Windows 10 MDM client activity monitoring with SyncML Viewer

Do you ever wanted to know what is going on behind the curtain when clicking MDM Sync on Windows 10? Gaining insights how the SyncML representation protocol is used during device management of Windows 10 clients? With SyncML Viewer you have the chance to easily get deep insights now. I’ve written a small tool to…

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How to enable Pre-Boot BitLocker startup PIN on Windows with Intune

This guide will demonstrate how to enable the BitLocker startup PIN for pre-boot authentication on Windows 10 with Microsoft Intune. I will walk through how to accomplish this in a nearly fully automatic way. Let’s start with some facts around BitLocker to understand the technology more precisely. In fact, I think a pre-boot startup PIN…

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Intune Policy Processing on Windows 10 explained

In this post I will dive into the Intune policy processing on a MDM managed Windows 10 client. Intune is an MDM system and has the ability to deploy so called device configuration profiles to managed Windows 10 endpoints. We will have a look at the architecture, the settings, and the actual processing including the…

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Cloud Storage management solution for Intune managed clients

When dealing with modern management we always need a storage space to provide simple files like background images or other configuration files. This article will show an easy way to organize and provide files for modern desktops managed by Intune.

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The easy way to deploy device certificates with Intune

In this guide I will have a look at an easy way to deploy device certificates to modern cloud managed clients. Even without an Microsoft on-premises PKI your devices will get device certificates. These certificates can be used for Wi-Fi authentication for example. Normally if you want to deploy certificates to mobile devices you are…

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On-demand Windows Diagnostic Logs via Intune

How-to gather on-demand diagnostic data from Windows 10 1903+ by utilizing the DiagnosticLog CSP via a MDM service like Intune.

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Windows Analytics onboarding with Intune

Successful onboarding without the pitfalls to miss devices and analytics data.

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How to decode Intune Win32 App Packages

The new Intune Win32 app management is a great way to deploy Win32 apps with Microsoft Intune. Imagine you have a kind of source share for all the .intunewin files you have created. At some point in time you like to modify a package but you do not have the source files right now, only…

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Deploying Win32 app BGInfo with Intune

Deploying BGInfo to quickly find your test devices or provide easy VM access during trainings with more visibility of the available user permissions.

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Enabling BitLocker on non-HSTI devices with Intune

This is a post about enabling BitLocker on non-HSTI devices with Windows 10 version 1809 and standard user permissions. First of all a little background on HSTI. HSTI is a Hardware Security Testability Interface. It is an interface to report the results of security-related self-tests. Its purpose is to provide high assurance validation of proper security configuration.…

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Part 3, Deep dive Microsoft Intune Management Extension – Win32 Apps

Microsoft made it finally happen and provides an integrated way to deploy Win32 Apps via the Intune Management Extension. This is by far the biggest step forward in the Modern Management field. Until now the community came up with lots of ways to utilize PowerShell scripts to finally install some Win32 Apps. By doing this…

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Ignite 2018 – My wrap up

First of all, what an amazing experience to attend Microsoft Ignite 2018 in Orlando. All started off with a keynote by Satya Nadella followed by general announcement sessions and technical deep dive sessions. The key message was about “Tech Intensity”. This is described by changing your cultural mindset and your processes. Ultimately leading to a…

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Automation of gathering and importing Windows Autopilot information

Complete process automation of gathering and upload of a device Autopilot information to the Windows Autopilot service with an Azure Automation Runbook.

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Modern Management Summit London 2018

I enjoyed some vacation and did a lot of customer work recently but I had the honor to speak at our SCConfigMgr.com Modern Management Summit 2018 event in London at the Microsoft Reactor. It was an amazing day and I had a lot of discussions around a cloud first modern management approach. If you like…

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Intune Managed Browser (MAM) with Azure AD Application Proxy and Conditional Access

Recently Microsoft enhanced the Intune Managed Browser experience with Mobile Application Management (MAM) and app-based Conditional Access (CA) a lot. It is integrated into the Conditional Access story as an approved app and supports the Azure AD Application Proxy very well now.   What does this allow us to do now? We are now able…

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Process automation for Intune and Azure AD with Azure Automation

Cloud managed environments benefit from the idea of software as a service, you don’t have to think about upgrading or maintenance of the infrastructure itself. But often we need to automate the tools itself. A very good example here is when an employee quits his job, than we need to trigger a lot of processes…

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Use Delivery Optimization with DHCP Option on Pre-Windows 10 version 1803

The new Windows 10 Peer 2 Peer feature Delivery Optimization was enhanced by the setting to query DHCP option ID 234 to get a Group ID (DOGroupIdSource). It was implemented into the latest Windows 10 version 1803 based on my feedback. I’m a little proud that the idea was well received and my product feedback…

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Part 2, Deep dive Microsoft Intune Management Extension – PowerShell Scripts

Because of the popularity of my first blog post Deep dive Microsoft Intune Management Extension – PowerShell Scripts, I’ve decided to write a second post regarding Intune Management Extension to further explain some architecture behind this feature and upcoming question from the community. A deeper understanding helps to successful troubleshoot the feature. Table of content for…

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How to “Push-button reset” Windows 10

The “push-button reset” (PBR) is the way to do a “factory reset” on Windows 10. It constructs a fresh Windows 10 installation and we can start over again. Implementing a Microsoft 365 powered device mobility concept for a modern workplace with Windows 10, makes usage of Windows as a Service and provides new ways of…

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Configure Delivery Optimization with Intune for Windows Update for Business

When using the Modern IT approach and building Microsoft 365 powered devices it is a combination of the following cloud services for Modern Management: Microsoft Azure Active Directory for Identity Microsoft Intune for Management Windows Update for Business for Servicing Windows Analytics to Monitor To support the Windows as a Service strategy with cloud services we rely on the…

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How to disable SMBv1 with Intune [deep dive analysis]

I recently got motivated to research a bit about new MDM settings available in the latest Windows 10 Insider Build (17074) and how to configure them. Settings available in preview Windows 10 versions normally do not have a lot of technical documentation for it or there is even no documentation for a particular feature and…

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Configuring Windows Defender Credential Guard with Intune

The Windows Defender Credential Guard is a feature to protect NTLM, Kerberos and Sign-on credentials. Windows 10 Enterprise provides the capability to isolate certain Operating System (OS) pieces via so called virtualization-based security (VBS). NTLM and Kerberos credentials are normally stored in the Local Security Authority (LSA). Once VBS is enabled the LSASS process will…

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Deep dive Microsoft Intune Management Extension – PowerShell Scripts

Microsoft made a big step forward in the Modern Management field. Limitations like custom configurations or even Win32 App installs can be addressed now. Microsoft developed an EMS agent (aka SideCar) and released it as a new Intune feature called Intune Management Extension. This agent is able to manage and execute PowerShell scripts on Windows 10…

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Gather Windows 10 Autopilot info in Azure Blob Storage during wipe and reload

UPDATE 22/07/2018: New blog post Automation of gathering and importing Windows Autopilot information The Modern Management strategy is based on Enterprise Mobility + Security and additional services like Office 365. Microsoft created a new SKU called Microsoft 365 for this. To complete the big picture we need some additional services: Microsoft Store for Business Windows Analytics Windows…

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Deep dive ADMX ingestion to configure SilentAccountConfig with OneDrive

Since Windows 10 1703 you can use a feature called ADMX ingestion to extend policy settings in Intune. What it basically does is to parse an ADMX file and build a MDM policy of it. In the end you can configure the ADMX settings via OMA-URIs in Intune. More details about ADMX ingestion can be…

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