog

Microsoft Intune (a.k.a Microsoft Endpoint Manager) added a new capability that enables MEM Admin to manage Google Chrome settings from Intune Settings Catalog and Administrative Templates for Windows devices.

With the Service release 2203, Google Chrome settings are included in the Settings Catalog and Intune Administrative Templates (ADMX). Previously, you created a custom OMA-URI device configuration policy to configure Google Chrome settings on Windows devices.

There are two ways to create an administrative template: Using a template or the Settings Catalog. The Settings Catalog has more Administrative Template settings available.

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Administrative Templates are built into Intune and don’t require any customizations, including OMA-URI. As part of your mobile device management (MDM) solution, use these template settings as a one-stop shop to manage your Windows client devices.

The newly added Intune Administrative Template for Chrome will give you the same group policy creation admin experience from a modern management perspective.

Manage Google Chrome Settings Using Intune Administrative Template

Let’s follow the steps for using the Administrative Templates template for Google Chrome.

  • Sign in to the Endpoint Manager Intune portal https://endpoint.microsoft.com/
  • Select Devices > Windows > Configuration profiles > Create profile.
Manage Google Chrome Settings Using Intune Administrative Template | Settings Catalog 1
Click on Create Profile – Manage Google Chrome Settings Using Intune Administrative Template

Google Chrome settings will also be included in the Settings Catalog, and You can also use Intune Settings Catalog to go for all the policy settings in Intune.

  • Enter the following properties:
    • Platform: Select Windows 10 and later.
    • Profile: Select Templates > Administrative Templates.
Select Platform, Profile Type - Manage Google Chrome Settings Administrative Template
Select Platform, Profile Type – Manage Google Chrome Settings Administrative Template

On the Basics tab, enter a descriptive name, such as Configure Chrome Home Page URL. Optionally, enter a Description for the policy, then select Next.

Specify the Name - Manage Google Chrome Settings Using Intune Administrative Template
Specify the Name – Manage Google Chrome Settings Using Intune Administrative Template

In Configuration settings, select All settings to see an alphabetical list of all the settings. Or configure settings that apply to devices (Computer configuration) and settings that apply to users (User configuration).

Here you see Google Chrom Policy available for both Computer and User Configuration.

Select Configuration - Manage Google Chrome Settings Using Intune Administrative Template
Select Configuration – Manage Google Chrome Settings Using Intune Administrative Template

When you select Computer configuration or User configuration, the setting categories are shown. You can choose any category to see the available settings.

You may see the below highlighted policy folders inside the Google Chrome Settings - 

Allow or deny screen capture
Content settings
Default search provider
Deprecated policies
Extensions
Google Cast
HTTP authentication
Legacy Browser Support
Native Messaging
Other
Password manager
Printing
Remote access
Removed policies
Safe Browsing settings
Startup, Home page and New Tab page

For example, Here I selected Computer configuration > Google > Google Chrome to see all the device settings that apply to Chrome Browser:

Available Settings for Google Chrome - Manage Google Chrome Using Intune Administrative Template
Available Settings for Google Chrome – Manage Google Chrome Using Intune Administrative Template

Here from the list of settings, You can configure the chrome settings. For Example, I am configuring the home page button and URL in Google Chrome.

Selected Configure the home page URL added the URL – https://www.howtomanagedevices.com.

I have also configured the following combination of policies for setting up the Home Page, and You can adjust based on requirements.

  • Configure the home page URL – Enabled
  • Configure the New Tab page URL – Enabled
  • URLs to open on startup – Enabled
  • Show Home button on toolbar – Enabled
  • Use New Tab Page as homepage – Enabled

Note – In policy, use the search box to find specific settings. You can search by category or a keyword, such as HomePage It will display all the related settings available.

Configure Home Page URL - Manage Google Chrome Settings Using Intune Administrative Template
Configure Home Page URL – Manage Google Chrome Settings Using Intune Administrative Template

Under Assignments, In Included groups, click Add groups and then choose Select groups to include one or more groups. Click Next to continue.

Note – You can deploy it only to a set of Intune Managed Windows 11 or Windows 10 devices using Intune Filters.

Assignments - Manage Google Chrome Settings Using Intune Administrative Template
Assignments – Manage Google Chrome Settings Using Intune Administrative Template

In Scope tags, you can assign a tag to filter the profile to specific IT groups. Add scope tags (if required) and click Next.
In Review + create, review your settings. When you select Create, your changes are saved, and the profile is assigned.

Review Settings - Configure Chrome Home Page URL
Review Settings – Configure Chrome Home Page URL

A notification will appear automatically in the top right-hand corner with a message. Here you can see that Policy “Configure Chrome Home Page URL” saved successfully. The policy is also shown in the Configuration profiles list.

Policy "Configure Chrome Home Page URL" saved successfully
Policy “Configure Chrome Home Page URL” saved successfully

Chrome Administrative Template Deployment Status

You can check deployment status from Intune Portal, which provides an overall view of policies deployment status.

Chrome Administrative Template Deployment Status
Chrome Administrative Template Deployment Status

Event Logs Chrome Administrative Policy

The Intune event ID 814 indicates that a string policy is applied on the Windows 11 or 10 devices. You can also see the exact value of the policy being applied on those devices.

You can check the Event log path to confirm this – Applications and Services Logs – Microsoft – Windows – Devicemanagement-Enterprise-Diagnostics-Provider – Admin.

For Example, the Show HomeButton policy has been applied, and you will be able to see the information in Event logs. Similarly, you can look for the different applied policies and configuration details.

MDM PolicyManager: Set policy string, Policy: (ShowHomeButton), Area: (chromeIntuneV1~Policy~googlechrome~Startup), EnrollmentID requesting merge: (78BF73E9-4EBB-4575-9EF5-21B30DB3FD4E), Current User: (Device), String: (), Enrollment Type: (0x6), Scope: (0x0).

Chrome ShowHome Button - Event Logs Chrome Administrative Policy
Chrome ShowHome Button – Event Logs Chrome Administrative Policy

Validate Registry Chrome Administrative Policy

You can open REGEDIT.exe on a target computer to view the registry settings that store policy settings. These settings are located at the registry path, If It has applied chrome settings for Computer.

If the targeted policies are applied for users, you can locate the settings at HKCU\Software\Policies\Google\Chrome. Here You will be able to find the settings at Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Chrome

Chrome HomePage Location - Validate Registry Chrome Administrative Policy
Chrome HomePage Location – Validate Registry Chrome Administrative Policy

End Users Experience – Chrome

Open Google Chrome. As you launch the browser, you will be directly showing the configured Home Page URL, and there’s a Home Button activated based on the applied configuration for the devices.

You can validate all others applied settings for chrome.

End Users Experience - Chrome
End Users Experience – Chrome

To quick access, applied policies lists. In the address bar for Google Chrome, type chrome://policy and then click Enter

End Users Experience - Chrome
End Users Experience – Chrome Policy

Author

About Author – Jitesh, Microsoft MVP, has over five years of working experience in the IT Industry. He writes and shares his experiences related to Microsoft device management technologies and IT Infrastructure management. His primary focus area is Windows 10 Deployment solution with Configuration Manager, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT), and Microsoft Intune.

1 thought on “Manage Google Chrome Settings Using Intune Administrative Template | Settings Catalog”

  1. Fantastic article and goes a long way for managing AADJ devices.

    Question.
    Where are the settings for performing automatic updates?
    The closest I saw was the the option to Enable component updates in Google Chrome.

    For Domain Joined devices using Group Policy there was always a separate ADMX template file for updates.

    I wonder if this will be making it way native in Intune at some point as well?

    Reply

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