Leveraging Microsoft Edge Profiles

Hello Readers.  I hope you find this helpful!

As Microsoft continues to improve the new Edge browser, one of the newest features that I find the most helpful with the new Chromium based browsers, is the use of’ ‘Profiles’ within the browser.  It’s no secret that it can become incredibly problematic in the Microsoft ecosystem when trying to navigate through multiple tenants.  Either you have to use InPrivate browsing, you have to close browsers to end sessions (and pray that works), or you have to use different browsers;  all of these little nuances add up to a time suck.  As a consultant, i’m constantly in and out of customer browsers, in addition to demos.microsoft.com demo tenants for testing purposes, so I’m always in a constant search to make this process easier.  Well no longer, since the Chromium based Edge browser has fixed it.

If you are using this for tenant management purposes, you simply start by adding adding a profile for each tenant and logging in accordingly from within the browser:

Once you add each profile, you will still need to set the homepage for each profile.  A common mistake is when you are adding a profile and doing it from the www.office.com site, as an example, that first profile you signed in with may follow you to each profile you setup thereafter.  You may need to go into each profile after you set it up, sign into the office.com portal then add that page to the “On Startup” browser setting:

Once it’s all complete, you’ll see multiple profiles in the window, and when you click on a profile to log in, it will open up a separate Edge window for each profile so you can work within multiple tenants at one time.

Who should use this feature:

  • Consultants who need to manage multiple tenants
  • Managed Service Providers who need to manage multiple tenants
  • Customers who may be leveraging demo tenants

This is not only a convenient feature to help manage multiple tenants, but I would consider it a safety feature as well.  It is very possible that if you are trying to work in multiple tenants the old way, that you could easily think you are in a test tenant and make a configuration change to a production tenant.  I recommend moving forward using the new Edge browser for this added benefit, alone.

 

Jason Sloan – Senior Cloud Consultant and Teams Voice Lead

Senior Cloud Consultant and Teams Voice Lead

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