The Mattermost desktop app MSI installer and Group Policy (GPO) definitions are currently in Alpha testing, packaged in v4.3.0-rc0. This guide provides steps to test the installer and Group Policies using the test build available here.
- Desktop MSI Installer and Group Policy Installation Guides (Alpha)
- Guide for testing Desktop v4.3.0-rc0 locally
Using a newly created Windows VM or dedicated Windows computer – make sure to use a Windows version that supports
Edit group policyout of the box (i.e. Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise).
Navigate to the release page for version v4.3.0-rc0 and download the appropriate installer for your version of Windows (32bit vs. 64bit).
Download the source.zip file as well to extract group policy files.
Browse to the folder the above files were downloaded to and unzip the
desktop-4.3.0-rc0.zipfile in place.
Navigate to the unzipped
desktop-4.3.0-rc0\resources\windows\gpofolder and copy the contents.
Navigate to the
C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitionsfolder and paste the files copied in the last step.
mattermost.admxfile is in the
mattermost.admlfile is in the
\\FQDNDomain\sysvol\FQDNDomain\Policies\PolicyDefinitionscan be used instead of
\\FQDNDomain\sysvol\FQDNDomain\Policies\PolicyDefinitions\en-UScan be used instead of
Edit group policyapplication by clicking
gpeditinto the search field and clicking on the resulting
Edit group policysearch option.
Edit group policywindow, navigate to
Local Computer Policy\Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Mattermost. A list of the available policies can be found here. In this example, double click on
DefaultServerListto set one or more default servers that will appear on app launch.
In the resulting window for
DefaultServerList, click on
Enabledto turn the feature on and then click on the
Show…button in the
Options:section of the window to add default servers.
In the resulting window, add desired Mattermost servers using a memorable name (i.e. Community) and the web url of the Mattermost server (i.e. https://community.mattermost.com).
OKbutton twice and close the
Edit group policyapplication.
To verify the settings applied correctly, open up the
Registry Editorby clicking on the
Registry Editorin the search field and selecting the
Registry Editoroption in the search results.
Registry Editorwindow, navigate to
Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Mattermost\DefaultServerListand verify the servers you added using the
Edit group policyapp are listed.
Registry Editoronce verified.
Back in the folder the MSI installer was downloaded to, double click on the MSI installer to begin the Mattermost Desktop installation process.
Installation of the MSI requires admin permission, so accept the resulting request to allow the installer to make changes to your device.
Finishbutton when the installation is complete.
Launch the newly installed Mattermost app from the
Verify the app loads the first server defined in the
Edit group policyapp.