Edge in Windows Server 2016

By design Issue #9556604


illy M.
Oct 27, 2016
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As I see Edge is not supported on server 2016 as it is LTSB
Can it be used (with WebDriver) on Nano as it is a CBB version?
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        no edge on server 2016



        but i see ads in browser to try edge.  i can install firefox and chrome but not edge


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    • Microsoft Edge Team

      Changed Status to “By design”

    • Unfortunately not, Edge is not available on server 2016 at all.  If you want to use Edge you must use a Win 10 Desktop install of some kind.

      All the best,
      The MS Edge Team

    • If Firefox have LTSB version, I believe that Microsoft can manage to make an Edge LTSB version as well…

    • I agree with illy M.

      You really need to push Edge every bit you can. It’s mind-boggling why on a Microsoft product, the latest browser is not available even as an option. There’s absolutely zero ways to get it on a Windows Server 2016 machine. Absurd.

    • I agree! Just noticed myself, as we need to be able to test Edge with an inhouse application, and we need to back-date the system. So, really a RDS server was the only option. Not being able to have EDGE… seriously… words cannot express…

    • Microsoft just announced that Edge browser is coming to iOS and Android, but it’s not yet available on Windows Server. What kind of logic is that?
      If Edge runs on Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 shares the Core with Windows 10, Edge browser should be available there as well, it’s really no rocket science.

    • EMET is EOL as of July 2018 because Microsoft feels the EDGE browser removes the need. EDGE browser isn’t supported/won’t run on Windows Server 2016. What is the appropriate solution for Citrix-type shared desktop solutions? As far as I can tell, there is none.

    • This is really pity.
      Microsoft has with Windows 10 the vision of continue your work on any device, but missing Edge on Windows Server 2016 - even not offering a CBB Version where this could be possible is very bad.

    • So disappointed… I love using my Edge browser and now I have to resort to the competition with Firefox or Chrome. Now my Favourites won’t carry over and it makes it a pain to recreate separate links to resources at each server. Microsoft stop being a follower and be a leader again! If you fall behind you have to push to lead again. I know you’ll find a way to bring Edge to Server 2016… just hope you are listening.

    • So how should Edge be presented through remote desktop services?

    • Edge is not available on the server because the server OS does not have the components it needs. Primarily no UWP support.

      ‘Edge’ is on iOS & Android because it uses the platform’s WebView controls, which means it uses the default browser engine on those platforms. It is just a wrapper around the web view to help sync favorites, reading list etc.

      I hope this helps everyone out. I know there are times you need to download something while remoting into a server, but you should really think about that first from a security perspective, just sayin…

    • That is great and all, Chris, but what are you supposed to do when it is a remote desktop session host and the executives are demanding that you deliver the same applications that the users have on the desktop?

    • I would explain server operating systems are not designed to be workstations :) Do they demand the same apps on their car dashboard OS? Would they run a server OS on a POS or ATM? Would they use a server OS on their TV? Would you try to do your day to day work on a TV or car dashboard OS?

      Understand intended use context.

    • I will re-ask - with EMET going EOL, what is the solution in a multi-user/Citrix/RDS scenario? Apparently, it is to move to Chrome.

    • Chris L.: the thing is IE is available on Windows Server and this is a dead browser that will surely one day disappear from Windows Server. What happens then? And how much longer do Windows Server users need to rely on a dead browser?

    • Chris L. Your assumption that there is “no UWP support.” is wrong.
      Windows Server 2016 have a fully working UWP Framework, it’s just don’t have the the Microsoft Store and other Apps preinstalled.

    • Chris, I think you need to research the remote desktop session host feature in Windows server 2016. Servers are intended to be used as desktop hosts. There’s no need to go on irrelevant tangents about car computers. And as pointed out, you’re also incorrect about uwp support on Windows server.

    • Jordon,

      Sorry you believe that.
      UWP is not available on Windows Server.

      My analogies are to make a point you should use an OS designed for the use case. Servers, in general do not include a UI. You typically remotely manage them through an 'API’. In the old days it was telnet, etc. You know, command line fun!

      Also realize the server world is quickly changing to containers and serverless, which have no UI. Do you see where I am going?

      So using your logic I should use WIndows 10 as a server and WIndows Server as my desktop OS I guess :)

    • Chris L. You misleadingly named the link “UWP is not available on Windows Server.” but if you click on it and read its content you will see that it depict exactly what I wrote above so let me repeat it:
      “Windows Server 2016 have a fully working UWP Framework, it’s just don’t have the the Microsoft Store and other Apps preinstalled.”

      Regarding your no UI comment, we are not talking about adding Edge to Windows Server Core installation but to a “Desktop Experience” installation

    • I think that we are all victims of MSFT’s marketing strategy … complain all you want,
      but in the end, MSFT will add it to SV2016 when they are **** good and ready.

    • Now - MS released Windows Admin Center ( which supports ONLY Edge, Chrome and FF) when we use Management server (RD Host) for managing servers we need install Chrome or FF to server.

    • Why are we using an outdated browser that is not even secure on a server?! I bet they’ll put it on Windows Server 2019!

    • Hi All - are there any news on this issue? WE are using AWS Workspaces for our VDI solution and this EDGE issue is really a road blocker for future development. Has anyone any insight of what Microsoft is doing ?

    • Also note that sites like GitHub are dropping support for IE as of July 2018. So VDI users, Citrix users, etc - they are being forced to move to non-MS browsers.

    • By design? This is crazy. A browser is a basic fundamental need. And IE just isn’t usable in the enhanced security mode. Edge, by contrast, is fully sandboxed. This strategy makes no sense when you are struggling for adoption. Sysadmins will just push out chrome or firefox and are less likely to ever give Edge a try. If you could make that group fans, you increase likelihood of corporate adoption.

    • Microsoft Edge Team

      Changed Steps to Reproduce

    • Almost all .NET Web developers use Windows Server 2016 VMs for development. And they need a good browser to work against. So guess what’s the 1st thing they do after they setup a Windows Server 2016 VM? They install Chrome because IE just doesn’t cut it and Edge is missing. I hope MS gets the message!!!

    • We are a SPLA provider and some of our citrix/rds customer need the Edge Browser. But VDI (Windows 10) is forbidden by license terms and Windows Server 2016 don’t support Edge. No solution microsoft?

    • Agreed, this situation is ridiculous. Even in non RDSH environments, not being able to use Edge and other modern apps on Windows Server 2016/2019 is a major shortcoming, and is only going to frustrate users more and more.

      Back to RDSH, what is the solution? We’ve just commited to 3 years of RDS. VDI is not an option as it’s prohibitively expensive compared to RDS, not to mention nowhere near as simple to deploy. If the server OS is truly going towards a GUI-less “core” only future, then RDSH needs to be made available on Windows 10.

    • Windows Server 2019 was released just few weeks ago but as far as I know Edge is still not supported, right?

    • This continues to be borderline comical. Can’t offer Edge to Citrix users, can’t use Edge on a jumphost. Now I find out that Windows Admin Center doesn’t support IE (the only browser available on Server). Thanks, Microsoft, for increasing the Chrome install base.

    • As unbelievable as it may be that Edge isn’t supported on Windows Server, I really don’t get all of the “what are we supposed to do?” comments. Just use Chrome and move on. I don’t think MS is heartbroken over not winning the browser war, and I really doubt anyone there is losing any sleep over users’ threats to switch to another browser.

      I got to this thread because I prefer to develop on a Mac (gasp) these days, but still need a VM to maintain some older .NET legacy apps, and prefer Windows Server for that. I’m stuck with having to spin up a separate Windows 10 VM just to test with edge. But disk space is cheap so I’m not going to get too torn up over it.

    • I think the recent Edge/Chromium news may mean Edge on Windows Server may happen. I’m hopeful.

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