Common Criteria Mode for corporate-owned Android Enterprise devices

This week something completely different compared to the last few weeks. While the last last few weeks were all about the great simplicity of Windows 365 Enterprise, this week is all about Android Enterprise. Different platform, theoretically possibly the same device. With the introduction of Android 11 (API level 30), some nice new features were introduced for enterprises. That includes the addition of the Common Criteria (CC) Mode. CC Mode already exists for a few years for Samsung Knox devices and – in combination with Microsoft Intune – already could be configured by using OEMConfig (with the KSP app), but is now available by default within Android Enterprise. Even better, with one of the latest service releases (2207) of Microsoft Intune that can now be …

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Welcome to the still growing Android device management jungle: A summary

The second short post of this week is another extension of one of my sessions at the Workplace Ninja Summit 2022. At the summit I did my second session about Welcome to the still growing Android device management jungle. During that session I shared information around the still growing device management options for Android devices, pointers that can help with making the right decisions and information around the different configuration options. This post will provide a quick summary of that session by going through the different management options, providing important differences and summarizing the main configuration capabilities. The slides (PDF) of that session are available for download here. Android (device) management options When looking at the Android (device) management options, there are many options. And the number …

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Creating the path for mobile devices to on-premises resources: A summary

This week a few shorter posts, as my posts this week are extensions of my sessions at the Workplace Ninja Summit 2022. At the summit I did my first session about Creating the path for mobile devices to on-premises resources. During that session I shared information around the architecture and flow of Microsoft Tunnel, I zoomed in on getting up-and-running with Microsoft Tunnel and showed getting insight of Microsoft Tunnel. This post will provide a quick summary of that session by quickly showing the architecture and flow of Microsoft Tunnel and by showing the summary and reminders. The slides (PDF) of that session are available for download here. Architecting Microsoft Tunnel An important part of creating the Microsoft Tunnel infrastructure is a solid architecture. In most cases that …

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Easily managing Cloud PCs

The last few weeks were all about getting started with Windows 365 Enterprise Cloud PCs and Microsoft Dev Box. And especially for Windows 365 Enterprise also looking at the main different configuration options. As both are based on the same foundation, the result of both is a Cloud PC that is automatically enrolled and managed by Microsoft Intune. That automatic enrollment makes sure that it’s very easy to get started with managing Cloud PCs. By automatically enrolling into Microsoft Intune, all the standard Windows device management capabilities are also available for Cloud PCs. That means: device configurations, device compliance, application deployment, update management and reporting. This post provides a quick overview of the options that become available for easily managing Cloud PCs and that are …

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Getting started with Microsoft Dev Box

The last couple of blog post were all about getting starting with Windows 365 Enterprise Cloud PC. The first blog post, after a nice vacation, had to continue in that area. Just with a twist. This week all about Microsoft Dev Box. Microsoft Dev Box is now in preview and is a new managed service provided by Microsoft that builds on the strong foundation of Windows 365. That new managed service enables developers to create on-demand, high-performance, secure, ready-to-code, project-specific workstations in the cloud. The best part of it is that it enables developers to create their own dev boxes, within the provided technical and financial limits. The idea of this post is to show how IT administrators provide the technical framework, how development teams …

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Device compliance for Windows 365 Enterprise Cloud PCs

This week is a short follow-up on my posts of the last couple of weeks about getting started with Windows 365 Enterprise. One of the items that was not specifically addressed is device compliance. In general it would be great to address Cloud PCs like any other laptop or desktop within the organization. There are, however, some differences to keep in mind and that might require organizations to use a slightly adjusted configuration for Cloud PCs. One of the main reason for that could be disk encryption. This post will address how disk encryption is different for Cloud PCs and also how other hardening features are similar for Cloud PCs. Besides that, this post will provide an easy method to work with exceptions for Cloud …

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Getting started with Windows 365 Enterprise using a custom image

The last couple of weeks were mainly focused on getting started with Windows 365 Enterprise. Mainly focused on the networking configurations and join types of Cloud PCs. This week the focus will go to the more advanced imaging options. When looking specifically at Windows 11, the available Gallery image only contains the Microsoft 365 apps for enterprise. In some scenarios that might not be sufficient and some tuning and additional apps are required. In those cases, it’s always possible to rely on a custom image. An image that is based on the same starting point, but tuned to be a better fit for that specific scenario. This post will go through a simple process for creating an image based on an Azure Virtual Machine (VM), …

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Getting started with Windows 365 Enterprise using an Azure Network Connection

This week is a follow-up on last week. Last week was about Windows 365 Enterprise in its simplest form, while this week will be about the more advanced networking forms of Windows 365 Enterprise. In other words, the different options of the Azure network connections and what it brings to Cloud PCs. For a quick introduction about Cloud PCs in its simplest form, with a Microsoft hosted network connection, have a look at that previous post. The more advanced networking connections enable organizations to create a connection with an on-premises environment. That on-premises environment can be an environment running in Azure, or an environment running in any datacenter. As long as it’s connected. The idea of this post is to provide the basics around the …

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Getting started with Windows 365 Enterprise using a Microsoft Hosted Network

This week is not about something totally new, but it is about something that really deserves a place on this blog. It’s all about Windows 365 Enterprise. More specifically, Windows 365 Enterprise in its simplest form, in a Microsoft Hosted Network. Windows 365 Enterprise is a cloud-service provided by Microsoft that will automatically create Windows virtual machines (a.k.a. Cloud PCs) for licensed users. A very straight forward method to provide users with a personal PC from the cloud (a.k.a. Cloud PC). It combines the strengths of different Microsoft products by relying on Microsoft Endpoint Manager for management, by relying on Azure AD for identity and access control and by relying on Azure Virtual Desktop for remote connectivity. The idea of this post is to provide …

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Easily managing Universal Print printers on Windows 11 devices

This week is al about Microsoft Universal Print. Not, however, about the concept, the connectors, the printers, or the printer shares. Just about the configuration, via Microsoft Intune, on Windows devices. And in particular, at this moment, Windows 11 devices. Windows 11 devices now contain the UniversalPrint CSP that can be used to easily configure Universal Print printers on Windows devices. That replaces the existing Universal Print printer provisioning tool and provides a direct configuration (and integration) option with Microsoft Intune. Based on the provided configurations it retrieves the required printer information from the Universal Print service and installs the printer on the Windows device. This post will go through the available settings in the UniversalPrint CSP and the configuration via Microsoft Intune. Important [Updated: 16-08-22]: Eventually …

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