The Windows client is a Windows service which runs a number of system and user processes.
Once installed and enrolled it provides students with the freedom to explore the internet while empowering teachers to monitor, guide and assist. The Windows client shares a live stream of the student's device with the teacher and allows them to perform the following actions.
- Send Message – Teachers can send a direct one way message to the device
- Launch Website – Teachers can open a web site on the device automatically
- Lock Screens – Teachers can lock the screen of the device
- Internet Access – Teachers can disable internet access in browsers where Impero browser extensions are installed
- Website Lists – Teachers can enforce allow and block website lists in browsers where Impero browser extensions are installed
- Close Tab – Teachers can view open browser tabs lists and close open tabs in browsers where Impero browser extensions are installed
The minimum system requirements for the client are:
- 2.0 GHz+ Single Core Processor
- 2 GB RAM
- 5GB free disk space
- Windows 10 x64 or Windows 8 x64
- Windows Domain Enrolment
- Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge (v77+ chromium)
for more details on browser extensions click here
Impero class:room - How do I install browser extensions?
Installation - Single Device
Download Windows Client
Get the Chrome Extension here
1. Open local security policies and navigate to Local Policies->User Rights Assignment
2. Add domain users to the “Create a token object” and “Replace a process level token” policies
3. Run the MSI from a command prompt with Administrator privileges. Use the following command line to run the setup.
msiexec /i "C:\Users\Test\Desktop\impero-windows.msi" SCHOOLCODE=XXXXX
replace "C:\Users\Test\Desktop\impero-windows.msi" with the location and name of the MSI.
replace SCHOOLCODE=XXXXX where XXXXX is your valid school code.
4. If Microsoft Defender SmartScreen is enabled select Run anyway
5. Once installation is complete you will be prompted to enter your school code.
6. When Log in window appears enter a valid username & password and click Log In.
Installation - Mass Deployment with Microsoft Group Policy
*Before we setup Group Policy you will need to make sure the Installer is in a shared location and accessible by all machines and have Active Directory setup with an “Organisational Unit” set up for devices *
Deploy the client .MSI
Open up Group Policy Management on your server that has the Group Policy Management Role Installed
Once the Group Policy Management tool has opened expand your domain name and click "Group Policy Objects", then right click new
On the New GPO Window, give this a name e.g. “Impero back:drop” and click OK, this will then appear in the "Group Policy Object" location
Once the Group Policy Object has been created, we now need to setup the actions it will perform, to do this locate the newly created policy and right click edit, this will open a new window
Within the "Group Policy Management Editor" expand “Computer Configuration” > “Policies” > "Software Settings" > "Software Settings" > "Software Installation" right click in the empty field, click "New" > "Package", this will then open a new window to select your MSI Package to deploy from the shared repository
Within the "Open" window you will now need to select the “Impero back:drop” installer.msi file from your shared location (UNC Path !!) and click Open, then a window may appear that explains that it has to be in a shared network location confirm and click "Yes", this will then open a new for the deployment method
On the "Deploy Software" window select the option "Assigned" if not already selected and click "OK". The Installer is now ready
Expand “Windows Settings” > “Security Settings” > “Local Policies” > “User Rights Assignments”
Open “Create a token object”, click “Add User or Groups”, Click “Browse”, Add group “Domain Users”, Press “Ok” until you reach the “Create a token object” window, Press “Apply” – Close the window
Open “Replace a process level token”, click “Add User or Groups”, Click “Browse”, Add group “Domain Users”, Press “Ok” until you reach the “Create a token object” window, Press “Apply” – Close the window
Close the Group Policy Management Editor
In Active Directory, you may already have Organizational Units (OU’s for short) set up, you’ll need one for your machines which you want to install “Impero back:drop” on to
In Group Policy, right-click on the OU you want to use, click “Link an Existing GPO…”
From the list, choose the GPO you create which has the installer, click “OK”
Now when a machine restarts or has the Group Policy checked, they will now get Impero back:drop installed. To verify that this is working, log on to a machine which has had the msi installed and run in a Command Prompt: gpupdate /force /boot. The machine will restart and upon logging in again, you should be presented with the school enrollment form
Set the school code
Create a new GPO (Group Policy Object), name it something like: “Impero back:drop School code”
Right-click on the new GPO, click edit, go to: “Computer Configuration” > “Preferences” > “Windows Settings” > “Registry”
Right-click > New > Registry Item
- Ensure the window is filled out as followed:
- Action: Create
- Hive: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
- Key Path: SOFTWARE\Impero\School
- Value Name: SchoolCode
- Value type: Reg_SZ
- Value Data: YourSchoolCode
Press “Apply”, then “OK”
Right-click on your OU (Organisational Unit) you want to link it to, click “Link an Existing GPO…”
Choose your GPO
Select your OU, and ensure that the Link Order is as followed: Regkey > Installer
Install default browser Extensions (Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge)
Select the options that match your default browser. only one browser can be monitored at a time.
Download the Google Administrative Templates from here: https://dl.google.com/dl/edgedl/chrome/policy/policy_templates.zip
Download the Edge Administrative Templates from here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download
You will need to fill out the required fields and click the "GET POLICY FILES" button
Open Group Policy Management
Create a new GPO for the policy (or add to an existing policy)
Right-click your GPO, and select “Edit”
You will then see the “Group policy management Editor” window
Expand the Computer/User configuration tree on the left-hand side, depending on how you wish to configure your policy
Right-click on “Administrative templates” and select “Add/Remove Templates”
Click on “Add”
Browse to the templates you downloaded earlier, and open the “chrome.adm” template that is relevant to your operating system and Language.
Browse to the templates you downloaded in step 2 and open the “msedge.adm” template that is relevant to your operating system and Language.
Once uploaded, expand to the following path (may vary depending on your OS) on the left of the Group policy management editor:
“Computer/User configuration > Policies > Administrative templates > Classic administrative templates > Google > Google Chrome > Extensions”
“Computer/User configuration > Policies > Administrative templates > Classic administrative templates > Microsoft Edge > Extensions > ”
On the right-hand side, select “Configure the list of force-installed extensions” for Chrome
On the right-hand side, select “Control which extensions are installed silently” for Edge
Right-click, and select “Edit”
Mark the “Enabled” button
Click the “Show…” button
Under the “Value” column, enter the following:
(Please make sure you have no blank spaces in the Value Box Below)
Create a scheduled task under “Computer Configuration>Preferences>Control Panel Settings>Scheduled Tasks>New>Scheduled Task (At least Windows 7)
Give the task a name, in the example below “backdrop”. Run as “BUILTIN/Users”, select “Run with highest privileges” and configure for “Windows 7, Windows Server 2008R2” from the drop-down menu.
Set an at logon trigger for any user.
Add an action to “Start a program” and run from the following location “C:\Impero\Install.bat”
Click Ok and Save