Using Microsoft Tunnel for per-app VPN

This week is another mobile focused blog post. This week is al around Microsoft Tunnel. More specifically, this week is all about using Microsoft Tunnel for providing per-app VPN on iOS/iPadOS devices and Android devices. Per-app VPN enables organizations to only allow specifically configured apps to use the configured VPN tunnel. So, not simply pushing all traffice through the VPN tunnel, but only the traffic of specific apps. That provides a solid method for providing access to on-premises resources for only the apps that really need it. This post will start with a quick summary of what should be in place, followed by going through the important per-app VPN specific configurations. Those configurations slightly differ per platform. This post will end by showing the user …

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Backup and restore Android Enterprise fully managed devices

This week is something completely different compared to the last couple of weeks. This week is back to the Android platform. More specifically, backing up and restoring data on Android Enterprise fully managed devices. An often heard challenge with Android Enterprise managed devices, is the lack of available functionalities for restoring data from an old device to a new device. So, the ability to backup the data on the old device and to restore the data on the new device. That’s challenging as there is simply a lack of available backup functionality when relying on Android Enterprise. The Samsung Smart Switch app could be a solution for that challenge. It enables users to seamlessly transfers contacts, photos, music, videos, messages, notes, calendars and more to …

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Freezing the install of system updates on Android Enterprise corporate-owned devices

This week is all about a very recent new introduced feature for Android Enterprise corporate-owned devices. That feature is the ability to freeze the install of system updates for a period of time. Freezing system updates on Android Enterprise corporate-owned devices enables organizations to stick to a specific version of Android for the specified period of time. That can be usefull to get the right support of the vendor of an app, or to make sure that a specific app works with the latest verison of Android. That level of control makes Android more and more enterprise ready, without the need of additional management tooling (OEMConfig). This post will start with a quick introduction to the freeze period for system updates, followed with the steps …

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Retiring non-compliant devices with Azure Logic Apps and Adaptive Cards for Teams

This week is another follow-up on the first few weeks of this year. Those weeks the focus was on monitoring the status of the different connectors, certificates, tokens and deployments, while this week the focus is on more than just monitoring. This week will be about non-compliant devices marked to retire. That means querying information and actually performing an action. When looking at device compliance policies, the IT administrator can configure the actions for non-compliance. One of those actions is to configure Retire the noncompliant device. That action, however, won’t actually retire the device and will only add the device to the Retire Noncompliant Devices view. Once added to that view, there is still a manual action required by the IT administrator to actually retire …

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Microsoft Tunnel Gateway: A quick overview

This week my post is a few days later, as my post is an extension of my session at the Nordic Virtual Summit Second Edition. At the virtual summit I did a session about Getting access to on-premises resources with Microsoft Tunnel. During that session I shared the information around the architecture of Microsoft Tunnel and I zoomed in on getting up-and-running with Microsoft Tunnel and getting insight in Microsoft Tunnel. This post will provide a quick summary of that session about the different important components of Microsoft Tunnel and how to get connected to Microsoft Tunnel. Most of that information will be summarized in tables and slides. The slides (PDF) of that session are available for download here. Main components of Microsoft Tunnel The Microsoft Tunnel …

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Simplifying targetting groups of apps with app protection policies

This week is all about the simplification in targetting groups of apps with app protection policies and a followup on my tweet of last week. That tweet provided a quick peak at the new targetting options of app protection policies for Android and iOS/iPadOS devices. The great thing about that simplification is that app protection policies can now be targeted at different categories (or groups) of apps. Those categories of apps are All apps, All Microsoft apps and Core Microsoft apps, and are dynamically updated to include the appropriate apps. That dynamic update will make sure that the already created app protection policies are automatically updated with the latest apps that are available for the different categories and will also make sure that newly created …

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Getting new users quickly up-and-running with Temporary Access Pass

This week is a little follow-up on a post of a couple of months ago and about connecting pieces of the puzzle. That post was around Temporary Access Pass (TAP). Even though that post was focused on Windows devices, it did provide some hints for using TAP on mobile devices (Android, iOS) also. An often seen and heard challenge is related to getting new user up-and-running. Especially when requiring Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) for device enrollment, or when trying to work completely passwordless. Those scenarios introduce chicken-and-egg situations as a device must be registered for usage with MFA and the registration requires MFA, or when trying to work passwordless and an authentication method must be registered to be able to work passwordless. So, to get a …

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Enhancing the Work Profile experience with system apps

This week is all around enhancing the Work Profile experience with the most common system apps on Android devices. Getting the right system apps available within the Work Profile can enhance the user experience and the data separation. Mainly the latter actually, as for more apps the experience will be divided between a personal app and a work app. And that’s not always the best user experience. That could be useful when looking at for example the Camera app. Without adding that app to the Work Profile, all movies and pictures will be stored in the Personal Profile. This post will start with a quick overview of the most common Android Enterprise system apps, followed with the steps for managing (read: enabling) those apps. This …

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Android Enterprise and Microsoft Intune: A quick summary

This week my post is a few days later, as my post is an extension of my session at the Workplace Ninja Virtual Summit 2021. At the virtual summit I did a session about Why you might want to use corporate-owned devices with Work Profile. During that session I shared a summary about Android Enterprise and I zoomed in on the capabilities of corporate-owned devices with Work Profile. This post will provide a summary of that session about the different important components of Android Enterprise and how that integrates and works with Microsoft Intune, followed with a zoom-in on corporate-owned devices with Work Profile. Most of that information will be summarized in tables and slides. The slides (PDF) of that session are available for download here. Android …

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Integrating Samsung Knox E-FOTA One with Microsoft Intune

This week is all about Samsung Knox Enterprise Firmware-Over-The-Air (E-FOTA). Samsung Knox E-FOTA is available in three editions, of which Samsung Knox E-FOTA One is the most advanced edition. That edition is also the subject of this post. Knox E-FOTA enables organizations to manage OS versions and security updates on corporate Samsung Knox devices. That enables organizations to extensively test updates on their devices in combination with their apps to make sure that new OS versions and security updates won’t cause any issues. Together with Microsoft Intune that experience can be even better. Microsoft Intune can be used to configure already managed Samsung Knox devices to use Knox E-FOTA and Microsoft Intune can also be used to synchronize groups with Samsung Knox devices to Knox …

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