Intune Extensions install process improved /w April Service Update

Last week Microsoft updated their Intune cloud services with the April service update. This April service update (5.0.5118.0) introduces a lot of new features which were recently announced by the Microsoft Intune team. More details on this can be found here.

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Most of you are familiar with the fact it can take up to 24-hours until the Intune extensions finally comes down in your Configuration Manager 2012 R2 instance. Initially there is no method for forcing the extensions to come down. Especially working with customers engagements (proof of concepts) it is very annoying to have to wait a day before you can enable these extensions.

The Microsoft Intune Product Team did a great job to speed up this process, which comes with the April update. The time it takes when Intune extensions comes down into your Configuration Manager 2012 R2 instance is significantly improved. By shorten the interval at the backend new tenants should be able to see extensions within 10 mins after connector role has been setup successfully. For the extensions published after installation, it is up to 6 hours.

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Deploy *.appx files to Windows Phone 8.1 with the upcoming Microsoft Intune March service update

The Microsoft Intune Team announced the next service update for Microsoft Intune will become available between March 4, 2015 and March 7, 2015.

With notable attention with the new service update you’re able to deploy *.appx files to Windows Phone 8.1 devices. The *.appx extension – aka as Metro App – is normally only available for the Windows 8.1 platform. By enabling *.appx support for Windows Phone 8.1 Microsoft is taking the next step into the universal app erea.

New Intune standalone (cloud only) features that will be released as part of this service update include:

  • Ability to streamline the enrollment of iOS devices purchased directly from Apple or an authorized reseller with the Device Enrollment Program (DEP). The Device Enrollment Program (DEP) provides a fast, streamlined way to deploy your corporate-owned Mac or iOS devices, whether purchased directly from Apple or through participating Apple Authorized Resellers
  • Ability to restrict access to SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business based upon device enrollment and compliance policies
  • Management of OneDrive apps for iOS and Android devices
  • Ability to deploy .appx files to Windows Phone 8.1 devices
  • Ability to restrict the number of devices a user can enroll in Intune

Further, as part of this service update, we Microsoft will be providing hybrid customers with the ability to create custom WiFi profiles with pre-shared keys (PSK) for Android devices. This will be expected to be alvailable in the next service update for Intune standalone (cloud only).

For more detailed information see the Microsoft Intune Team Blog

KB3002291: MDM settings are not applied to cloud-managed users in Configuration Manager 2012 R2

hotfixJust drop you a quick line a new hotfix for Configuration Manager 2012 R2 is released which improves the process of getting policies applied to mobile devices. When a user becomes a cloud-managed user (CloudUserID), a settings policy may not target the assignment for the user this due to different user(s) with same clouduserID. This behavior was introduced by CU2 and CU3.

  • This problem affects only environments that use the Intune Connector together with Configuration Manager 2012 R2.
  • This problem occurs only when Cumulative Update 2 or Cumulative Update 3 for Configuration Manager is installed.

To apply this hotfix, you must have Cumulative Update 2 or Cumulative Update 3 for System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager installed.

For more details and download see http://support2.microsoft.com/kb/3002291

For a complete list of all available hotfixes and update please consult the List of Public Microsoft Support Knowledge Base Articles wiki page.

Troubleshooting Microsoft (Windows) Intune Extensions

Most of you are problably aware of Microsoft (Windows) Intune extensions and using them briefly without any issue(s). New extensions becomes automatically available through the Microsoft Intune connector and new updates are merged or installed to introduce new features taking benefits of the Microsoft Intune cloud services platform.

So far so good…but if you’ve bad luck extensions comes partly down or becomes not available at all to your Configuration Manager instance! Unfortunately there is no way to force a trigger of the tenant discovery process and thus the installation of Microsoft Intune extensions. In normal circumstances it will take up to 24 hours after registering your Intune subscription untill the Intune extensions comes down to your Configuration Manager instance. This pitty if you would speed up the process of installing new deployments or you’re in a disaster recovery scenario. Hereby some guidelines for troubleshooting Microsoft Intune extensions, logs locations(s), Certificate Thumbprint ID, SQL query and validating the connectivity with Microsoft Intune.

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Configuration Manager 2012 R2 Hotfix introduces instant Remote Wipe and Retirement of Mobile Devices

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Exciting times upfront of Configuration Manager & Microsoft Intune! After announcement of renaming Windows Intune to Microsoft Intune and expected new functionalities in Q4 Microsoft released this week an imported hotfix for Configuration Manager 2012 R2. In short this hotfix allows you to remote wipe or retire your mobile devices almost instanlty with out any delay…how cool is that! Continue reading “Configuration Manager 2012 R2 Hotfix introduces instant Remote Wipe and Retirement of Mobile Devices”

iOS 8 Support for System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager

Just drop you a quick line support for iOS 8 is now available for System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager! Support for iOS 8 on System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager was announced recently by the Configuration Manager Team but finally comes down to your Configuration Manager instance.

Standalone Windows Intune was already supporting iOS 8 from day 0 when iOS 8 was released on September 17, 2014.

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Windows Intune User Provisioning: Having a closer look

At the moment there’re several scenario’s to manage and provisioning users to Windows Intune in order to enable Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) or simply said – managing your mobile devices. As the process of provisioning users to Windows Intune in combination with Configuration Manager 2012 R2 is not always clear I’ll provide you some insights and tips where and how to troubleshoot.

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As mentioned I’ll will focus in this post on a hybrid scenario using Configuration Manager 2012 R2, Windows Intune and on-premise Active Directory where Azure Active Directory Sync (aka DirSync) is used to syncronize on-premise users to Windows Intune (Azure Active Directory).

Process Overview Windows Intune User provisioning

  1. John Doe is created in (on-premise) Active Directory
  2. John Doe is synchronized by Azure Active Directory Sync to (off-premise) Azure Active Directory
  3. John Doe is discovered by Configuration Manager 2012 R2
  4. John Doe is add to Windows Intune collection in Configuration Manager 2012 R2
  5. John Doe is synchronized by Windows Intune Connector
  6. John Doe is enabled Windows Intune user

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