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Windows 10 Folder Redirection Policy Microsoft Edge

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  • We back up and "roam" IE 11 Favorites to each PC the users log into using a folder redirection policies.

    How can group policy be used to automatically back up Microsoft Edge favorites so it moves from PC to PC without resorting to roaming profiles?

    Thursday, October 01, 2015 4:13 AM

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  • Hi MyGposts,

    Thanks for your post.

    >>How can group policy be used to automatically back up Microsoft Edge favorites so it moves from PC to PC without resorting to roaming profiles?

    I'm not sure there's such build-in group policy that could be used to automatically back up Microsoft Edge favorites.

    From my personal view, if this could achieve, your DC is always busy backing up Microsoft Edge favorites when changing to another PC. And if your domain has an amount of accounts, the task may lead to the traffic problem of the DC.

    If I have misunderstood your concern please let me know.

    Best Regards,

    Mary Dong


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    Friday, October 02, 2015 3:09 AM
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  • So, users just lose their Favorites if the local disk crashes?

    There needs to be a way to redirect these Favorites to a network share so they are backed up automatically and will follow the user from PC to PC just the same as Folder Redirection for IE Favorites, Documents, Desktop, Pictures etc..

    Why would Microsoft Edge Favorites create more traffic than IE Favorites?

    Will Microsoft Edge Favorites sync to the IE Favorites folder? 


    If there is no way to centrally manage Microsoft Edge Favorites backups, we will need to disable user's access to Microsoft Edge because user's lost Favorites will be a tech support nightmare.


    Friday, October 02, 2015 3:18 AM
  • If Microsoft wants Microsoft Edge to be adopted at the Corporate level they have to provide the ability for users to roam their favourites on a network share like with Internet Explorer.

    Users can use hundreds of machines in scenarios like health care or government or business. They cannot go backwards to the days of Windows NT when Favorites cannot be redirected.

    We manage an enterprise environment and I need ALL the settings we have for Internet Explorer to apply to Microsoft Edge otherwise we will not be able to use Edge. Users have redirected desktops, favorites, and documents and the machine has to store NO local data because they have to be able to be re-imaged without backup.


    lforbes

    • Proposed as answer by Bigun140 Thursday, January 26, 2017 9:26 PM
    Saturday, October 24, 2015 7:00 PM
  • Totally agree. This is a major step backward.

    Microsoft, can you please address this issue?


    Ian

    Wednesday, February 03, 2016 3:38 PM
  • Sorry, but this response is seriously lacking.

    There is a real world need for redirected Favorites. That is why the Group Policy exists for Internet Explorer.

    There can be no reasonable explanation for moving the Favorites folder to such an obscure location. You are just making it more difficult for IT people to manage their environment.


    Ian

    Wednesday, February 03, 2016 3:40 PM
  • We have gone to LTSB as the default Windows 10 version for now, so we are just not dealing with Edge on most systems anymore.

    However, one ugly workaround for managing bookmarks is to make a policy that says keep all your Favorites in IE11.  If users want bookmarks in other browsers, they can import the settings from IE11 into the other browsers. 

    This will bring in all the current Favorites, but it doesn't work well for adding new Favorites after the initial import. 

    Maybe another ugly kludge would be running periodic USMT scanstate scripts to back up Edge settings location.

    It seems that Microsoft wants everyone including users logged into domain-joined enterprise workstations to log in with Microsoft accounts and store their Edge bookmarks in the public cloud.  

    These types of experiences with Edge as well as other things such as having Candy Crush installed and pinned the Start by default even on Enterprise versions of Windows 10 are frustrating and embarrassing.

    Thursday, February 04, 2016 3:28 AM