Deploying Satya Nadella’s Guide “Hit Refresh” to the future /w Microsoft Intune eBooks

With the recent release of  Satya Nadella’s – Microsoft CEO – book and guide “Hit Refresh” to the future, it was  a perfect occasion to deploy eBooks with Microsoft Intune. Earlier this year Microsoft introduced support for volume purchase (VPP) support for eBooks via Microsoft Intune.

Overview of eBooks node in Microsoft Intune portal.

Volume Purchase Program’s (e.g. Microsoft Store for Business, Apple Business Store) lets you purchase multiple licenses for a book that you want to distribute to users in your company. With Apple you can distribute books from the Business, or Education stores. Continue reading “Deploying Satya Nadella’s Guide “Hit Refresh” to the future /w Microsoft Intune eBooks”

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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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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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Updated: Exchange Connector permissions changed in Configuration Manager Current Branch (1511 and higher)

Exchange Connector Current Branch

Note! Updated with additional permissions (Get-Mailbox) 04/28/2016

During a Configuration Manager Current Branch (1511) implementation I bumped into an issue configuring the Exchange Connector. After configuring the Exchange Connector, devices which are connected by Exchange were not successfully discovered and therefore not appearing in the admin console.

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Integrate your Microsoft Intune device enrollment with Azure AD!

May this year Microsoft announced a new capability of automatically enroll devices in Microsoft Intune as part of joining devices in to Azure AD (Premium). By joining a Windows 10 device to Azure AD it is extremely easy for end users to get the benefits of single sign-on, OS state roaming, and management capabilities.

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This will work with both Microsoft Intune and with 3rd party MDM solutions. In this blog post I’ll show you how ease and transparent this process is and how powerful the integration is of Microsoft Online Services and Windows 10!

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What’s new in Microsoft Intune Service Update – May 2015

Latest-UpdatesToday the Microsoft Intune product team announced next set of Intune features that will be released between May 19 and May 26.  With this monthly release cadence, Microsoft continue to focus on providing customers with best-in-class experiences that help keep users productive while protecting company’s sensitive data. You can expect to see the following new Intune standalone (cloud only) features in this release:

  • Ability to extend application protection to your existing line-of-business apps using the Intune App Wrapping Tool for Android (Intune App Wrapping Tool for iOS made available in December 2014)
  • Ability to assign help desk permissions to Intune admins, filtering their view of the Intune admin console to only provide access to perform remote tasks (e.g. passcode reset and remote lock)
  • RSS feed notification option added for Intune admin to subscribe to be alerted when new Intune service notifications are available for their service instance
  • Improved end user experience in the Intune Company Portal app for iOS with step-by-step guidance added on how to access corporate email by enrolling for management and validating device compliance
  • Updated Intune Company Portal app for Windows Phone 8.1 to provide enhanced status notifications for app installations
  • New custom policy template for managing new Windows 10 features using OMA-URI
  • New per-platform mobile device security policy templates for Android, iOS, Windows, and Windows Phone, in addition to new Exchange ActiveSync policy template
  • Ability to deploy Google Play store apps that are required/mandatory to install on Android devices

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