Enhance Update Compliance with a custom Workbook in Microsoft Endpoint Manager admin center

This week is all about enhancing Update Compliance by using a custom Workbook within the Microsoft Endpoint Manager admin console. The Update Compliance Workbook. That Update Compliance Workbook enables the IT administrator to get a quick view on the most important details. Besides that, adding that Update Compliance Workbook in the Microsoft Endpoint Manager admin center enables the IT administrator to pin the different queries of that Update Compliance Workbook to the dashboard. That provides the IT administrator with a dashboard that contains all the status information about the Microsoft Intune environment and a quick overview of the update status of the Windows 10 devices within that environment. This post provides that Update Compliance Workbook with the most important status information coming from the Update …

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Using authentication contexts to add step-up authentication to specific SharePoint sites

This week is all about authentication contexts. Authentication contexts are another great feature for Condition Access policies. That feature enables IT administrators to further secure data and actions in apps, by providing a step-up authentication. Those apps can be custom apps, SharePoint sites, Privileged Identity Management (PIM), and even apps protected by Microsoft Cloud App Security (MCAS). The focus of this post is on authentication contexts with SharePoint sites. This post starts with an introduction to authentication contexts, followed with the different activities to create authentication contexts, to assign Conditional Access policies to authentication contexts and to tag SharePoint sites with authentication context. This post ends with experiencing authentication contexts. Important: At the moment of writing, authentication contexts are still public preview. For Azure AD …

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Using filters for devices as condition in Conditional Access policies

This week is also all about filters. Last week was about filters for assigning apps, policies and profiles to specific devices in Microsoft Intune and this week is about filters for devices as a condition in Conditional Access policies. Filters for devices are a nice addition to Conditional Access policies to only target specific devices. A great option for addressing specific scenarios. This post starts with a short introduction about filters for devices, followed with the steps for configuring a filter within a Conditional Access policy. This post ends with the administrator experience. Important: At the moment of writing, filters for devices are still public preview. For Azure AD features that means that the feature is provided without a service level agreement, and that the …

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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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Enhance inventory reporting with local administrator information

This week is all about enhancing inventory reporting with information about the local administrators on the managed Windows 10 devices. This time is not about managing the different local administrators on those Windows 10 devices, but this time is about creating a report that provides insights to the different local administrators that are configured on those Windows 10 devices. The solution to enhance the inventory reporting, relies on PowerShell, Log analytics, Workbooks and the Azure Monitor HTTP Data Collector API. PowerShell is used to gather the information on the local device and uses the Azure Monitor HTTP Data Collector API to write the gathered information to Log analytics. Workbooks are used to visualize the gathered data from Log analytics. This solution is inspired and based …

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Locating lost or stolen Windows 10 devices

This week is all about a small new feature for Windows 10 devices that was introduced with the latest service release of Microsoft Intune. That new feature is the ability to find lost or stolen Windows 10 devices. Starting with the 2104 service release of Microsoft Intune, the Locate device remote device action – already available for supervised iOS and iPadOs device – also becomes available for Windows 10 devices. That enables IT administrators to find lost or stolen Windows 10 devices. This post will start by going through the information about the new remote action, including the implications, followed with the steps for configuring the privacy settings. This post will end by showing the IT administrator and user experience. Introduction to the location service …

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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 Setup Assistant with modern authentication

This week is all about the support for a new authentication method when using Automated Device Enrollment (ADE). That new authentication method is Setup Assistant with modern authentication and is available for iOS/iPadOS devices running version 13.0 and later and for macOS devices running version 10.15 and later. Setup Assistant with modern authentication enables organizations to require authentication with Azure AD, including the ability to require MFA, and enables users to immediately use their device. This post provides an introduction to this new authentication method, followed with the steps to configure an enrollment profile with this new authentication method. This post ends with a quick look at the enrollment experience when using Setup Assistant with modern authentication. Note: At the moment of writing Setup Assistant …

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Working with supersedence relationships for Win32 apps

This week is all about Win32 apps in Microsoft Intune. Last year I’ve written a lot about the different features of Win32 apps and now, starting with the 2102 service release of Microsoft Intune, there is a new feature for Win32 apps. That feature is the ability to create supersendence relationships between different Win32 apps. That relationship can be used to update a Win32 app to a newer version of the Win32 app, or to replace a Win32 app with a different version of the Win32 app. Actually, it can even be used to replace a Win32 app with a completely different Win32 app. This post will start with the theory of supersedence relationships for Win32 apps, followed with the steps to configure a supersedence …

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Working with Exploit Protection to protect devices from being exploited

This week is all about Exploit Protection. An often overlooked security feature that is available in the Windows Security app, screaming for more awareness. Exploit Protection was originally introduced as one of the four main components of Windows Defender Exploit Guard (Exploit Guard). Exploit Guard itself was introduced as a major update to Microsoft Defender Antivirus, in Windows 10 version 1709, and was the successor of Enhance Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET). Actually, the Exploit Protection component contains the actual replacement functionality of EMET, and more. Nowadays Exploit Protection is part of the App & browser control section in the Windows Security app, but many configuration paths still refer to Exploit Guard. In this post I’ll start with an introduction about Exploit protection, followed with the …

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