I do a lot of customized silent installations for various things, ranging from use on my own personal computers to helping out with updating school computers. The one and only thing which I like about IE is that you can force some options via group policy. Firefox being third party software, group policy doesn't apply, but I've still always wanted some way to automatically and silently configure a Firefox installation. Fortunately, I found a very useful post online outlining exactly how to do this. It was written for Firefox 3.0, but everything still works as of Firefox 3.5. On its own, the article is quite useful. However, after having to manually go through its steps a few times, and noticing that I was using the command line pretty much every step of the way, I thought to myself, "why not do this with a batch file?" So, I created a batch file to build a custom firefox installation. All you need to do is customize your firefox.cfg file as desired, then drag-'n-drop the latest Firefox installer onto the build script. The script downloads the latest versions of the files required to build the installer, inserts your changes, then builds it all to a custom installation exe which you can then deploy silently (or normally). Instructions are included in the download. If you have questions, let me know in the comments!
Nov. 8, 2009, 11:34 a.m.