Microsoft Edge Management

Applies to: Configuration Manager (Current Branch)

The all-new Microsoft Edge is ready for business. Starting in Configuration Manager version 1910, you can now deploy Microsoft Edge, version 77 and later to your users. A PowerShell script is used to install the Edge build selected. The script also turns off automatic updates for Edge so they can be managed with Configuration Manager.

Deploy Microsoft Edge

Admins can pick the Beta, Dev, or Stable channel, along with a version of the Microsoft Edge client to deploy. Each release incorporates learnings and improvements from our customers and community.

Prerequisites for deploying

For clients targeted with a Microsoft Edge deployment:

  • PowerShell Execution Policy can't be set to Restricted.

    • PowerShell is executed to perform the installation.
  • The Microsoft Edge installer and CMPivot are signed with the Microsoft Code Signing certificate. If that certificate isn't listed in the Trusted Publishers store, you'll need to add it. Otherwise, the Microsoft Edge installer and CMPivot won’t run when the PowerShell execution policy is set to AllSigned.

The device running the Configuration Manager console needs access to the following endpoints for deploying Microsoft Edge:

Location Use
https://aka.ms/cmedgeapi Information about releases of Microsoft Edge
https://edgeupdates.microsoft.com/api/products?view=enterprise Information about releases of Microsoft Edge
http://dl.delivery.mp.microsoft.com Content for Microsoft Edge releases

Verify Microsoft Edge update policies

Configuration Manager version 1910

In version 1910, when Microsoft Edge is deployed, the installation script turns off automatic updates for Microsoft Edge so they can be managed with Configuration Manager. You can change this behavior using Group Policy. For more information, see Plan your deployment of Microsoft Edge and Microsoft Edge update policies.

Configuration Manager version 2002 and later

Starting in version 2002, you can create a Microsoft Edge application that's set up to receive automatic updates rather than having automatic updates disabled. This change allows you to choose to manage updates for Microsoft Edge with Configuration Manager or allow Microsoft Edge to automatically update. When creating the application, select Allow Microsoft Edge to automatically update the version of the client on the end user's device on the Microsoft Edge Settings page. If you previously used Group Policy to change this behavior, Group Policy will overwrite the setting made by Configuration Manager during installation of Microsoft Edge.

Microsoft Edge automatic update setting

Create a deployment

Create a Microsoft Edge application using the built-in application experience, which makes Microsoft Edge easier to manage:

  1. In the console, under Software Library, there's a new node called Microsoft Edge Management.

  2. Select Create Microsoft Edge Application from either the ribbon, or by right-clicking on the Microsoft Edge Management node.

    Microsoft Edge Management node right-click action

  3. On the Application Settings page of the wizard, specify a name, description, and location for the content for the app. Ensure the content location folder you specify is empty.

  4. On the Microsoft Edge Settings page, select:

    • The channel to deploy
    • The version to deploy
    • If you want to Allow Microsoft Edge to automatically update the version of the client on the end user's device (added in version 2002)
  5. On the Deployment page, decide if you want to deploy the application. If you select Yes, you can specify your deployment settings for the application. For more information about deployment settings, see Deploy applications.

  6. In Software Center on the client device, the user can see and install the application.

    Microsoft Edge Settings page in the deployment wizard

Log files for deployment

Location Log Use
Site server SMSProv.log Shows details if the creation of the app or deployment fails.
Varies PatchDownloader.log Shows details if the content download fails
Client AppEnforce.log Shows installation information

Update Microsoft Edge

Starting in Configuration Manager version 1910, you'll see a node called All Microsoft Edge updates under Microsoft Edge Management. This node helps you manage updates for all Microsoft Edge channels.

  1. To get updates for Microsoft Edge, ensure you have the Updates classification and the Microsoft Edge product selected for synchronization.

    Select Microsoft Edge as product in software update point properties

  2. In the Software Library workspace, expand Microsoft Edge Management and click on the All Microsoft Edge Updates node.

  3. If needed, click Synchronize Software Updates in the ribbon to start a synchronization. For more information, see Synchronize software updates.

    All Microsoft Edge updates node

  4. Manage and deploy Microsoft Edge updates like any other update, such as adding them to your automatic deployment rule. Some of the common updates tasks you can do from the All Microsoft Edge Updates node include:

Microsoft Edge Management dashboard

(Introduced in version 2002)

Starting in Configuration Manager 2002, the Microsoft Edge Management dashboard provides you insights on the usage of Microsoft Edge and other browsers. In this dashboard, you can:

  • See how many of your devices have Microsoft Edge installed
  • See how many clients have different versions of Microsoft Edge installed.
    • This chart doesn't include Canary Channel.
  • Have a view of the installed browsers across devices
  • Have a view of preferred browser by device
    • Currently for the 2002 release, this chart will be empty.

Prerequisites for the dashboard

Enable the following properties in the below hardware inventory classes for the Microsoft Edge Management dashboard:

  • Installed Software - Asset Intelligence (SMS_InstalledSoftware)

    • Software Code
    • Product Name
    • Product Version
  • Default Browser (SMS_DefaultBrowser)

    • Browser Program ID
  • Browser Usage (SMS_BrowserUsage)

    • BrowserName
    • UsagePercentage

View the dashboard

From the Software Library workspace, click Microsoft Edge Management to see the dashboard. Change the collection for the graph data by clicking Browse and choosing another collection. By default your five largest collections are in the drop-down list. When you select a collection that isn't in the list, the newly selected collection takes the bottom spot on your drop-down list.

Microsoft Edge Management dashboard

Known issues

Hardware inventory may fail to process

Hardware inventory for devices might fail to process. Errors similar to the one below may be seen in the Dataldr.log file:

Begin transaction: Machine=<machine>
*** [23000][2627][Microsoft][SQL Server Native Client 11.0][SQL Server]Violation of PRIMARY KEY constraint 'BROWSER_USAGE_HIST_PK'. Cannot insert duplicate key in object 'dbo.BROWSER_USAGE_HIST'. The duplicate key value is (XXXX, Y). : dbo.dBROWSER_USAGE_DATA
ERROR - SQL Error in
ERROR - is NOT retyrable.
Rollback transaction: XXXX

Mitigation: To work around this issue, disable the collection of the Browser Usage (SMS_BrowerUsage) hardware inventory class.

Next steps

Monitor applications

Monitor software updates

Manage and monitor phased deployments