Improved MDM diagnostics from Windows 10 Insider Preview #16232

Note: the content in this blog post may subject to change as it’s based on Windows 10 Insider Preview build 16232/16237.

In the early days of Windows 8.x modern management made it’s appearance but due it’s limitations at that time not widely adopted.

Traditional vs Modern

The introduction of Windows 10 as the cloud OS with tight integration of Azure AD changed this rapidly. Combined with configuration service provider (CSP) modern management provides increased capabilities and therefore closing the gap with traditional management.

Another often-heard challenge of modern management is the troubleshooting part. This can sometimes be challenging as it is experienced as a black box. Common tools  (e.g. Event Viewer, PowerShell, WMI) are sometimes cryptic and thus challenging to interpret, until today!

Troubleshooting

To illustrate the ease of troubleshooting (low entry), we configured a custom policy by Microsoft Intune which configures Windows Defender Application Guard (currently in preview) and check the process of the policy being applied on our endpoint .

Microsoft Intune Custom Policy

Once assigned the policy in Microsoft Intune we triggered a policy refresh cycle.

Updated interface

Update Management Profile GUI

In the updated GUI we can now determine which policy categories are configured, including our Windows Defender Application Guard (AppHVSI) policy. Besides the outline of the policy categories we can also determine the installed applications. 

 Improved Management Profile GUI PolicyManager MDM Category

Management Diagnostic log files

The updated GUI goes beyond just displaying what is configured/applied and provides the ability drill down to our MDM configuration. The MDM configuration can be exported in a management log file which is exported in HTML format to C:\Users\Public\Documents\MDMDiagnostics\MDMDiagReport.html

MDM Diagnostics GUI

The MDM diagnostic log file provides general information of your system. However the most interesting part is yet to come.

Base MDM Diagnostic Information

First of all it provides insights of the configuration sources and resource (CSPs) and  whether it’s a device- or user based policy. The Resource section correlates to the various policies and installed apps. I highlighted a guid which correlates to an installed application.

MDM Configuration Sources

Further it provides a detailed list of which policy categories are deployed by your MDM solution. These categories are listed in the updated interface I mentioned before. Further this section provides the detailed configuration of your policies.

In our scenario we deployed Windows Defender Application Guard policy. It shows you the policy area, default value, current value and whether it’s a device- or user based policy.  It confirms the custom Windows Defender Application Guard Policy has been landed and successfully applied.

MDM Managed Policies

When looking under the hood we’ve the confirmation here too, Windows Defender Application Guard is configured properly. And mentioned earlier you’ll find the policy categories once again.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\PolicyManager\current\device\AppHVSI

PolicyManager MDM Registry

Complementary to the Windows Defender Application Guard CSP configuration you can keep track of the group policy (backed ADMX) equivalent.

PolicyManager MDM Group Policy

Installed Applications

As mentioned before the MDM diagnostic log file also includes the list of installed applications through MDM channel.

Managed Applications by MDM

Finally, we also have access to settings which are not set via CSP.

Unmanaged MDM Policies

Summary

The updated interface in this Windows 10 preview build is a simple as ingenious extension and help us to get useful insights to troubleshoot your modern management end-points.

Sources

Introduction to configuration service providers (CSPs) for IT pros

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/configuration/provisioning-packages/how-it-pros-can-use-configuration-service-providers

WindowsDefenderApplicationGuard CSP

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/client-management/mdm/windowsdefenderapplicationguard-csp

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Part 2 – Deploying Microsoft Intune Connector in an Enterprise world: troubleshooting

In a diptych I’m sharing my experiences, common practices and challenges of implementing Microsoft Intune PFX connector as certificate deployment mechanism in the enterprise.

IntunePFX

In my first blog post I covered the basics of implementing a certificate deployment infrastructure based on Microsoft Intune PFX connector. Explained the differences and considerations whether to choose SCEP or PFX as your certificate deployment solution. And explained the certificate issuing workflow. In this second post I’ll go in more detail of the anatomy of the Intune Certificate Connector, setup. Explaining the renewal and revocation process(flow) works. And lastly I give you some pointers where to start your journey, in case of troubleshooting certificate deployment issues.

Part 1 – Deploying Microsoft Intune Connector in an Enterprise world: common practices

Part 2 – Deploying Microsoft Intune Connector in an Enterprise world: troubleshooting

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Microsoft Teams: How to overcome challenges with Windows Information Protection & Conditional Access

Recently Microsoft announced Microsoft Teams, a new chat-based platform in Office 365. For all mobile platforms (Android, iOS and Windows 10 Mobile) Microsoft released an native app, including a desktop app for Windows 10 and Mac OS X. The Microsoft Teams apps can be downloaded here. After I installed the Microsoft Teams desktop app on Windows 10 I bumped into the following funny message ‘Yikes! Looks like someone pulled the plug on the internet’.

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Windows Information Protection…notes from the field! #MSIgnite

Windows Information Protection (WIP), previously known as enterprise data protection (EDP), helps organizations to protect corporate data against potential data leakage.

information-protection-needsThe concept is fairly simple and is actually based on defining two lists:

  • A corporate boundary list, which represents both on-premise & cloud network locations where managed apps can access corporate data;
  • A list of managed (trusted) apps, which are allowed to open, modify & store corporate data within the corporate boundary list.

In this blog we will look at some practical examples which you have to consider for a successful implementation of Windows Information Protection including a top 4 of recommended practices.

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Secure your SaaS & On-premises applications with Azure AD Conditional Access

Last week Microsoft announced the public preview of Azure AD Conditional Access to protect Azure AD SaaS applications based on device-based policy rules. Conditional Access (CA) is already available for a quite long time for those who are using Microsoft Intune, but was scoped to Microsoft cloud services such as Dynamics CRM Online, Exchange Online, Exchange on-premises, SharePoint Online and Skype for Business Online.

With the introduction of CA for Azure AD SaaS applications it’s a great step forwards raising the security bar in a mobile first cloud first world securing your SaaS applications and how they being accessed.


In this blog I will not elaborate the detailed operation of CA but will show you how easily it is to configure and apply Azure AD Conditional Access for an on-premise web application which we have published by Azure AD Proxy. Continue reading “Secure your SaaS & On-premises applications with Azure AD Conditional Access”

Important! Updated Microsoft Intune Company Portal app for iOS supports only iOS 8.0 or higher.

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In case you missed it, Microsoft recently announced the Microsoft Intune Company Portal app for iOS will be updated. Why this might be important to you?

Why updating?

As Apple releases new versions of iOS, they release new functionality, so there is a lack of functionality available on older iOS versions. Ending support for these older versions and encouraging end users to upgrade leads to a better end-user experience and allows us to prioritize the release new functionality for customers. This adjustment to support iOS 8.0 and later brings the iOS Company Portal app into alignment with the version support of the Office apps and many other Microsoft (and non-Microsoft) apps

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Customize Windows 10 Start menu with Configuration Manager (MDM) or Microsoft Intune #OMA-URI

Undoubtedly you ever been asked the question to customize the Windows 10 start menu? Your response might be like “Sure, I’ll fix this by group policy, imaging (task sequence) or last resort by manually importing a .xml file.” All – almost all – valid options in a fully managed environment where your clients are domain joined (Active Directory) and/or fully managed by Configuration Manager or MDT. But hey what about your non-domain joined Windows 10 devices which are outside the company and managed by Microsoft Intune (MDM)? Well OMA-URI is your best friend! Smile

Configuration Service Provider (CSP)

In Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education, you can use a mobile device management (MDM) policy to deploy a customized Start layout to users. No reimaging is required, and the Start layout can be updated simply by overwriting the .xml file that contains the layout. This enables you to customize Start layouts for different departments or organizations, with minimal management overhead. With Microsoft Intune (MDM), you define the Start layout using an OMA-URI setting, which is based on the Policy configuration service provider (CSP).

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