Increased business use of browser-based applications creates challenges. Different web applications may require a certain web browser to run correctly. As a result, organizations provide users with access to multiple browsers to enable compatibility. For example, some web-based applications may be optimized for Google Chrome, but an older business web-based application may require Internet Explorer.
The Browser Redirection feature can help organizations overcome these challenges by allowing administrators to define policies to ensure certain URLs are always launched in the required browser. When a user then selects a URL link or enters a URL to the browser address bar, Browser Redirector intercepts the request and opens the browser required according to the rules defined.
•When enabled, the Browser Redirector feature allows requests from websites to be intercepted and redirects them to the web browser based required according to defined policies. In addition, the Browser Redirector feature can be set as the default browser for each user. It will intercept http and https URL requests and redirect them as required.
•Browser Redirector runs in each user session and acts as a proxy, directing web requests on a per request basis. The required browser is launched according to the configured policy set - either Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge (Legacy) or Microsoft Edge (Chromium).
•Where a request does not match a defined rule, the specified Default browser is used. Optionally, users can specify their own default browser and the Browser Redirector feature will honour the preference stated.
•When a user enters a URL into a browser the Browser Redirector extensions intercept the request and again acts as a proxy, directing web requests on a per-request basis. When a matching rule is found, where required, the current browsing tab is closed and the request is launched in the alternative web browser.
For example, Browser Redirector could be configured to open a company intranet URL in Internet Explorer. A user then attempts to navigatesto https://intranet in Google Chrome. In this scenario, the user’s current browsing tab in Chrome is closed and the URL is loaded in a new instance/tab using Internet Explorer.
The Browser Redirector feature requires the following extensions to be installed:
Internet Explorer Browser Helper Object (BHO) is installed automatically when the Browser Redirector component is enabled. It is responsible for intercepting URL requests inside the Internet Explorer browser.
The Google Chrome extension needs to be installed for each user and is available from the Google Chrome store. It can be installed for users by configuring the appropriate Chrome browser policies. See also Configure Chrome extensions.
The Mozilla Firefox extension needs to be installed for each user and is available from the Firefox store. It can be installed for users by configuring the appropriate Firefox browser policies. See also Configure Firefox extensions.
Microsoft Edge (Legacy)
Microsoft Edge (Legacy) requires the MSIX bundle to be installed and this includes an extension for Microsoft Edge (Legacy). The bundle is installed automatically when the Enable Edge UWP Application policy is enabled. See also Configure Edge extensions.
Microsoft Edge (Chromium)
The Microsoft Edge (Chromium) extension needs to be installed for each user and is available from the Microsoft Edge store. It can be installed for users by configuring the appropriate Microsoft Edge (Chromium) browser policies. See also Configure Edge (Chromium) extensions.
Note that not all extensions are included as part of the Browser Redirector installation.