Deploy the DNSWatchGO Chrome Extension

Deploy the DNSWatchGO Chrome extension to each Chromebook in the school or organization that you want to protect.

Before You Begin

To install the DNSWatchGO Chrome extension, you must have:

  • A DNSWatchGO license
  • A Google Workspace (formerly G Suite) administrative account

A Google Admin account grants you access to the Google Admin Console where you manage Google services for people in an organization, school, or group.

Download the DNSWatchGO Chrome Extension Policy

The DNSWatchGO Chrome extension policy contains your account API token and is used to validate your deployment.

To download the DNSWatchGO Chrome extension policy from the DNSWatch web UI:

  1. Log in to your DNSWatch account in the WatchGuard Portal.
  2. Select Deploy > DNSWatchGO Clients.
    The DNSWatchGO Client Settings page opens.

    Screen shot of the DNSWatchGO Client Settings page

  3. To copy the Chrome extension policy to your clipboard, in the Account API Token section, click Copy Chrome Extension Policy.
  4. Paste the copied text into a text file and save it to your computer. This text file is required in the next section.

Configure and Deploy the DNSWatchGO Chrome Extension

To configure and deploy the DNSWatchGO Chrome extension:

  1. Log in to the Google Admin Console with your Google Admin credentials.
  2. From the Admin Console, select Devices.

Screen shot of the Google Admin Console home page

  1. From the navigation menu, select Chrome > Apps & extensions > Users & browsers.

Screen shot of the Google Admin left navigation menu

  1. Select the organizational unit into which to deploy the DNSWatchGO Chrome extension.
  2. In the lower-right corner, click + and select Add Chrome app or extension by ID.

Screen shot of the Add Chrome app or extension by ID menu

  1. In the Add Chrome app or extension by ID dialog box, paste the DNSWatchGO Chrome extension ID ccjcelolfamgcpojceoockjkgigdkcge into the Extension ID text box.

Screen shot of the Add Chrome app or extension by ID dialog box

  1. Click Save.
  2. In the Installation Policy column, select how you want to deploy the DNSWatchGO Chrome extension:

Force install

Installs the app automatically and prevents users from removing it.

Allow install

Lets users install the app.

Block

Prevents users from installing the app. Removes the app from users that have the app installed.

We recommend you select Force install to automatically install the extension for users in your organization. Users cannot disable or remove items that are force-installed. For more information, see Automatically install apps and extensions. For more details about installation types, see View and Configure apps and extensions.

Screen shot of the Google Admin Console with WatchGuard Beta extension install options

  1. Click DNSWatchGO.
    The right navigation menu opens.
  2. In the Policy for extensions section, click and upload the Chrome extension policy text file you saved from the DNSWatch web UI.

    Screen shot of the DNSWatchGO Beta configuration file in the Google Admin Console

  3. Click Save.
    The deployment is complete. The Google Admin Console shows the install as inherited from WatchGuard Technologies, Inc.

Screen shot of the Google Admin Console after the DNSWatchGO Chrome extension deployment

View Connected Chromebooks in DNSWatch

After the DNSWatchGO Chrome extension is deployed, you can view your connected Chromebooks in the DNSWatch web UI on the Configure > DNSWatchGO Client Groups > View All Clients page.

It can take Google several hours to push the DNSWatchGO Chrome extension to all of your Chromebooks. Users must also browse to a URL for Google to push the extension.

When first deployed, all clients are placed into a Default Group.

Screen shot of the DNSWatchGO Client Groups page

To create a DNSWatchGO Client group, or to move clients from the Default Group into an existing client group, see Manage DNSWatchGO Client Groups.

See Also

About DNSWatchGO for Chrome OS

Test the DNSWatchGO Chrome Extension Before Deployment

View DNSWatchGO Chrome Extension Diagnostics