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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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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Using filters for assigning apps, policies and profiles to specific devices

This week is all about filters. Filters are basically a super-set of the functionalities of applicability rules – already available for a while for Windows 10 – and are a great new addition to assigning apps policies and profiles to specific devices. Those specific devices are only the devices that meet the specific properties that are configured in the filters. A great method for specifically targeting apps, policies and profiles. This post starts with a short introduction about filters, followed with information about creating and using filters (including the steps for using and creating filters). This post ends with the administrator experience with filters. Introducing filters For device configuration profiles for Windows 10 devices it was already possible to use applicability rules. Applicability rules would …

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Conditional access and registering or joining devices to Azure AD

This week is all about registering and joining devices to Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). More specifically, about requiring multi-factor authentication (MFA) when registering or joining devices to Azure AD. Starting with March 2021, Azure AD contains a new feature in Conditional Access (CA) that provides more flexibility for requiring MFA when registering or joining devices to Azure AD. That new feature is the Register or join devices user action. This post will start with a short introduction about that new user action, followed with the steps to configure that user action. This post will end with a look at sign-in logs. Important: The Register or join devices user action is also the new recommended method for enforcing MFA when registering or joining a device …

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Using Microsoft Defender for Endpoint in app protection policies for Android and iOS

This week is all about some new and exiting functionality related to Microsoft Defender for Endpoint (MDE) that was announced around Microsoft Ignite. That new and exiting functionality is that MDE risk signals can now be used in app protection policies for Android and iOS. Those signals are based on the protection against phishing, unsafe network connections (on Android and iOS), and malicious apps (on Android only). That enables the usage of MDE on unmanaged devices for even better protection of work data. This behavior can be achieved by configuring an integration between MDE and Microsoft Intune, to send the required signals to Microsoft Intune, and by configuring an app protection policy, to create a conditional launch for the app, based on the signals provided …

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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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Using Samsung Knox Mobile Enrollment with Microsoft Intune

This week is all about using Samsung Knox Mobile Enrollment (KME) for automatically enrolling Samsung Knox devices into Microsoft Intune. The idea of Samsung KME is similar to Windows Autopilot and Apple ADE. It’s all about streamlining the enrollment experience for corporate-owned devices. By using Samsung KME in combination with Microsoft Intune, a smooth out-of-the-box experience enables users to be up-and-running in no time. That can be achieved by uploading Samsung Knox devices in Samsung KME and assigning MDM profiles to those devices. This post will start with the important prerequisites, followed with the steps for creating a MDM profile in Samsung KME. This post ends with assigning the MDM profile to devices in Samsung KME and a quick look at the user experience. Note: …

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Quick tip: Enable browser access on Android Enterprise corporate-owned devices

This week a quick tip about enabling browser access on Android Enterprise Corporate-Owned Fully Managed devices and Android Enterprise Corporate-Owned devices with Work Profile, to work with device-based Conditional Access. That will enable the user to eventually use different apps for accessing company data. That includes for example using the Chrome browser app for accessing SharePoint Online or Exchange Online. On the Android Enterprise devices, this requires a configuration in the Microsoft Authenticator app. In this post I’ll simply provide the steps that are required within the Microsoft Authenticator app. Note: Before providing the mentioned steps, a big thank you to Pat Freeman for pointing me in the right direction. Enable browser access in the Microsoft Authenticator app When knowing the availability of the setting, …

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Android Enterprise and Microsoft Intune: And Android Device Policy

I’ve mentioned Android Device Policy before, earlier this year, in my post about Android Enterprise and Microsoft Intune. In that post, however, I’ve only briefly mentioned that app, while that app is an important piece of the Microsoft management solution for corporate-owned devices. That’s why I thought it would be good to devote a blog post to that app. To simply show it’s importance. Android Device Policy is really important for configuring managed devices and also provides some nice capabilities. The importance should be familiar with any IT administrator, responsible for managing Android devices, and those capabilities are sometimes slightly hidden, but provide a good starting point for troubleshooting. Especially when verifying whether settings are already applied or not. In this post I’ll start with …

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Android Enterprise and Microsoft Intune: And the additional configuration layer

This week is all around another Android Enterprise related subject. This week is about the additional configuration layer that is also known as OEMConfig. OEMConfig provides OEMs with the capabilities of building an additional configuration layer on top of the configuration layer that is provided out-of-the-box via the Android Management API. That provides Microsoft Intune with the possibility to implement support for OEMConfig and that provides the OEM with the possibility to implement additional configuration options via OEMConfig. That enables the OEM to quickly introduce new features, without having to wait on Microsoft Intune to introduce those new features. In this post I’ll start with a further introduction to OEMConfig, followed with an example of using OEMConfig. In that example I’ll use the Samsung Knox …

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