Using Windows 10 MS EDGE Enterprise Mode(EMIE) to open a site in IE11


In this blog, we will cover the steps taken to configure a site to open in IE using Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11 Enterprise Mode GPOs.

OBJECTIVE: To implement Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11 Group Policy using SiteList Manager rule to open a site url in IE11

REQUIREMENTS: Be familiar with Group Policies using GPEDIT.MSC or GPMC.MSC console.

APPLICABLE OS: Windows 10

SCENARIO: In this example, we will have www.bing.com to open in IE 11 instead of default MS Edge browser out of your Windows 10 client machine. We are publishing the site list xml file on  a web server, but this can also be retrieved using the file protocol, as long as the users have access to the location.

STEP 1:

If not already, download the Windows 10 Site list Manager tool and install it on your system. We will create the sitelist xml file with this tool to be used in the Group policy. To get familiar with the tool, see this article: KB2942883 Enterprise Mode Site List Manager tool is available for Windows - https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2942883

STEP 2:

Run the Site List Manager tool from your desktop and add www.bing.com with the following configuration:

Enterprise Mode Site List Manager tool

Enterprise Mode Site List Manager tool

Save the file as bing.xml or any name you like.

STEP 3

Copy the Sitelist to your Web server. In this case, I am dropping the file in the wwwroot folder:  C:\inetpub\wwwroot\bing.xml

Confirm you are able to load the bing.xml from your test machine. Example:

SITELIST XML FILE

STEP 4

Configure the following GPOs with the link to the site list xml file: http://axelrmsft/bing.xml

Computer Configuration/Windows Components/Internet Explorer/Use the Enterprise Mode IE website list

INTERNET EXPLORER EMIE GPO

Computer Configuration/Windows Components/Microsoft Edge/Configure the Enterprise Mode IE website list

Microsoft Edge EMIE GPO

STEP 5

Verify the GPO is taking effect by opening the registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\MicrosoftEdge\Main\EnterpriseMode

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\EnterpriseMode

both key should be pointing to the GPO defined URL, in this example should be the: http://axelrmsft/bing.xml

STEP 6:

Test the site: http://www.bing.com

The site should be redirected to IE11 and should load in EMIE 8 mode, which is identified with an EMIE icon next to the URL

Here is a screenshot:

MICROSOFT EDGE EMIE GPO WORKING

MICROSOFT EDGE EMIE GPO WORKING

TROUBLESHOOT

If you are not seeing the GPO take effect, here are a few tips you could use to make sure, everything is lined up correctly.

Open Regedit.exe and navigate to the following keys and confirmed it looks correctly, if it does not look right, delete it. A GPupdate /force or a restart of your machine should bring this back!

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\MicrosoftEdge\Main\EnterpriseMode
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\EnterpriseMode
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppContainer\Storage\microsoft.microsoftedge_8wekyb3d8bbwe\MicrosoftEdge\NeedIE

MS EDGE EMIE NeedIE Registry location

MS EDGE EMIE NeedIE Registry location

Make sure, there is NO IExplore.exe or MSEdge process running

Run the GPupdate /force or restart your machine and then test again.


 

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Comments (4)

  1. Germier Mela says:

    Hi
    we are trying to implement it, but we dont get it.
    Till step 5 is everything OK, besides the MicrosoftEd on the HKLU, i dont get this Folder/ Entry.
    the bing.com still opend on edge.

    best regards for the help.
    mela

    1. AxelRMSFT says:

      Make sure the process for MS EDGE and IE are closed. Clear your cache files and follow the steps in the Troubleshoot section and test again.

  2. Thomas says:

    Hi,
    is it possible to define wildcards for different host addresses/subdomains (e.g. "*.bing.com" instead of "www.bing.com") ?

    1. AxelRMSFT says:

      Wildcard still not allow in EMIE.

      REF: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/itpro/internet-explorer/ie11-deploy-guide/enterprise-mode-schema-version-2-guidance

      What not to include in your schema

      We recommend that you not add any of the following items to your schema because they can make your compatibility list behave in unexpected ways:
      • Don’t use protocols. For example, http://, https://, or custom protocols. They break parsing.
      • Don’t use wildcards.
      • Don’t use query strings, ampersands break parsing.

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