Quick tip: Configure primary device via Software Center

This week a relatively short blog post about a recently introduced feature in Configuration Manager, version 1902. That feature is the option for the user to select a device as a primary device, by using Software Center. Previously the Application Catalog was still required to provide users with that specific option. That was also practically the only reason to still use the Application Catalog. From that perspective, this also provides a clear path for further simplifying the Configuration Manager hierarchy. In this post I’ll show how to enable the option for the user to configure a primary device via Software Center, followed by the end-user experience. Configuration Now let’s have a look at the configuration that enables the option for the user to configure a …

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Always apply baseline to co-managed devices

Like the last couple of weeks, this week is also about co-management. This week is all about another nice detail that can be really useful, in specific use cases. That detail is the ability to always apply a configuration baseline to co-managed devices. Even when the Device configuration workload is switched from Configuration Manager to Microsoft Intune. That can be useful for configurations that are not available yet via Microsoft Intune, or for compliance checks that need to be performed and consolidated in one location. In this post I’ll provide a short introduction about the different configuration options, followed by the steps to configure a configuration baseline to co-managed devices when the workload is switched to Microsoft Intune. I’ll end this post with the end-results. …

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Restarting a computer couldn’t be easier!

This week I’m still staying in the new features of Configuration Manager, version 1710. This time it’s all about how easy it became to restart a client device. Restarting a client device became a right-click action! It simply couldn’t be easier! This opens up a whole new world for managing client devices with a pending restart. In this blog post, I’ll start with a short introduction about restarting a client device, followed by the simple actions to trigger a restart for a client device. I’ll end this post by following the activity through the log files. Introduction Starting with Configuration Manager, version 1710, it’s possible to use the Configuration Manager console to identify client devices that require a restart, and then use a client notification …

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The awesome world of child task sequences

Like last week I’m staying in the world of new features of Configuration Manager, version 1710. This time it’s all about the awesome world of child task sequences. Awesome. To be a bit more specific, the awesome world of child task sequences, which refers to the newly introduced task sequence step Run Task Sequence. This opens up a whole lot of options, from using specific standards throughout all deployments until enabling different administrators from maintaining their own child task sequence. In this post I’ll go through a short introduction about the Run Task Sequence step, followed by the configuration options for the Run Task Sequence step. I’ll end this post with the end result of running a child task sequence, by showing how it’s logged. …

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Setting up kiosk mode on Windows 10 via OMA-DM

A while ago I did a blog post about managing AppLocker on Windows 10 via OMA-DM. During that post I showed how to use OMA-DM, via Microsoft Intune hybrid and standalone, to configure AppLocker. In this post I’ll do something similar for setting up kiosk mode on Windows 10. Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education provide a configuration service provider (CSP) for setting up kiosk mode. That’s the AssignedAccess CSP. During this blog post I’ll go through the AssignedAccess CSP, and its required input, I’ll go through the configuration steps in Microsoft Intune hybrid and standalone and I’ll show the end-user experience with the Twitter app as an example. AssignedAccess CSP Before using the AssignedAccess CSP it’s good to get a better understanding  of …

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Quick tip: Troubleshooting device management failures on Windows 10

This is a short and quick blog post to point out where to start with troubleshooting Windows 10 device enrollment issues and Windows 10 device management issues. To start with troubleshooting, it’s important to know where to find the information about the device enrollment issues and the device management issues. This short and quick post will show the location of that information, starting with Windows 10 build 1511. Event Viewer To find the information about the device enrollment issues and device management issues, starting with Windows 10 build 1511, simply perform the following steps: Open the Event Viewer and navigate to Applications and Services Logs > Microsoft > Windows > DeviceManagement-Enterprise-Diagnostics-Provider; Select the Admin node to show the available events; (Optional) Select View > Show …

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When are devices blocked after enabling conditional access?

This week a blog post with only one purpose, and that purpose is, providing an overview. Providing an overview about when devices will be blocked after enabling conditional access. That information is available in the TechNet documentation (see the More information section of this post), but it might be a bit difficult to find. As the question pops up in the TechNet forums at a regular basis, I got the suggestion that it would be a good idea to provide a quick, but clear, overview. This post will provide nice tables, for Microsoft Intune standalone and Microsoft Intune hybrid, with the time it will take before a device will be blocked from Exchange. That information will be provided for two different setups and three different …

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Managing AppLocker on Windows 10 via OMA-DM

A while ago I did a blog post about managing Windows Defender of Windows 10 via OMA-DM. During that specific post I showed how to use OMA-DM, via Microsoft Intune standalone and hybrid, to configure Windows Defender. In this post I’ll do something similar for AppLocker. However, I have to admit that it was a bit more challenging for AppLocker. The main difference is that Windows 10 includes many different separate policy settings for Windows Defender, but provides a separate configuration service provider (CSP) for AppLocker. During this post I’ll show how to create the required AppLocker XML, what the AppLocker XML looks like, what the AppLocker CSP looks like and how to combine the AppLocker XML and the AppLocker CSP. I’ll end this post …

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Certificate profile deployment failed with the error ‘22004: Unsupported certificate configuration’

This week a short blog post about an issue that I ran into, and tweeted about, the other week. Due to the strange error message I thought it would definitely be blog worthy. The error description was 22004: Unsupported certificate configuration. However, the actual issue did not come close to what the description would imply. This post will provide a brief overview of the scenario, the issue and the solution. Scenario Let’s start with a brief overview of the scenario. The environment contains Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) and Web Application Proxy (WAP) for providing single sign-on (SSO) to the cloud services of Office 365 and Microsoft Intune. Microsoft Intune is used in a hybrid configuration with ConfigMgr and is fully configured to deploy …

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Managing the Configuration Manager console language

Let’s start this new year with a blog post about the Configuration Manager console language. I have to admit that it doesn’t really sound like an exiting subject, but it can be very useful with troubleshooting. Most issues can easily be found, on the Internet, when using the English language, while many other languages can be a lot more challenging. In this blog post I’ll go through an overview of the Configuration Manager console language behavior, the installation of the English-only Configuration Manager console and the possibility of disabling any additional Configuration Manager console languages. Note: This activities and theories in this blog post are successfully tested on ConfigMgr 2012 and ConfigMgr 1511. Configuration Manager console language behavior Now let’s start with an overview of …

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