Microsoft Edge on Server 2019/2016 (and Citrix)

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Problem

In a fit of lunacy Microsoft have called ‘their’ new browser Microsoft Edge, so we can spend the next few months confusing it with Edge. Plus every Google search for GPO settings, error messages etc will all now show search results for the old Edge Browser not the new Microsoft Edge browser! Perhaps the same doofus at Microsoft who called the Exchange sync Active Sync when Microsoft already had a product called Active Sync was involved?

Anyway I got a request from a client this week to have Microsoft Edge on their Citrix environment, there was some confusion (imagine that), because Edge does not work on server 2016, (and it’s not shipped as part of server 2016), but would Microsoft Edge work?

Microsoft Edge on Server 2019/2016

The first test was, ‘would it run on Server 2016’, it detected the OS as Windows 10 (unsurprisingly), and installed fine;

How To run Edge on Server 2016

Microsoft Edge on Remote Desktop Services

Well Citrix is really just Remote Desktop Services in a leather jacket, so the next test was,’ would it work in RDS?’ I span up an RDS farm on the bench, and was pleased to see I could select Microsoft Edge as a RemoteApp, (not that I needed to deploy it using RemoteApp, but it being detected was promising).

RemoteApp Microsoft Edge

And in an RDS session it worked faultlessly.

RDS Server Microsoft Edge

Deploy Microsoft Edge on Citrix (Server 2016)

Here’s where we had a problem, it installed fine, but every time I went to open it, all I got was a ‘white screen’ for about 5 minutes, after this it burst into life, which I couldn’t really ask the client to put up with!

Microsoft Edge on Citrix White Screen

As this was happening when I launched the browser I ‘wrongly’ assumed it was a ‘first run‘ problem (for the uninitiated, previous Microsoft browsers got an annoying ‘how do you want to set the browser up’ routine, then finally dumped you on the MSN webpage, (does anyone actually use the MSN webpage?) While it didn’t cure my problem it’s worth mentioning how I stopped the first run dialog happening);

Controlling Microsoft Edge with Group Policies

If you are used to importing ADMX and ADML files then this will be a breeze to you. If you are really interested I cover the subject in great deal in the following post;

Setup up a Central ‘PolicyDefinitions’ Store (for ADMX files)

Essentially download the latest msedge.adml and msedgeupdate.adml files and (on a Domain controller,) copy them to;

C:\Windows\SYSVOL\{domain-name}\Policies\PolicyDefinitions\en-US

RDS Server Microsoft Edge

Note: Other Input locales are available, my servers are using English (US).

Then copy the msedge.admx and msedgeupdates.admx files to;

C:\Windows\SYSVOL\{domain-name}\Policies\PolicyDefinitions

RDS Server Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge Stop ‘First Run’ With Group Policy

The two policies I used are both located at;

Computer configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge: Stop Importing of Bookmarks/Favourites

Locate: ‘Automatically import another browser’s data and settings at first run‘ > Enable the policy, and select ‘Disable automatic import and the import section of the first run experience is skipped‘ > Apply > OK.

Group Policy Microsoft Edge GPO Import

Microsoft Edge: First Run

This will disable the entire first run dialog;

Locate: ‘Hide the First-run experience and splash screen‘ > Enable the policy > Apply > OK.

Group Policy Microsoft Edge Stop First Run

Then either wait or force a policy refresh.

Deploy Microsoft Edge on Citrix

As it was working in RDS and not working on Citrix, then the problem was probably Citrix*. Citrix is one of my weaker subjects, so credit for the actual fix should go to my colleague (Dan Brookes). 

*After I had discounted existing group policies, and other installed applications.

Running Microsoft Edge while it was ‘hanging’ and looking at what was going on in ‘Process Monitor’ showed a lot of hook64.dll entries;

Microsoft Edge on Citrix dll Hook

This pointed to the culprit, open the registry Editor (regedit) and navigate to;

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > System > CurrentControlSet > Services > CtxUvi

Locate the UviProcesExcludes REG_SZ value, edit it and add ‘msedge.exe;‘ to the end.

Reg Fix Microsoft Edge on Citrix

Theres probably one service you can restart, but I simply rebooted the server, (problem solved).

FSLogix and Microsoft Edge

If you are running FSLogix you should also add an ‘exclusion’ to the Redirections.xml file, (located in your \\{domain-name}\NETLOGON folder).

<Exclude>AppData\Local\Microsoft\Edge Dev\User Data\Default\Cache</Exclude>

Microsoft Edge and FSLogix

 

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