Microsoft Intune configuration

Switch your company’s search engine to Ecosia and help reforest the planet!

This guide explains the different options that IT has for using Microsoft Intune to configure Ecosia in Edge and Chrome at a company, school or university.

If your organization is considering using Ecosia, let us know so we can support you through the process. We’re on hand to help!

Requirements

To carry out any of the steps below this guide assumes the following requirements are already in place.

  • You have an instance of Microsoft Intune setup and already manage devices
  • Your account has the correct role to assign Policies and Profiles
  • You already have a testing and rollout strategy for new Policies and Profiles
    • Making sure you test and rollout new Configurations is key to ensuring a successful deployment.
  • You have your organization’s unique Ecosia reporting code to add to your Policy Values
    • If you wish to track your impact as an organization, ensure you have contacted fred.henderson@ecosia.org and received a reporting code.

Create a new group

Create a new “user group” or “device group” and define the users or devices that you want to deploy the Ecosia policy to. If you already have a defined group for deployment then skip to the next step.

Create a new policy

Go to → Devices → Configuration policies → create → new policy

Screenshot Microsoft Intune admin center

On the window that opens on the right-hand side enter the following values:

Screenshot with variables to enter, platform: windows 10 or later,  profile: template


Select platform: Windows 10 and later

Profile type: Templates

Select Administrative templates and hit create

If you do not have an existing policy naming convention, name it something you will recognise for example, “Microsoft Edge Default search provider policies”

Select the most suitable configuration for your Organization

We recommend these three possible configuration options to deploy Ecosia in Edge:

It is up to the IT administrator to decide and test the best deployment option for your organization.

Option 1 - Microsoft Edge Default search provider policies

The policy settings to configure the default search provider can be found here: User Configuration/\/Microsoft Edge/\/Default search provider

Define the following settings:

These are the policy values you must use for Microsoft Edge:

Default search provider keyword - ecosia.org

Default search provider name - Ecosia

Default search provider search URL - https://www.ecosia.org/search?q={searchTerms}&addon=edgegpo

Enable the default search provider - Enabled

The policy settings to configure the Home page and new tab page can be found here: User Configuration/\/Microsoft Edge/\/Startup, home page and new tab page

Configure the homepage URL - https://www.ecosia.org/?addon=edgegpo

Configure the new tab page URL - https://www.ecosia.org/newtab/?addon=edgegpo

Set the new tab page as the home page - Enabled

Once this policy has been applied to your defined group, this is how the settings page will look to end users / devices:

Note: this policy configures Ecosia as the default search engine and the end user cannot change the default provider. If you wish to allow end users to change their search engine you can use the following PowerShell script so that people can opt-in and opt-out of the policy.

Alternatively you can consider configuration Option 2 or Option 3.

More information on this policy can be found on the Microsoft website.

Option 2 - Microsoft Edge Default search provider policies (users can override)

Follow Option 1 but instead use the “users can override” template policies. This means that end users can change back to their preferred Search Engine if they do not wish to use Ecosia.

The settings to configure can be found here: User Configuration/\/Microsoft Edge - Default Settings (users can override)/\/Default search provider

Configure the policies using the Edge policy values provided in Option 1, but use the templates with “(users can override)” in their name.

More information on this policy can be found on the Microsoft website.

Note: If you deploy Ecosia with this policy and the end-user changes their search engine manually, Ecosia disappears as a defined option. It is for this reason that we recommend you use Option 3.

Option 3 - Manage Search Engine policy

This Edge policy allows an IT administrator to configure up to 10 search engines. You can set Ecosia as the default and people can change to any other search engine on the defined list.

We have created a .txt file that contains the policy value to set Ecosia as the default and to have Bing and Google as alternative options. It is up to the IT administrator which other search engines or web crawlers to enable here.

Copy and paste the information directly into the policy as follows.

More information on this policy can be found on the Microsoft website.

Chrome configuration

Configuration in Chrome is very similar to Option 1 and Option 2 outlined above for Edge.

Note: Unlike Edge, Chrome does not have a “Managed Search Engines” policy and so only Option 1 and Option 2 are possible in Chrome.

Please use the same policies as defined in Option 1 and Option 2 but instead use the following Chrome policy values. These values are specific to the Chrome configuration.

Default search provider name - Ecosia

Default search provider keyword - ecosia.org

Default search provider search URL - https://www.ecosia.org/search?q={searchTerms}&addon=chromegpo

Enable the default search provider - Enabled

Configure the homepage URL - https://www.ecosia.org/?addon=chromegpo

Configure the new tab page URL - https://www.ecosia.org/newtab/?addon=chromegpo

Set the new tab page as the home page - Enabled

Measure your impact

Tracking your organization's impact and seeing how your searches help plant trees is a big part of motivating teams to use Ecosia. For companies with over 1,000 employees that implement Ecosia using Microsoft Intune or Windows group policy, we can help you to run a pilot and provide a monthly report via email highlighting your impact.

In order for us to track your impact you’ll need to get in touch so we can create a unique identifier called a typetag for your organization.

Once you receive your reporting typetag, IT must simply add &tt= followed by the 8-digit typetag to the end of the URLs used in their deployment policies. The URLs to use for Edge and Chrome are as follows. Replace “xxxxxxxx” with the 8 digit reporting typetag provided to you by Ecosia.

Edge policy values:

Default search provider name -Ecosia

Default search provider keyword -ecosia.org

Default search provider search URL - https://www.ecosia.org/search?q={searchTerms}&addon=edgegpo&tt=xxxxxxxx

Enable the default search provider - Enabled

Configure the homepage URL - https://www.ecosia.org/?addon=edgegpo&tt=xxxxxxxx

Configure the new tab page URL - https://www.ecosia.org/newtab/?addon=edgegpo&tt=xxxxxxxx

Chrome policy values:

Default search provider name -Ecosia

Default search provider keyword -ecosia.org

Default search provider search URL - https://www.ecosia.org/search?q={searchTerms}&addon=chromegpo&tt=xxxxxxxx

Enable the default search provider - Enabled

Configure the homepage URL - https://www.ecosia.org/?addon=chromegpo&tt=xxxxxxxx

Configure the new tab page URL - https://www.ecosia.org/newtab/?addon=chromegpo&tt=xxxxxxxx

It’s important that you let us know once your IT team has deployed Ecosia. When we begin to attribute traffic to your organization we can schedule your monthly tree-reports. Graph showing the monthly report results.

Here is an example of the report you can expect to receive. Please note that reports show an estimated number of trees, based on the amount of searches sent to us. Trees cannot be used for carbon reporting or offsetting but it’s a great way to track your impact and to keep employees informed and engaged. For more information, please visit our internal comms support article.

Currently we can only provide reporting to organizations with more than 1,000 employees. If your company is under 1,000 employees please refer to our support materials for SMEs. Have any questions? Get in touch with us today and we’ll be on hand to support. Complete our form or book a call with Fred.

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