Enterprise Site Discovery Step-by-Step Guide

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This article provides a step-by-step guide to using Enterprise Site Discovery with Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager.

Tip

Unless your environment requires using the steps in this guide, we recommend that you use the Microsoft Edge deployment wizard and the script it generates to configure Enterprise Site Discovery.

Enterprise Site Discovery can help you configure your Enterprise Mode Site List. Enterprise Site Discovery will help you:

  • Discover which sites are using legacy document modes. Unless these sites are detecting modern browsers and providing different HTML, they probably need to use IE mode.
  • Discover which sites are using ActiveX controls. Microsoft Edge doesn't support ActiveX controls. Unless these sites are detecting modern browsers and providing different HTML, they probably need to use IE mode.

Note

This article applies to Microsoft Edge Stable, Beta and Dev Channels, version 77 or later.

Prerequisites

This guide assumes you're experienced with using Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager and have the following services and roles installed:

  • Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager
  • Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services
  • (Optional) Configuration Manager Reporting Services Point Role is configured

Download Enterprise Site Discovery Tools

Download the following tools:

Enable Enterprise Site Discovery

Before you can connect to Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) to retrieve site discovery data, you need to deploy the WMI class provider to the device that's collecting this data.

From the Enterprise Site Discovery Setup and Configuration Package, extract the contents to a folder in your definitive software library file share. Example: \\DSL\EnterpriseSiteDiscovery.

Next, create a package in Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager, as described in Packages and programs in Configuration Manager.

Configure the new package with the following settings:

  • On the Package page:

    • select Name and specify the name Enable Site Discovery
    • select This package contains source files
    • specify the source folder you extracted the files to (for example, \\DSL\EnterpriseSiteDiscovery)
  • On the Program Type page, choose Standard Program

  • On the Standard Program page, enter the following command to configure Site Discovery on the device:

    
      powershell.exe -ExecutionPolicy Bypass .\IETelemetrySetUp-Win8.ps1
    
    

    Note

    The script supports using command line switches for -ZoneAllowList and -SiteAllowList. For this step-by-step, we will configure these options via group policy.

  • On the Standard Program page:

    • select the option to run Hidden
    • under Program can run, select the option Whether or not a user is logged in

After creating the package, double-click on the package name Enable Site Discovery to view its properties. For the After running property, select Configuration manager restarts computer. WMI data collection will start after the devices reboot.

Note

You can configure the amount of time a user has to restart the device as described in the client settings documentation.

To confirm that data collection's working, visit a couple of websites and run the following PowerShell command to verify that data's being populated in the WMI namespace.


Get-WmiObject -Namespace “root/cimv2/IETelemetry” -Class IEURLInfo | Select-Object URL, NumberOfVisits, CrashCount, DocMode | Sort-Object

Configure Enterprise Site Discovery via Group Policy

With Enterprise Site Discovery enabled, you can configure what data you'll collect. Consider local laws and regulatory requirements as described in What data is collected?.

  1. Open the Group Policy Editor.
  2. Select Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Internet Explorer.
  3. Double-click Turn on Site Discovery WMI output.
  4. Select Enabled.
  5. Select OK or Apply to save this policy setting.

You can pick the zones where you want to collect site data:

  1. Double-click Limit Site Discovery output by Zone.

  2. Select Enabled.

  3. Set the Zone Mask to indicate which of the following zones to enable site discovery for.

    • Restricted Sites Zone
    • Internet Zone
    • Trusted Sites Zone
    • Local Intranet Zone
    • Local Machine Zone

    Note

    To configure zone(s) included in site discovery, a binary number is formed based on the selected zones. The decimal representation of this number is used to represent this number in policy.

    Examples: Zone Mask 2: 00010 will collect data for the Local Intranet zone only Zone Mask 6: 00110 will collect data for Intranet and Trusted site zones only

  4. Select OK or Apply to save this policy setting.

You can also limit the domains for which to collect site data:

  1. Double-click Limit Site Discovery output by domain.
  2. Select Enabled.
  3. Enter the domains you want to collect data for, one domain per line.
  4. Select OK or Apply to save this policy setting.

Collect Site Discovery data using Configuration Manager

Now that your devices are generating data, it's time to collect this data in Configuration Manager.

  1. In the Configuration Manager console, choose Administration > Client Settings > Default Client Settings.
  2. On the Home tab's Properties group, choose Properties.
  3. In the Default Client Settings dialog box, choose Hardware Inventory.
  4. In the Device Settings list, choose Set Classes.
  5. In the Hardware Inventory Classes dialog box, choose Add.
  6. In the Add Hardware Inventory Class dialog box, select Connect.
  7. In the Connect to Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) dialog box, enter the name of a computer where Enterprise Site Discovery is configured. If you're connecting to another computer, you'll need credentials with permission to access WMI.
  8. In the WMI Namespace text box, enter root\cimv2\IETelemetry.
  9. Choose Connect.
  10. In the Add Hardware Inventory Class dialog box, in the Inventory classes list, select the WMI classes IESystemINfo, IEUrlInfo, and IECountInfo.
  11. Select OK to close the Class qualifiers dialog and the other open dialogs.

After the client updates settings from the management point, data will be reported when the next hardware inventory runs (by default every seven days).

Import Site Discovery reports

The Enterprise Site Discovery package includes two sample reports. One report shows sites using ActiveX controls, and the report shows sites using legacy document modes.

Configure the Site Discovery sample report

Use the steps as a guide to create a sample report that uses three data sources. These data sources are: the sites a user visits, information about their system, and the document modes used by the sites. This report helps you identify sites that may depend on legacy document modes.

  1. Copy the report SCCM_Report-Site_Discovery.rdl to your Configuration Manager server.
  2. Install Microsoft Report Builder.
  3. Double-click SCCM_Report-Site_Discovery.rdl to open the report in Report Builder.
  4. The first time you try to open the report, it will try to contact the server where it was created. When prompted to Connect to Report Server, select No.
  5. After the report opens, expand Data Sources and double-click DataSource1.
  6. In the Data Source Properties window, select Use a connection embedded in my report and then select Build....

Note

Ensure that you select Microsoft SQL Server as the Data Source. Report Builder defaults to Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services as the data source.

  1. In the Connection Properties window, select Server Name and enter the name of the Configuration Manager server. Then, in Select or enter a database name select the name of the Configuration Manager database from the dropdown list.
  2. Select OK to close the Connection Properties window.
  3. Select Test Connection to test the connection. If the connection's successful, select OK to close the Data Source Properties window.
  4. Repeat Steps 5 through 9 for Data Source 2.
  5. Expand Datasets and double-click DataSet1.
  6. In the Dataset Properties window, click in the Query: textbox. Copy the query to Notepad and then find and replace CM_A1B with the database name you selected in Step 7. Paste the updated query into the Query: textbox.
  7. Repeat steps 11 through 12 for DataSet2, DataSet3, and DataSet4.
  8. In the Home tab of the ribbon, select the Run button to test the report.
  9. Save the report and close Microsoft Report Builder.
  10. Rename the report file to Site Discovery.rdl

Configure the ActiveX sample report

Use the following procedure to create a sample report that uses one data source: the sites that are using ActiveX controls. Because Internet Explorer is the only browser that supports ActiveX controls, these sites may require IE mode in Microsoft Edge.

  1. Copy the report SCCM Report Sample - ActiveX.rdl to your Configuration Manager server.
  2. Install Microsoft Report Builder.
  3. Double-click SCCM Report Sample - ActiveX.rdl to open the report in Report Builder.
  4. The first time you try to open the report, it will try to contact the server where it was created. When prompted to Connect to Report Server, select No.
  5. After the report opens, expand Data Sources and double-click AutoGen__5C6358F2_4BB6_4a1b_A16E_8D96795D8602_.
  6. In the Data Source Properties window, select Use a connection embedded in my report and then select Build....
  7. In the Connection Properties window, select Server Name and enter the name of the Configuration Manager server. Then, in Select or enter a database name select the name of the Configuration Manager database from the dropdown list.
  8. Select OK to close the Connection Properties window.
  9. Select Test Connection to test the connection. If the connection is successful, select OK to close the Data Source Properties window.
  10. Expand Datasets and double-click DataSet1.
  11. In the Dataset Properties window, click in the Query: textbox. Copy the query to Notepad and then find and replace CM_A1B with the database name you selected in Step 7. Paste the updated query into the Query: textbox.
  12. In the Home tab of the ribbon, select the Run button to test the report.
  13. Save the report.
  14. Close Microsoft Report Builder.
  15. Rename the file to ActiveX

Upload configured reports to Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services

After you've configured the reports for your environment, upload them to the reporting server.

  1. Launch the Reporting Services Configuration Manager application.
  2. In the Report Server Connection window, select Connect and then select the URL listed under Web Portal Site Identification
  3. In the browser window that opens, you should be on the SQL Server Reporting Services Page - select the ConfigMgr_SCCMSiteCode folder for your SCCM Site Code.
  4. In the ribbon, hover over +New and select the Folder menu item.
  5. Enter a folder name, such as Enterprise Site Discovery, and then select the Create button.
  6. Select the Enterprise Site Discovery folder.
  7. On the ribbon, select the Upload button.
  8. Select the Site Discovery report, and select OK.
  9. Repeat steps 7 and 8 for the ActiveX report.

View reports in Configuration Manager

Now that you've customized and uploaded the reports, you can view them in Configuration Manager.

  1. In the Configuration Manager console, choose Monitoring > Reporting > Reports > Enterprise Site Discovery
  2. Double-click on a report to view it.

Disable Enterprise Site Discovery

When you're finished collecting data, disable Enterprise Site Discovery. Create a second package to disable Enterprise Site Discovery in Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager, as described in the Packages and programs in Configuration Manager. Configure the following options:

  • On the Package page:

    • select Name and specify the name Disable Site Discovery.
    • select This package contains source files.
    • specify the source folder you extracted the files to (for example, \\DSL\EnterpriseSiteDiscovery).
  • On the Program Type page, choose Standard Program.

  • On the Standard Program page, enter the following command line to disable Site Discovery on the device:

    powershell.exe -ExecutionPolicy Bypass .\IETelemetrySetUp-Win8.ps1 -IEFeatureOff
    
    
  • On the Standard Program page:

    • select the run Hidden option.
    • under Program can run, select the option Whether or not a user is logged in.

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