Firefox deployment on XP, 2000, and 2003

Now that the version 1.0 release of Firefox is starting to roll out, it’s time for ever Windows user to get out there and download Firefox as your preferred browser. It’s faster, safer, and more compliant than what you’re using now – plus you get some new bells & whistles to add to your normal browsing experience. For example, can I tell you how much I love the “live bookmarks” in the new Firefox? It uses RSS feeds to give you quick links to updated content. No muss, no fuss.

The real question is: How do I distribute Firefox across my Windows (XP, 2000, 2003) network?

Actually, it’s quite easy for system administrators and network admins to push Firefox to users across the network. There’s an automated push method and a manual push method.

Briefly, for the automated method, you will download and configure Firefox (bookmarks, homepage, extensions, themes, etc) on your staging machine. Download and install the Firefox Deployment Builder and extract all the zip files into one directory. Run the deploy utility & determine if you want to push down a self-executing file or not. From there, just get ready your batch file (or SMS other distribution) and you’re ready to go.

Full & detailed instructions for a Windows network install are available at dbltree.