This post targeted to see and learn about Setting Up MS Edge Homepage Using Intune. We will set up the MS Edge Homepage Using Intune. To enable this Policy, we will use the Configuration Profiles from Intune. Here first, we need to enable the specific policy, and then we need to give the URL of our choice, which we want to set as a Homepage.
The default home page URL is the page that opens when you click the Home button in Microsoft Edge. The pages that open when you start Edge are determined by the ‘RestoreOnStartup‘ policies. You have two options for configuring the home page. You can either specify a URL or choose to open the new tab page as the home page. If you select the latter, this policy does not take effect.
Enabling this policy prevents users from changing their home page URLs. However, they can still opt to use the new tab page as their home page. If you disable or do not configure this policy, users can freely choose their own home page unless the ‘HomepageIsNewTabPage‘ policy is enabled.
The “Configure the home page URL” policy is available on Windows instances that are joined to a Microsoft Active Directory domain or Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise instances enrolled for device management. This policy may not be accessible on other Windows versions or in different organizational settings.
This policy is only applicable to Windows instances joined to a Microsoft Active Directory domain or Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise instances enrolled for device management. By understanding and applying these policies, you can control the default home page behavior in Microsoft Edge and manage user preferences for a consistent browsing experience.
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Windows CSP Details HomePages
We will see Windows CSP Details for this Policy setting HomePages. To set a specific URL as the default home page, you can enable the “Configure the home page URL” policy. By enabling this policy, you can specify the URL that will be opened when users click on the Home button. Instead of setting a specific URL as the home page, you also have the option to set the home page to open the new tab page. If you choose this option, the policy for the home page URL doesn’t take effect.
CSP URI – ./Device/Vendor/MSFT/Policy/Config/Browser/HomePages
Setting Up MS Edge Homepage using Intune
To apply Setting Up MS Edge Homepage Using Intune, follow the steps stated below:
- Sign in to the Intune Admin Center portal https://intune.microsoft.com/.
- Select Devices > Windows > Configuration profiles > Create a profile.
In Create Profile, Select Windows 10 and later in Platform, and Select Profile Type as Settings catalog. Click on Create button.
|Windows 10 and later||Settings Catalog|
On the Basics tab pane, provide a name for the policy as “Setting Up MS Edge Homepage Policy.” Optionally, you can enter a description for the policy and then proceed by selecting “Next.
Now in Configuration settings, click Add Settings to browse or search the catalog for the settings you want to configure.
In the Settings Picker windows, search by the keyword Edge or Home Page, and you will see many categories. Among them, one is Microsoft Edge\Startup, home page and new tab page, select this.
Now here, we need to select two categories for this policy to work. When you select the option as stated above, again, you will see many options, one is Action to take on startup. After selecting your setting, scroll down a little bit.
When you scroll down a little bit, you will find another category, which is Configure the home page URL. After selecting your setting, click the cross mark in the right-hand corner.
Now, in the Administrative Templates, first set Action to take on startup as Enabled and then choose Open a list of URLs for Action to take on startup (Device). Now, set Configure the home page URL to Enabled, and after enabling it, you will get an option for entering the URL of your choice to set it, as shown below in the image. Here I am setting “http://howtomanagedevices.com” as a homepage.
Using Scope tags, you can assign a tag to filter the profile to specific IT groups. One can add scope tags (if required) and click Next to continue. Now in Assignments, in Included Groups, you need to click on Add Groups, choose Select Groups to include one or more groups, and click Next to continue.
In the Review + Create tab, you need to review your settings. After clicking on Create, your changes are saved, and the profile is assigned.
Upon successfully creating the “Setting Up MS Edge Homepage Policy,” a notification will appear in the top right-hand corner, confirming the action. You can also verify the policy’s existence by navigating to the Configuration Profiles list, where it will be prominently displayed.
Your groups will receive your profile settings when the devices check in with the Intune service. The Policy applies to the device.
Intune Report for Setting Up MS Edge Homepage
To track the assignment of the policy, you need to select the relevant policy from the Configuration Profiles list. By reviewing the device and user check-in status, you can determine if the policy has been successfully applied. If you require more detailed information, you can click on “View Report” to access additional insights.
Intune MDM Event Log
To verify the successful implementation of String or integer policies on Windows 10 or 11 devices through Intune, you can leverage event IDs 813 and 814. These event IDs provide valuable insights into the application status of the policy as well as the specific value assigned to the policy on those devices. In the case of this particular policy, the value is String and is linked to the event ID 814.
By analyzing these event IDs, you can gain a clear understanding of the policy’s application status and the corresponding value associated with it on the devices in question.
To confirm this, you can check the Event log path – Applications and Services Logs – Microsoft – Windows – Devicemanagement-Enterprise-Diagnostics-Provider – Admin.
MDM PolicyManager: Set policy string, Policy: (HomepageLocation), Area: (microsoft_edge~Policy~microsoft_edge~Startup), EnrollmentID requesting merge: (E874113F-6CF1-4718-8730-0553BDF7C4AC), Current User: (Device), String: (<enabled/><data id=”HomepageLocation” value=”http://howtomanagedevices.com/”), Enrollment Type: (0x6), Scope: (0x0).
By reviewing the above log entry in the Event Viewer, you will come across essential information, including the Area and Enrollment ID. These details play a significant role in identifying the corresponding registry path. To locate the specific information, please consult the table provided below:
The details presented in the table above for the Setting Up MS Edge Homepage Using Intune can be employed to access the registry settings that hold the group policy configurations on a specific computer. To accomplish this, you can execute “REGEDIT.exe” on the target computer and navigate to the precise registry path where these settings are stored.
When you navigate to the above path in the Registry Editor, you will find the registry key with the name HomepageLocation. Refer to the table and image below.
|Registry Name||Value||Data Id|
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