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I've noticed resistance to installing Chrome with auto-update on desktop workstations in some businesses. The main argument against being that sys admins can no longer handle the rollout of updates. What are the advantages of managing these updates via group policy as discussed here?

Surely disabling auto-update just makes you've browser more susceptible to zero-day exploits.

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Surely disabling auto-update just makes you've browser more susceptible to zero-day exploits. Actually, Chrome is notorious for adding new bugs and making drastic changes at an alarming rate with each new version, so the threat of new bugs and breaking changes is far more of a problem than 0-day exploits to enterprises since they have policies and such about Internet usage in addition to gateways, firewalls, etc. –  Synetech Dec 16 '12 at 3:47

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Mostly:

  • Bandwidth usage (which can be handled with a proxy).
  • Often, the need to test applications (what if an auto-update introduces a bug that breaks a critical business application?).
  • IT might want/need (e.g. regulations) to have tight controls on what versions of software are available.
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Yup to all of the above. Wasted bandwidth is more of an issue to SOHOs and home users than larger enterprises, but it is an issue nonetheless. The Second and third reasons are the main ones for businesses. Ask any enterprise IT admin and they will tell you that they cannot have software simply update willy-nilly. They must do testing to be sure it is compatible, it won’t break anything like moving controls, changing labels, adding or removing things, etc. Then there is the plain, old security issue. In fact, Chrome of all software is notorious for gaining lots of bugs in each new version. –  Synetech Dec 16 '12 at 3:45

Waste of bandwidth (e.g. many machines downloading an update at the same time).

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thanks, any other reasons? –  chillitom May 28 '12 at 10:00
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that's not an argument, a proxy handles this situation quite well. –  akira May 28 '12 at 10:10

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