Installing Chrome on a Windows 2008 R2 Terminal Server

Chrome is a pretty fantastic browser; in fact, I’m using it right now!  However, it wants to live in your AppData directory, and that’s a drag for users on Terminal Servers since administrators can’t easily install the application into that location, and users can’t install it themselves if they’re not administrators…

But Google has come to the rescue with an alternate installer that you can grab from their website:

So, log yoursef on the terminal server as an adminsitrator and download the Alternate installer for all user accounts.

Google is going to freak you out with a big button that says “Accept and Install” after you review the EULA.  DON’T PANIC! You;’ll be allowed to download the installer (ChromeStandaloneSetup.exe) and install it using the Programs app in the Control Panel, as you install all programs on the terminal server.  (You do use that, right?)

Our Favorite Tools: Google Calendar

Not only am I a sysadmin, but I’m also a family man. I’ve spoken of my love for the Exchange connector which syncs my Treo with my Outlook calendar; but that doesn’t help my wife who would like to know where I am too…

Enter Google Calendar.

Both my wife and I have Google acounts which allows us to share our calendars. I can find out where she is and she can find out where I am. It’s a nice complement to the calendar that’s stuck on the fridge when I’m not near the fridge.

However, it’s been a hassle double-entering my stuff.. once in Outlook and once in Google Calendar (or GCal for you hipsters).

Companion Link software, maker of many fine sync products, had an Outlook to GCal sync program, and I ponied up the $20 or $30 for it, and it worked for awile… but things got horribly out of synch and I ended up with like 7 copies ofbirthdays and other recurring appointmentson my Outlook calendar, so I sidelined CompanionLink and basicially let GCal wither on the vine.

But no longer! Google themselves came out with an Outlook / GCal sync tool, and so far, I like it a lot. It’s a small app that sits in your tray and it snychs up your calendars on a given schedule. (Default is every 120 minutes.)

Whaty’s also nice is it allows for one-way sync… so I push my Outlook calendar out to my GCal and my wife knows (within two hours) where I’ll be.