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04: Using File Association Manager in the PolicyPak Cloud environment

When you don't have a "Fake DC" to create file association policies on-prem to export to the cloud, PolicyPak's File Association Manager Helper utility can be used to create the desired associations on a sample workstation.

Hi, this is John at PolicyPak, and in this video, we’re going to take a look at setting up File Association Manager in the cloud. I have here my non-domain joined machine here, and we can see we have some common files. A PDF file that opens up in Edge. We have an mp4 file that opens up in the Windows audio/video player, and a mail link that opens up in standard Windows mail. We want to go ahead and change all of these. One of the problems is that File Association Manager by default in the cloud is only associated with Microsoft applications, so if we go ahead and create a New Policy – create a policy here and say we want to register PDFs to open up with Adobe Reader, you can see we don’t have the option here to do that. What we’re going to have to do is we’re going to have to go to a machine that has the application installed on it, run the free utility that we give you called File Association Manager Helper, and we’ll import this configuration. I will Cancel this.

Let’s start up that application. We want to Export registered applications, and we’re going to look for anything on this computer that opens up in PDF. There’ll be readers, the first one – and this can be any application, Chrome, AdobePRO if you had it. Click on Next. I like to include the icons in here because why not. We’ll call it adobe-pdf. Save and Finish. Okay, now we want to do the next one. Here we’re going to do the mp4 file. We’ll apply the filter to see what we have that can open it, and for this we want to use VLC media player. Browse, then we want to change the file name to vlc-mp4 and Finish. Here it’s created the xml for that particular file. Now we want to do one more. This time, we’re going to find a network protocol mailto. I don’t have Outlook installed on here, so what I’m going to do, I’m just going to choose something else. In this case, I’m just going to choose Google Chrome, so it’s going to open up in Google Chrome now. Click on Next, Browse, chrome-mailto.

Alright, so now we have all our associations. I can cancel out of this, and I can go back to my cloud interface. Let’s create a new policy again, File Association Manager, New Policy, and I’m going to go PDF to Adobe, look for PDFs. Again, doesn’t show up here because it’s not a Microsoft application. It’s a third-party app, so I’m going to import my adobe-pdf, click OK, and now I can see it’s here. It’s available for me to select, so I’m going to select that, just confirm everything’s alright, and then click OK. Now we’re going to Create a New Policy and import the mp4 to VLC. Type is mp4. Let’s find an application. We’ll Import vlc-mp4, OK, and there we go. Click OK. There we have it. Now we’ll do our final one, one more policy, Mailto to Chrome. This would normally be something like Outlook or some other mail application you have. I don’t have any installed in my demo environment, so I’m just going to use this to show that it’s actually making the change. This is a Network Protocol, so we have to make the change here. Mailto, and let’s find the applications, so we’ll import chrome-mailto, OK, successful. There we have it here, so we’re going to click OK. Then we have three policies.

Click OK to save these policy. Now we’re going to minimize this. We’re going to run cloudsync, and you’re going to see these applications change before your very eyes. There we go. Now we’ve got PDFs opening up now in Adobe Reader. We’ve got this little video opening up in VLC now. You can see the little pylon there. We’ve got our mailto link opening up in Chrome. It doesn’t actually do anything in Chrome, but the change was made. That’s it. Thank you very much for watching.

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