As a first step, get the ChromeOS Application and Extension IDs relevant to the version you are running on from the Upgrade articles.

Then, you'll need to deploy the Impero ChromeOS Client Application and Extension to your Chromebooks via the Google Admin Console using the admin credentials:

  • From the main Admin page, browse in Devices>Apps & Extensions>Users & browsers
  • Select the "+" button and paste the app ID for ChromeOS Application and ChromeOS Extension you got before

  • Set them on Force install and remove any previous version of the plug-ins. Then, save everything

Please note: Impero can only be deployed to Chromebook’s via users and not by machines.

By deploying the plug-ins from a top Organization Unit, any sub OUs will also inherit any changes we make with regards to adding them.

For Impero to be able to establish a connection with your Impero Server host, a managed bookmark must be created to instruct the Chromebook to where it needs to communicate. With a managed bookmark, students can't edit this bookmark so there is no need to worry about them changing this.

  • From the main Admin page, browse in Devices>Settings>Users & browsers
  • Add a search filter for "Bookmarks"
  • Under User experience, add a new managed bookmark:
    • Bookmark name: Impero Server
    • Bookmark URL: [your Impero Server IP address]
  • Note: ensure your Impero Server hosting machine has a statically assigned IP address when setting up your Chromebooks to utilise Impero. Otherwise, this bookmark may need changing regularly if a dynamic address is assigned.

Additional information:

  • Task Manager in ChromeOS can be used to view what processes are running on your device. Just like Windows Task Manager it can also be used to end/terminate the processes you have running on a device. It is highly recommended that you disable access to Task Manager for users to prevent them from stopping Impero Education Pro and any other applications you have installed. Impero Education Pro has been designed to automatically launch again if the process has been terminated, but it is still recommended to disable Task Manager to prevent gaps in monitoring and logging.
  • Incognito mode allows a user to open browser windows that do not load applications and extensions. As a result users in Incognito mode will not be monitored or activate logged by Impero Education Pro. To combat this it is essential that you disable Incognito mode for users running Impero Education Pro.
  • Like Incognito mode, Guest mode doesn’t retain any session data or enable apps and extensions with the added function of not requiring a valid Google account to login. Guest mode prevents the Impero Education Pro Application and Extension from being deployed. It is therefore recommended that you disable Guest mode via the Google Admin Console.
  • Impero Education Pro uses a series of rapidly taken screenshots to provide live monitoring of active devices rather than a direct stream connection to the device. This method improves latency and reduces network overheads. On the ChromeOS platform this functionality is dependent on screenshots being enabled for the users from within the Google Admin Console. With screenshots disabled, Impero Education Pro will still monitor and log device activity, but you will be unable to view a live feed of the device from the console. It is therefore recommended you enable screenshots.