Getting started with User Enrollment for iOS/iPadOS devices

This week is all around the User Enrollment option that was introduced with iOS 13 and iPadOS 13.1 and that is currently available as preview functionality in Microsoft Intune. User Enrollment feels similar to what already can be achieved on Android devices with Work Profiles. A separation between personal data and company data. In this post I’ll start with a short introduction about User Enrollment, followed with the steps to created an enrollment profile that will facilitate the User Enrollment. I’ll end this post by show the end-user experience during the enrollment and after the enrollment. Introduction to User Enrollment User Enrollment is created and designed by Apple to facilitate an enrollment and management scenario for Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD). That enrollment and management …

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Quick tip: Manually adding devices to Apple Business Manager

This week a quick extra post. I noticed that there was not a lot of information available regarding manually adding devices to Apple Business Manager (ABM) for usage with Automated Device Enrollment (ADE). That makes sense, because the idea is that devices are automatically added to ABM after purchase. However, sometimes it’s useful to be able to manually add devices. Manually adding devices, can be achieved the easiest by following the two steps described below. Before starting with those steps make sure that: an enrollment program token is available and that the synchronization between ABM and Microsoft Intune is active, Find My {AppleDevice} is disabled, and that a mobile configuration is available that contains the WiFi configuration to simplify the enrollment Step 1: Create an …

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Federated authentication for Managed Apple IDs

This week is all about federated authentication for Managed Apple IDs. When using Microsoft Intune for managing Apple devices, the use of Managed Apple IDs is adding more and more value to the solution. That value gets even more when those Managed Apple IDs are federated with Azure AD. That would provide the user with a single account to remember and to use. Together that brings a very nice experience to Apple devices that are using federated Managed Apple IDs and are managed with Microsoft Intune. In this post I’ll discuss and describe the following information regarding Managed Apple IDs: What are Managed Apple IDs and why using them? Federated authentication for Managed Apple IDs Automatically provisioned users from Azure AD Provisioned user with federated …

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Getting started with Microsoft Defender for Endpoint for iOS

Microsoft recently declared Microsoft Defender for Endpoint (MDE) for iOS – previously known as Microsoft Defender ATP for iOS – general available. That’s really good news and also a really good trigger for a new blog post. This post will be similar to my post earlier about MDE for Android. MDE for iOS provides protection against phishing and unsafe network connections. All events and alerts around those subjects will be available in the Microsoft Defender Security Center and will be used to determine the risk level of the device. To add-on to that, through the connection with Microsoft Intune that risk information can be used to determine the compliance of the device with the company policies and to determine the eventual access of the device …

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Easily configuring the Microsoft Enterprise SSO plug-in for Apple devices

This week is all about the Microsoft Enterprise SSO plug-in for Apple devices. Both, iOS/iPadOS and macOS devices. That plug-in provides single sign-on (SSO) for Azure AD accounts across all apps that support the enterprise SSO feature of Apple. The plug-in is provided on iOS/iPadOS devices as an extension of the Microsoft Authenticator app and the plug-in is provided on macOS devices as an extension of the Company Portal app. The extensions can be enabled by using Microsoft Intune. In this post I’ll start with having a look at the configuration options, followed with the configuration steps. I’ll end this post by having a look at the end-user experience. Important: Keep in mind that, at the moment of writing, this is still preview functionality. Configuration options …

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Getting familiar with Microsoft Tunnel Gateway

This week is a follow-up on my post of a few weeks ago about getting started with Microsoft Tunnel Gateway. In that post I’ve showed how to get started with Microsoft Tunnel Gateway and in this post I want to show how to get more familiar with Microsoft Tunnel Gateway. Getting to know the installation location, getting to know the configuration files, getting to know the log files and getting to know a few important commands for more information. All of that will eventually help with getting more familiar with Microsoft Tunnel Gateway. In this post I’ll look a few directories, files, logs and commands. Also in that order. Directories Let’s start with a few directories. Actually, one directory and a few sub-directories. After the installation …

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Getting started with Microsoft Tunnel Gateway

This week is all about the just, during Microsoft Ignite 2020, released Microsoft Tunnel Gateway (often referred to as Microsoft Tunnel or Tunnel). Microsoft Tunnel Gateway is a new solution that can provide iOS and Android devices with access to on-premises resources. In other words, Microsoft Tunnel Gateway is a VPN solution. The best part of Microsoft Tunnel Gateway is that it fully integrates with a Microsoft 365 solution and that it’s included in the existing Microsoft Intune license. That integration is also one of the strongest points of Microsoft Tunnel Gateway, as it also provides single sign-on capabilities and even conditional access. All of that with a relatively simple deployment. Also, to work with Microsoft Tunnel Gateway, Microsoft released the Microsoft Tunnel app for …

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Customizing the Microsoft Intune Company Portal app and website

This week is all about customizing the Microsoft Intune Company Portal app and website. The main trigger for this subject are the recently introduced additional customization options. Besides configuring default branding and support information, the list of actual specific customization configurations is growing and providing more and more options for an organization specific look-and-feel. That includes the option for creating multiple different customization policies. In this post I’ll go through the different customization options and policies. I’ll end this post by having a quick look at the end-user experience. Company Portal app and website customization options Now let’s have a look at the Company Portal app and website customization options. To do that, I want to walk through the different customization options and explain the …

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Pushing notifications to users on iOS and Android devices

This week is all about the different options in Microsoft Intune to send push notifications to users on iOS (and iPadOS) and Android devices. The trigger of this post is the option to send push notifications as an action for noncompliance, which was introduced with the 2005 service release of Microsoft Intune. Besides that, it was already possible to send custom notifications to a single device, to the devices of a group of users, or as a bulk action to multiple devices. In this post I want to go through the different options for sending push notifications, followed by showing the end-user experience. Send custom notifications Custom notifications can be used to push a notification to the users of managed iOS (including iPadOS) and Android …

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Conditional access and ipadOS

Update: Azure AD has taken a change in how they recognize the browsers so conditional access will now work as expected when creating an iPad conditional access policy and browsing to the modern desktop-class browsing experience on iPadOS. For more information see this article. Maybe a little overdue, but this week is all about ipadOS in combination with conditional access. At the end of September, Apple released ipadOS. A new platform for iPad. One of the ideas behind ipadOS is to provide “desktop-class browsing with Safari”. That desktop-class browsing is achieved by making sure that the Safari browser on ipadOS will present itself as a Safari browser on macOS. That change introduces a few challenges in combination with conditional access. I know that a lot …

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