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Forum Thread: Is Mozilla Firefox update possible via Task Scheduler?

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mtodorov Is Mozilla Firefox update possible via Task Scheduler?
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Hi,

As you may remember, in thread about Google Chrome it was asserted that unattended Chrome update was preferred. This would update all 50+ PCs in our labs without the need to login, start Chrome and select Wrench->About Google Chrome menu item.

BONUS QUESTION 1:
Is Google Chrome updated via scheduler only when an admin is logged in :-( ?
(When I logged in as unprivileged user, there was no such item in Scheduler.)

I wondered if the same is possible with Firefox?

That is, currently we use "Automatically install updates (recommended: improved security)" on Options->Options->Advanced->Update tab.

QUESTION 2 is:

1. Is there a way to set it that way across all Windows 7 usernames?
2. Is there a way to update Firefox like Chrome is updated, from scheduler, without the need to start Firefox itself?
3. Can all Win7 usernames trigger auto-update, or is a login from administrator required?

I can't seem to figure this out from our setup.

Thank you.

Regards,
mt


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mtodorov RE: Is Mozilla Firefox update possible via Task Scheduler?
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Last edited on 3rd Mar, 2014 15:40
IN the mean time, questions concerning Chrome have become obsoleted.

Scheduled Chrome's update is triggered whether the administrator user is logged on or off. This suffices for me.

I can't seem to find a cook book for doing the same with Firefox. It seems that 50+ logons as privileged user and 50+ x FF startup/shutdown are necessary.

Most recent article on the subject is this one:
http://dottech.org/94079/why-does-firefox-still-no...

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mt


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mtodorov RE: Is Mozilla Firefox update possible via Task Scheduler?
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CONFIRMATION:

Google Chrome is silently updated without any user having to log on.

The requirement is that it is installed under Administrator log on once, then automatic update shall proceed whether a user is logged in or not.

Thank you for your time.
This forum writings help me a great deal.

Regards,
mt


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Anthony Wells RE: Is Mozilla Firefox update possible via Task Scheduler?
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Hello mt ,

Sounds logical for Chrome as a lot of software updaters will connect to their servers without the programme being launched ; plus the Document and Settings default location is/was in ..\your name\.. rather than an admin folder . Difficult for me to be more precise as in XP I'm also automatically Admin .

Nothing to offer on the Ff front but the ESR platform may be easier to handle for a group of machines , sturdy and secure , if you like :-

https://wiki.mozilla.org/Enterprise/Firefox/Extend...

Take care

Anthony

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mtodorov RE: Is Mozilla Firefox update possible via Task Scheduler?
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Hi Anthony,

In fact, as observed, if installed with sufficient privileges, Google Chrome will default to

C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\33.0.1750.146

(the release number will vary, and occupy it's own folder).

The update will run as a privileged user from scheduler.

About ESR, I may need to read it several times, as I don't understand the concept. Will it mean waiting for more stability amongst new features in "rapid release" cycle so they would propagate to ESR release?

Thanks,
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