Part 4 – Improve endpoint user experience with Microsoft Endpoint Analytics: Recommended Software

In this 4th blog in a series of posts about Endpoint Analytics we’ll continue with Recommended Software, which one of the four main pillars (Startup performance, Proactive Remediation, Recommended Software, Application Reliability) of Endpoint Analytics.

As mentioned before Endpoint Analytics aims to improve user productivity and reduce IT support costs by providing insights into the user experience. The insights enable IT to optimize the end-user experience with proactive support and to detect regressions to the user experience by assessing user impact of configuration changes.

Independent of your hardware estate, which may very per organization, there are a number of fundamental principles underpinning to achieve an optimal score with Endpoint Analytics. Your hardware, applications & services largely determines how end users experiences their workplace. With new hardware, imperfections can go unnoticed without negative effect, however as hardware ages, this will change and become more tangible.

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Part 2 – Improve endpoint user experience with Microsoft Endpoint Analytics: Startup Performance

My previous blog post was a brief introduction to Microsoft Endpoint Analytics, what it is and how it relates to Microsoft productivity score. In this second blog post I will cover the startup performance, one of the three core features of Endpoint Analytics. How do you gain insight into device setup, startup & sign-in times per individual- as well as per device model and overall system performance as part of Endpoint Analytics startup performance.

Microsoft Endpoint Analytics startup performance page.
  • Startup performance, help IT get users from power-on to productivity quickly without lengthy boot and sign in delays
  • Proactive remediation scripting, fix common support issues before end-users notice issues
  • Recommended software, recommendations for providing the best user experience

Now we have set up Endpoint Analytics we are ready to collect data and gain insights how your endpoints performing. Are they in a good shape and fine tuned to provide the best in class end-user experience? Perhaps they do…but as always there might be some room for improvements out there!

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Microsoft Defender Antivirus: Catch(up) me if you can!

Update: Microsoft confirmed this behavior and will correct this in the next Microsoft Intune update release, most probably the March update 2003.

If you are using Microsoft Defender Antivirus and managing your Windows 10 clients via co-management (Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager (MECM) or Microsoft Endpoint Manager (MEM), this blog might be interesting for you.

The catch-up scan block results in the opposite configuration the UI implies.

During an end-to-end multi-platform migration (including Windows 10, macOS, Windows Servers and Linux) of a 3rd party AV solution to Microsoft Defender (ATP) we noticed some striking behavior.

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More control on Windows-as-a-Service with Microsoft Intune Feature Update Deployments

With the introduction of Feature Update Deployments, IT-administrators get more control over how Windows 10 feature updates are installed via Windows Update for Business. With Feature Update Deployments, they have the ability to choose a given feature update (e.g. 1803, 1809, or 1903) and stay there indefinitely*. It provides more granular and predictable control the way feature updates find their way to devices across your organization.

With Windows 10 feature updates, you select the Windows feature version that you want devices to remain at.

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Revise your OneDrive (Sync) restrictions when shifting to a Modern Workplace!

OneDrive client is unable to sync your folders.

What is a modern workplace these days without having your personal- or group data synced to OneDrive and taking the full advantage Microsoft’s cloud storage has to offer!? One of the most asked feature is silently configuring your OneDrive client to automatically synchronize your (personal) data. Continue reading “Revise your OneDrive (Sync) restrictions when shifting to a Modern Workplace!”

Microsoft keeps its Password-less promise and ships native FIDO2 support to Azure AD & Windows 10

Microsoft continues to deliver it’s password-less promise and introduces native FIDO2-based authentication to Windows 10 & Azure AD.

“There is no doubt that over time, people are going to rely less and less on passwords. People use the same password on different systems, they write them down and they just don’t meet the challenge for anything you really want to secure.”

Bill Gates, RSA 2004

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Microsoft Defender ATP’s diary: From a SecAdmin’s Perspective

This blog post is an introduction of a series of blogs to cover the game changing risk-based approach Microsoft Defender ATP offers to the discovery, prioritization, and remediation of endpoint vulnerabilities and misconfigurations.

As mentioned in “The evolution of Microsoft Threat Protection” by Debraj Ghosh, PM of Microsoft Threat Protection, security comes
in general with two responsibilities: 1) Security Operations (SecOps) and 2) Security Administrations (SecAdmins).

SecOps act by incident response via a centralized alert view and powerful hunting capabilities enabling ad-hoc investigations.

SecAdmins will gain the visibility, control, and guidance necessary to understand and act on the threats currently impacting their organization, as well as information on past and future threats.

In this series of blogs I will focus exclusively on the responsibility of a SecAdmin and all aspects that Microsoft Defender ATP has to offer in regards. Therefore we kick off this serie starting with Configuration Management and Threat & Vulnerability Management.

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Moving away from passwords with Windows 10, Windows Hello for Business & Microsoft Intune

In 2004, long before we went online massively concepts like phishing or ransomware were on the rise, Bill Gates, predicted at the RSA Conference that year the demise of passwords saying “they just don’t meet the challenge for anything you really want to secure.”

For years, we’ve been discussing the vulnerabilities of passwords (80 percent of security breaches are down to stolen passwords & credentials) and the need to ditch them for more robust & secure solutions. Many initiatives have been launched like Microsoft’s CardSpace, the Higgins project, the Liberty Alliance, NSTIC, the FIDO Alliance and various Identity 2.0 proposals. All with the explicit goal of eliminating passwords.

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Windows Defender ATP: Onboarding your Windows 10 endpoints, do it the right way!

In the early days of onboarding Windows 10 endpoints to Windows Defender ATP you had to define a custom device configuration policy via Intune, in order to enable and register your Windows Defender ATP agents at scale.

Onboard Windows Defender ATP via custom device configuration policy.

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Unleash your Azure CSP subscription for Cloud Management Gateway deployments

The cloud management gateway (CMG) provides a simple way to manage Configuration Manager clients on the internet. By deploying the CMG as a cloud service in Microsoft Azure, you can manage traditional clients that roam on the internet ‘without’ additional (on-premise) infrastructure.


Create & deploy cloud services with an associate Azure subscription.

However, there is a limitation when deploying CMG using Azure CSP subscription.

This capability does not enable support for Azure Cloud Service Providers (CSP). The CMG deployment with Azure Resource Manager continues to use the classic cloud service, which the CSP does not support. For more information, see available Azure services in Azure CSP.

As CSP model is becoming more and more popular as Azure subscription, this scenario is a potential blocker for many customers having a CSP subscription which wants to deploy a CMG. The Microsoft product teams are aware of this situation and I’m sure they will solve this the sooner or later.

Converting your CSP subscription to an eligible Azure subscription is no option here (managed by CSP Partner). Therefore I would like to take you how to deploy a CMG while you’re on a CSP subscription. Yes it’s possible! In this blog I’ll describe what it takes to achieve this. Continue reading “Unleash your Azure CSP subscription for Cloud Management Gateway deployments”