Frequently Asked Questions
How does Active Directory and GPO (Group Policy Object) relate to Google Admin Console?
Active Directory manages the OU structures for users and GPO manages the device/user settings for Windows devices similarly as Google Admin Console does both for Chrome devices. If Google Admin Console is not used, Clever can be used in its place.
How does installation work?
After going through traditional GG deployment, Windows deployments can be found in Org Management. The installation itself can be deployed with GPO, SCCM, or however your organization deploys software. We also require and recommend specific policies be configured in Group Policy Management. The configuration and installation process will typically take between 20-90 minutes depending on the complexity of the windows environment, and the GPO policy can be unlinked at any time if issues arise.
How is it licensed?
GoGuardian for Windows is licensed the same as when products are licensed for Chromebooks. There is no separate SKU.
Will GoGuardian for Windows have full remote desktop access?
With GoGuardian Teacher for Windows, Teachers will be able to remotely close apps, open and close tabs, and lock the entire screen. However, full remote access into the student device is not a feature.
Do Beacon and Admin work on GG for Windows and do they work outside of the browser?
GoGuardian Admin and GoGuardian Beacon require the extension to monitor student activity. Browsing activity within Chrome browser will continue to be monitored and filtered for Admin, similarly to Chromebooks. Beacon will work the same, within Chrome Browser. For GoGuardian Admin, Theft Recovery does not currently function for Windows devices due to it being a Chrome Device Management extension.
Does GoGuardian on Windows also filter browsers other than Chrome (Edge, Firefox, IE)?
GoGuardian does not filter other browsers at this time. However, for GoGuardian Teacher, the entire desktop will be viewable. Particularly in a lab environment, if other browsers are needed, GoGuardian Teacher screens view can be utilized.
Yes, a GoGuardian Teacher would be able to see which app is running on Windows by looking at their desktop or looking at the “List of Running Apps”. (Please note, this feature is not currently available for Windows 8).
How does GoGuardian differ on a Chromebook rather than on Windows?
All products that utilize the GoGuardian extension will predominantly function the same or with increased functionality in some cases on Windows.
- For GoGuardian Admin, monitoring, filtering, and smart alerts will remain the same in Chrome browser. Theft Recovery is not a feature for GoGuardian for Windows.
- For GoGuardian Beacon, monitoring will remain the same.
- For GoGuardian Teacher, the entire desktop will be viewable rather than only the browser view. Teachers will also have the ability to close undesired apps and open a tab even when the browser is closed. In addition to seeing the browser, the entire desktop will be viewable and lockable. These features are distinct to GoGuardian Teacher.
We need to utilize other browsers for testing purposes. Can I allow specific browsers for a span of time?
Yes, you are able to edit your configuration as needed to allow specific third party web browsers, and revert back when they are no longer in use.
Do you integrate with Active Directory?
GoGuardian for Windows will not integrate with Active Directory - the Google Admin Console is still required to import OUs. However, clients can sync their Active Directory with their Google Admin Console or sync with Clever.
Do I need Active Directory and why?
Yes, Active Directory will hold the OU structure in Windows. Active Directory is needed to manage GoGuardian Windows devices. Either Google Admin Console or Clever will be needed to tie information to users.
Do I need Google Admin Console and why?
GoGuardian needs to tie specific information to users. For most districts, this will be done via Google Admin Console. We have also recently released an integration with Clever. For schools that do not use Google Admin Console, they may use Clever.
As cloud configuration is a little trickier than on-prem, please schedule a time with the GoGuardian Implementation Team by reaching out at firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I get started?
Please navigate to https://manage.goguardian.com/windows to get started!