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Browser Content Redirection whitelist not working for sites other than youtube


Terry Rebstein

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I've enabled browser content redirection and it works well for the default https://www.youtube.com but adding additional sites to the policy whitelist doesn't seem to work for me. I can add the site, but I still see high CPU on session host and no "HDX overlay browser" process on the client. Has anyone got Browser content redirection working for additional sites beyond youtube?

 

I've tried https://www.facebook.com/* and https://vimeo.com/* without success

 

 

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I tested with https://facebook.com and it did not work; then i changed the whitelist to https://www.facebook.com/* and it worked perfectly.

Seems that facebook redirects to www automatically, that might be causing your issue.

You can see that if you launch the Developer Tools in Chrome and go to Network.

 

content-length: 0

content-type:  text/html; charset="utf-8"

date: Sun, 07 Jan 2018 18:37:17 GMT

location: https://www.facebook.com/

status: 301

 

"The Content-Location header indicates an alternate location for the returned data. The principal use is to indicate the URL of a resource transmitted as the result of content negotiation."

 

 

 

As for Vimeo, I whitelisted https://vimeo.com and it worked also. Note that Vimeo does not redirect to 'www'.

 

Regarding the mouse,

Because we redirect the entire browser content window, there's now an additional window being created on the client for the browser pane distinct from the VDA-rendered browser window.  It's likely that if one window has focus, the other one won't see the mouse wheel events, in some cases.

Can you make sure Hdxbrowser.exe (the Receiver-side window) has the focus?

 

 

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It works for all the sites I've tested, except for Teams. Well, it does work for Teams, but it seems like voice and webcam redirection isn't working. If I don't use BCR, then voice+webcam will work. I'm doing all my tests in Chrome with the Teams Calling chrome extension + BCR chrome extension installed.

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On 4/29/2019 at 1:41 AM, Katrina Cruz said:

It works for all the sites I've tested, except for Teams. Well, it does work for Teams, but it seems like voice and webcam redirection isn't working. If I don't use BCR, then voice+webcam will work. I'm doing all my tests in Chrome with the Teams Calling chrome extension + BCR chrome extension installed.

 

Can you use Teams with BCR and join a meeting?

There are some current limitations that Microsoft imposes on p2p calls.

 

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On 5/5/2019 at 2:11 AM, Fernando Klurfan1709153904 said:

 

Can you use Teams with BCR and join a meeting?

There are some current limitations that Microsoft imposes on p2p calls.

 

No, you cannot, at least from my testing anyway.

 

Teams on the Web will redirect to the endpoint device just fine, in either Internet Explorer or Chrome (with the BCR Chrome extension installed). However, it's as good as useless, because all you can use is just text chatting. You can't use voice or video calling at all. Those 2 features are only available to Chrome (as of this writing), which means you can't use IE at all regardless if you use BCR or not.

 

As for Chrome, well it still won't work. Firstly, even without BCR, both those 2 features are grayed out in Chrome because Teams on the Web ****. You'd have to install a Chrome extension written by some random guy to get this working, which shows just how pathetic Microsoft is:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/enable-teams-calling/ifgnnjhhfdpjpjokajkolhioakajhidc?hl=en

 

Now, with BCR enabled AND with that Chrome extension installed, you're still not able to use voice/video call/conferencing. This is because BCR uses the HDXBrowserCef.exe process when redirecting the content. Your Chrome browser with the Teams Calling Chrome extension is actually not in use at all.

 

I had the brilliant idea of decompiling the Chrome extension and look at its source code, in addition to looking at the Javascript code that it injects into Teams Web. I thought I could simply inject the same Javascript code into HDXBrowsercef.exe and I did that successfully, but the 2 voice/video buttons are still grayed out.

 

Anyway, here's an article that highlights this issue, which is not mentioned anywhere else that I could find:

 

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Note: Video conferencing is currently not available with Teams and Chrome, so it will not work with BCR either. Once Microsoft officially supports Chrome browser for Conferences and peer to peer video, BCR will support it automatically.

https://support.citrix.com/article/CTX238236

 

 

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I understand this is old thread.. but I'm having the same issue where I can't get sites other than YouTube to work.

 

I tried CNN, Facebook, Globalnews, trailer.apple.com and Teams etc,

 

here is the list of sites added ACL. Any thoughts?

VDA runnning 1912CU1 and workspace App 2002.

 

https://www.youtube.com/*
https://youtube.com/*
https://trailers.apple.com/*
http://facebook.com
https://facebook.com
https://www.cnn.com
https://globalnews.ca
https://www.apple.com
https://www.apple.com/ca/
https://teams.microsoft.com/*
https://login.microsoftonline.com/*teams*
https://www.facebook.com/*

 

Thanks

CT

 

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