Categorizing devices

This week something completely different as the last couple of weeks. This week no conditional access and nothing specifically related to Windows 10 devices. This week it’s all about categorizing devices. Within Microsoft Intune hybrid this functionality is named Device Categories and within Microsoft Intune standalone this functionality is named Device Group Mapping. Both of these functionalities can be used to achieve the same goal. In this post I’ll provide some more information, I’ll describe the configuration in Microsoft Intune hybrid and Microsoft Intune standalone and I’ll show the end-user experience. Information Categorizing devices can be useful to differentiate between device categories. For example, to differentiate between devices used by users of the sales department and the users of the human resources department. When categorizing …

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Simplify enrollment for Windows 10 devices

This week a small blog post about simplifying the enrollment experience for Windows 10 devices. When enrolling a Windows 10 device, for mobile device management (MDM), the end-user has to perform a specific enrollment procedure. That enrollment procedure can be simplified by providing the end-user with a deep link. This blog post will provide the configuration for that deep link and the end-user experience. Configuration The configuration is fairly simple, but, to many people, unknown. Providing the configuration, as part of this blog post, is mainly for creating awareness about the available configuration option. Windows 10 devices can be connected to MDM by using a deep link. In that case end-users will be able to click, or open, a link, from anywhere in Windows 10, …

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Bulk enrollment for Windows 10 devices

My first post after my vacation will be about bulk enrollment for Windows 10 devices. Not bulk enrollment for on-premises enrollment, but bulk enrollment for cloud enrollment. In other words, Microsoft Intune is required. This blog post will contain a short introduction about bulk enrollment, the configuration of bulk enrollment and the end-user and administrator experience with bulk enrollment. Introduction Bulk enrollment is a more automated method for enrolling devices, as compared to normal end-user enrollment, which requires end-users to enter their credentials to enroll the device. Bulk enrollment uses an enrollment package to authenticate the device during enrollment. That enrollment package also contains a certificate profile and optionally a Wi-Fi profile. At this moment bulk enrollment for Windows 10 devices is not supported, or …

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Conditional access for Exchange Online to the max

This week I want to show another look at conditional for Exchange Online. I want to do that by providing a scenario. That scenario will cover more than just conditional access. Mainly because conditional access simply blocks access to non-compliant devices, but what if I want to take it one step further? What if I also want to prevent potential data leakage? In that case I can’t just look at conditional access. In that case I also need to add mobile app management to the playing field. This post will address those subjects for Exchange Online. Scenario Now lets start with the scenario that I want to cover. Even though I know that I will use Microsoft Intune and related technologies to do the configuration, …

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Conditional access for browsers

This week I’ll provide an overview about the latest addition to conditional access, which is conditional access for browsers. It’s a feature that many have been waiting for and a feature that is indeed a pretty welcome addition to conditional access. This post will provide the basics about conditional for browses, the configuration of conditional access for browsers and the end-user experience with conditional access for browsers. It will also be the introduction for something much better next week. Introduction Conditional access allows IT organizations to manage access to corporate email, files and other resources based on customizable conditions that ensure security and compliance. The addition of conditional access for browsers addresses the backdoor that still existed for end-users connecting to the Outlook Web App …

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Windows 10 MDM and the MDM Bridge WMI Provider

This week another blog post about Windows 10 and OMA-DM, but this week will be short and different. Starting this week I won’t be referring to OMA-DM anymore, instead I’ll be referring to Windows 10 MDM. The main reason for that is change is to align with Microsoft. Also, it simply makes more sense. OMA-DM is the standards based protocol on which the Windows 10 MDM protocol is based. In other words, Windows 10 MDM is not exactly the same as the OMA-DM standards. Technically speaking it’s not wrong to refer to OMA-DM, but it simply makes more sense to refer to Windows 10 MDM. That being said, this blog post will be different for another reason. This week I’ll try to bring Windows 10 …

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Managing Windows Update for Business on Windows 10 via OMA-DM

This week another blog post about Windows 10 and OMA-DM. This week I’m going to have a look at managing Windows Update for Business on Windows 10. However, this time I’ll group the currently available policy settings per subject, to easily provide some more background information. Also, by now I assume that I don’t have to go through all the steps to create a Configuration Item or a Configuration Policy anymore. To manage Windows Update for Business, IT organizations can use the Policy configuration service provider (CSP) and to report about Windows Update for Business IT organizations can mainly use the Update CSP. During this blog post I’ll provide more information about Windows Update for Business, the Policy CSP, the Update CSP and the available …

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Reporting Windows Defender health on Windows 10 via OMA-DM

About a year ago I did a blog post about managing Windows Defender on Windows 10 via OMA-DM, by using the available policies in the Policy CSP. This week I’m going to have another look at Windows Defender, on Windows 10, but this time from a reporting perspective. This time I want to report about the health of Windows Defender on the Windows 10 devices that are managed via OMA-DM. To get that type of information I can use the Defender configuration service provider (CSP). The Defender CSP contains the information about the health of Windows Defender. During this blog post I’ll go through the Defender CSP, the required configuration to get the Windows Defender health information and the administrator experience. Defender CSP Before starting …

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Conditional access, Windows 10 and Microsoft Intune: What are the compliance options?

Recently Microsoft released a couple of blog posts about The Path to Modernizing Windows Management and about Clear & Simple Guidance: When ConfigMgr and Intune should be used with Windows 10, which should be really helpful with deciding how to managing the Windows 10 devices within an organization. I would really recommend everybody to read those posts. This blog post will not be directly related, but will continue on a more detailed level about the options for conditional access and Windows 10 devices. In this blog post I will provide nice tables of the different compliance rules, for Windows 10 devices, that are currently available for Microsoft Intune standalone and Microsoft Intune hybrid. In those tables I’ll show the different management scenarios and the currently …

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Conditional access and health attestation

This week another blog post about conditional access. And another blog post that is triggered by a feature that is introduced in ConfigMgr 1602. However, this time it’s about a feature that already did exist in Microsoft Intune standalone. I’m talking about the new conditional access rule that uses the Health Attestation Service. This new rule creates the ability to ensure that Windows 10 devices have trustworthy BIOS, TPM, and boot software configurations enabled. In this blog post I’ll show the detailed configuration steps for Microsoft Intune hybrid and I’ll briefly note the most important configurations for Microsoft Intune standalone. Introduction Device health attestation is an additional level of restricting access to Exchange Online and SharePoint Online for Windows 10 devices. Currently only available for …

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