Cloud Site List Management for Internet Explorer (IE) mode

This article explains how to configure and use Cloud Site List Management for Internet Explorer (IE) mode through the Microsoft 365 Admin Center.

Overview

As you transition your workflows and applications from IE11 to IE mode, Cloud Site List Management lets you manage your site lists for IE mode in the cloud. You can work with site lists using the Microsoft Edge Site Lists experience in the Microsoft 365 Admin Center.

To learn more, watch the next video.

New Cloud Site List Management for IE mode.

Note

This experience is currently getting rolled out to all users and is expected to finish by mid-December.

This experience lets you store your organization’s site list in a compliant cloud location instead of needing an on-premises infrastructure to host your site list. You can create, import, export site lists, and audit changes to site list entries through the Microsoft 365 Admin Center. You can publish multiple site lists to the cloud and use group policy to assign different groups of devices to use different lists.

Prerequisites

The following prerequisites apply to this feature.

  1. Customers must have an Azure AD tenant.
  2. Admins must have Microsoft Edge version 93 or greater installed and the latest version of the policy files.
  3. Admins need to be an Edge Administrator or a Global Administrator on the tenant to access the Microsoft Edge site lists experience.

Cloud Site List Management experience

There are three aspects to the experience.

Publish enterprise site list to the cloud

Admins can publish one or more site lists to an authenticated endpoint that Microsoft Edge clients within their tenant can download for the IE mode experience. Admins can import the existing enterprise site list XML into the Microsoft Edge Site Lists experience in the Microsoft 365 Admin Center and then publish it to the cloud location.

Associate the cloud-hosted site list with Microsoft Edge

With Microsoft Edge version 93, admins can use the InternetExplorerIntegrationCloudSiteList setting to configure one of the cloud-hosted site lists that Microsoft Edge can consume for IE mode. Users must be signed in to Microsoft Edge for the client to consume the site list from the cloud.

Important

When this policy is configured, it overrides the original InternetExplorerIntegrationSiteList policy.

Manage site list contents on the Microsoft 365 Admin Center

Admins can create a new list or import an existing site list into the Microsoft Edge site lists experience. They can add, edit, delete site list contents, and view comment history to track changes to individual entries. The next section explains how to opt in to public preview and access the Microsoft Edge site lists experience in the Microsoft 365 Admin Center.

Publish enterprise site list to the cloud

Use the following steps as a guide to create a site list, import a site list, and publish a site list. Before you can complete these steps, sign in the Microsoft 365 admin center.

  1. Sign in to the Microsoft 365 admin center with your admin credentials.

  2. On the left navigation pane, select Settings > Org settings.

  3. You'll see the Microsoft Edge site lists option.

    Note

    If you don't see this option on the Org settings page while we are rolling out to all production instances, you'll need to opt in to Targeted release. If you don't see the Microsoft Edge site lists option, see this FAQ: I do not see the "Microsoft Edge site lists" option in the "Org settings" page on Microsoft 365 Admin Center. Why is that?.

Steps to create a site list

  1. On the Org settings page, select Microsoft Edge site lists
  2. On the resulting page, select Create a new list.
  3. Enter a Site list name and a Description, and then select Create.
  4. After you get confirmation,select Close panel.

Steps to import a site list

  1. Select the site list you want to populate.
  2. On the resulting page, select Import list.
  3. On the right-hand panel, select Browse.
  4. Select the file you want to import and then select Upload on the bottom of the panel.
  5. You can skim through the URLs in the uploaded file. If you want to pick a different file, you can select Upload a different file at the top of the panel. If everything looks correct, select Add at the bottom of the panel.
  6. After your list is imported, select Close panel.

Steps to publish a site list

  1. To publish a site list, go back up a level to the Microsoft Edge site lists page. Select the breadcrumb above the site list name to go up a level.
  2. On the Microsoft Edge site lists page, select the site list you want to publish to the cloud, and then select Publish site list.
  3. On the right-hand panel, update the Version number and select Publish the bottom of the panel.
  4. After confirmation, select Close panel.
  5. The Published status column, Last published, and Last published by are all updated.

Associate the cloud-hosted site list with Microsoft Edge

Use the following steps to associate the cloud-hosted site list with Microsoft Edge.

  1. To configure devices to use a published site list, select the site list you want to assign to devices.
  2. On the resulting page, copy the Site list ID.
  3. For the device group you pick, select Enabled and enter the Site list ID in the Configure the Enterprise Mode Cloud Site List policy.
  4. You can run gpupdate/force from the Command Prompt to update the device with the policy or wait for the group policy to take effect. After the policy is updated, you can verify that Microsoft Edge is reading the cloud site list by going to edge://compat/enterprise. You need to be signed into Microsoft Edge.

Note

After publishing a site list the first time and updating group policy, you need to restart Microsoft Edge. Wait 60 seconds or select the Force Update button on edge://compat/enterprise. When publishing updates to an already associated site list, there may be an older version of the site list in the cache. This entry will be refreshed after 60 seconds. For more information, see What happens if users log out of Microsoft Edge?.

Manage site list contents on the Microsoft 365 Admin Center

You can add individual site entries, delete site entries and view change history for comments. If you have hybrid scenarios that require your site list to be hosted on-premises, you can export your site list from the Microsoft 365 Admin Center. Use the following steps as a guide for managing site list content.

Add individual sites to the site list

You can add individual sites to any site list. After adding sites to the list, you can use the predefined filters using the Filter button (next to the Search input area) to view updates to the list.

  1. Go to the site list where you want to add a site.

  2. Select Add a site.

  3. Enter the site address and pick the engine that should be used to open the site. Add comments as needed and select Save.

    Note

    The Status column for any entries added to a Published site list will show Addition pending. If you navigate to the list of site lists by selecting Microsoft Edge site lists at the top of the screen, you'll see that the Published Status column shows Changes pending publish to indicate that latest updates to the site list need to be published in order for users to receive them. You can use the Filter button (next to the Search box) to select Addition pending to see all added entries that are pending publication.

View the change history for site entries

To view the change history for site entries:

  • Select the site entry that you want to see the change history for, and then select View comments.

Delete a site from the site list

Use the following steps to delete a site entry.

  1. Pick the site list entry that you’d like to delete a site from. Select Delete site.

  2. Select Delete at the bottom of the pane.

  3. After you see confirmation that a site entry has been deleted, it will stay on the list until the site list is published to the cloud location. You can view the list of deleted sites before publishing by selecting the Filter button and filtering for sites in the Delete pending state.

    Note

    The Status column for any entries deleted from a Published site list will show Delete pending. If you navigate to the list of site lists by selecting Microsoft Edge site lists at the top of the screen, you'll see that the Published Status column shows Changes pending publish to indicate that latest updates to the site list need to be published in order for users to receive them.You can use the Filter button (next to the Search box) to select Delete pending to see all deleted entries that are pending publication.

Copy a site to other site lists

Use the following steps to copy a site entry from a site list to one or more site lists.

  1. Pick a site entry that you'd like to copy to another list. Select Copy to more lists.

  2. Select one or more site lists you'd like to copy to from the dropdown list.

  3. Select Copy site at the bottom of the pane.

  4. After you see confirmation that a site entry has been copied, it will stay on the site list you copied it from. It will also appear on the site list(s) you copied it to.

    Note

    The Status column for any entries copied to a Published site list will show Addition pending. If you navigate to the list of site lists by selecting Microsoft Edge site lists at the top of the screen, you'll see that the Published Status column shows Changes pending publish to indicate that latest updates to the site list need to be published in order for users to receive them. You can use the Filter button (next to the Search box) to select Addition pending to see all added entries that are pending publication.

Export a site list

There are scenarios where you want to export a site list. For example, if you're unable to move your site list to the cloud right away or if you need to maintain a hybrid environment with site lists in the cloud and on-premises. You can use the Cloud Site List Management experience to manage updates to a site list in a central location and export the site list to the on-premises host.

  1. On the Microsoft Edge site lists page, select the site list that you want to export.
  2. On the resulting page, you’ll see the site list entries and the Export list option.
  3. Select Export list to download the site list XML file.

FAQ

I do not see the "Microsoft Edge site lists" option in the "Org settings" page on Microsoft 365 Admin Center. Why is that?

The experience will be available when rollout completes by mid-December. While the experience is rolling out, you will need to opt in to view this experience in the Microsoft 365 Admin Center. You must be a global admin in Microsoft 365 to opt in.

You can use the following steps to opt in:

  1. Sign in to the Microsoft 365 Admin Center and then go to  Settings > Org settings. Under the Organization profile tab, choose Release preferences.
  2. To disable targeted release, select Standard release, then select Save changes.
  3. To enable targeted release for all users in your organization, select Targeted release for everyone, then select Save changes.
  4. To enable targeted release for some people in your organization, select Targeted release for selected users, then select Save changes.
  5. Choose Select users to add users one at a time, or Upload users to add them in bulk.
  6. When you finish adding users, select Save changes.

For more information, see Set up the Standard or Targeted release options - Microsoft 365 admin

When I select "Microsoft Edge site lists" and try to create a new list, I get this error - "Request failed with status code 500". Why is that?

Microsoft Edge Site Lists stores its data and configuration in a service infrastructure that’s shared with enterprise cloud services such as Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Teams, and Azure Active Directory. In rare cases, when Microsoft Edge site lists is the first feature to use this infrastructure, provisioning might take some time. In these cases, the initial request from the Microsoft 365 Admin Center will fail. When the request fails, an alert is sent to the provisioning system to address the problem. Typically provisioning completes in three days. Therefore, if you get this error, try again in a few days and create a new list. If you still can’t create a new list, or if you need urgent assistance, contact Microsoft Support.

Can users who haven’t signed in to Microsoft Edge download the site list?

No, users must sign in to the browser to download the cloud hosted site list. You can configure a policy to allow Implicit Sign in to prevent user experience disruption. For more information, see ImplicitSignInEnabled.

What is the default refresh interval after updates are made to site list contents?

The site list is refreshed in Microsoft Edge every two hours. You can change this interval in the InternetExplorerIntegrationSiteListRefreshInterval policy. The minimum refresh interval is 30 minutes.

What happens if users log out of Microsoft Edge?

Access to the site list requires explicit browser sign in for the first download. In a scenario where the user logs out after being logged in, the site list is cached in Microsoft Edge. The list will stay cached even if the user logs out of Microsoft Edge from their Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) account. Microsoft Edge will not try to fall back to the non-cloud download location while the Cloud site list policy is configured. Microsoft Edge attempts to update the cached site list at the following times (note that all attempts will fail if the user is not signed in to Microsoft Edge):

Support and Feedback

Support for Cloud Site List Management experience is covered by your existing Microsoft Premier Support contract. You can reach out to Microsoft Support to report issues or feedback. You can also leave feedback in our TechCommunity forum.

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