Backup and restore Android Enterprise fully managed devices

This week is something completely different compared to the last couple of weeks. This week is back to the Android platform. More specifically, backing up and restoring data on Android Enterprise fully managed devices. An often heard challenge with Android Enterprise managed devices, is the lack of available functionalities for restoring data from an old device to a new device. So, the ability to backup the data on the old device and to restore the data on the new device. That’s challenging as there is simply a lack of available backup functionality when relying on Android Enterprise. The Samsung Smart Switch app could be a solution for that challenge. It enables users to seamlessly transfers contacts, photos, music, videos, messages, notes, calendars and more to …

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Freezing the install of system updates on Android Enterprise corporate-owned devices

This week is all about a very recent new introduced feature for Android Enterprise corporate-owned devices. That feature is the ability to freeze the install of system updates for a period of time. Freezing system updates on Android Enterprise corporate-owned devices enables organizations to stick to a specific version of Android for the specified period of time. That can be usefull to get the right support of the vendor of an app, or to make sure that a specific app works with the latest verison of Android. That level of control makes Android more and more enterprise ready, without the need of additional management tooling (OEMConfig). This post will start with a quick introduction to the freeze period for system updates, followed with the steps …

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Microsoft Tunnel Gateway: A quick overview

This week my post is a few days later, as my post is an extension of my session at the Nordic Virtual Summit Second Edition. At the virtual summit I did a session about Getting access to on-premises resources with Microsoft Tunnel. During that session I shared the information around the architecture of Microsoft Tunnel and I zoomed in on getting up-and-running with Microsoft Tunnel and getting insight in Microsoft Tunnel. This post will provide a quick summary of that session about the different important components of Microsoft Tunnel and how to get connected to Microsoft Tunnel. Most of that information will be summarized in tables and slides. The slides (PDF) of that session are available for download here. Main components of Microsoft Tunnel The Microsoft Tunnel …

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Simplifying targetting groups of apps with app protection policies

This week is all about the simplification in targetting groups of apps with app protection policies and a followup on my tweet of last week. That tweet provided a quick peak at the new targetting options of app protection policies for Android and iOS/iPadOS devices. The great thing about that simplification is that app protection policies can now be targeted at different categories (or groups) of apps. Those categories of apps are All apps, All Microsoft apps and Core Microsoft apps, and are dynamically updated to include the appropriate apps. That dynamic update will make sure that the already created app protection policies are automatically updated with the latest apps that are available for the different categories and will also make sure that newly created …

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Getting new users quickly up-and-running with Temporary Access Pass

This week is a little follow-up on a post of a couple of months ago and about connecting pieces of the puzzle. That post was around Temporary Access Pass (TAP). Even though that post was focused on Windows devices, it did provide some hints for using TAP on mobile devices (Android, iOS) also. An often seen and heard challenge is related to getting new user up-and-running. Especially when requiring Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) for device enrollment, or when trying to work completely passwordless. Those scenarios introduce chicken-and-egg situations as a device must be registered for usage with MFA and the registration requires MFA, or when trying to work passwordless and an authentication method must be registered to be able to work passwordless. So, to get a …

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Android Enterprise and Microsoft Intune: A quick summary

This week my post is a few days later, as my post is an extension of my session at the Workplace Ninja Virtual Summit 2021. At the virtual summit I did a session about Why you might want to use corporate-owned devices with Work Profile. During that session I shared a summary about Android Enterprise and I zoomed in on the capabilities of corporate-owned devices with Work Profile. This post will provide a summary of that session about the different important components of Android Enterprise and how that integrates and works with Microsoft Intune, followed with a zoom-in on corporate-owned devices with Work Profile. Most of that information will be summarized in tables and slides. The slides (PDF) of that session are available for download here. Android …

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Integrating Samsung Knox E-FOTA One with Microsoft Intune

This week is all about Samsung Knox Enterprise Firmware-Over-The-Air (E-FOTA). Samsung Knox E-FOTA is available in three editions, of which Samsung Knox E-FOTA One is the most advanced edition. That edition is also the subject of this post. Knox E-FOTA enables organizations to manage OS versions and security updates on corporate Samsung Knox devices. That enables organizations to extensively test updates on their devices in combination with their apps to make sure that new OS versions and security updates won’t cause any issues. Together with Microsoft Intune that experience can be even better. Microsoft Intune can be used to configure already managed Samsung Knox devices to use Knox E-FOTA and Microsoft Intune can also be used to synchronize groups with Samsung Knox devices to Knox …

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Using Samsung Knox Mobile Enrollment with Microsoft Intune

This week is all about using Samsung Knox Mobile Enrollment (KME) for automatically enrolling Samsung Knox devices into Microsoft Intune. The idea of Samsung KME is similar to Windows Autopilot and Apple ADE. It’s all about streamlining the enrollment experience for corporate-owned devices. By using Samsung KME in combination with Microsoft Intune, a smooth out-of-the-box experience enables users to be up-and-running in no time. That can be achieved by uploading Samsung Knox devices in Samsung KME and assigning MDM profiles to those devices. This post will start with the important prerequisites, followed with the steps for creating a MDM profile in Samsung KME. This post ends with assigning the MDM profile to devices in Samsung KME and a quick look at the user experience. Note: …

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Quick tip: Enable browser access on Android Enterprise corporate-owned devices

This week a quick tip about enabling browser access on Android Enterprise Corporate-Owned Fully Managed devices and Android Enterprise Corporate-Owned devices with Work Profile, to work with device-based Conditional Access. That will enable the user to eventually use different apps for accessing company data. That includes for example using the Chrome browser app for accessing SharePoint Online or Exchange Online. On the Android Enterprise devices, this requires a configuration in the Microsoft Authenticator app. In this post I’ll simply provide the steps that are required within the Microsoft Authenticator app. Note: Before providing the mentioned steps, a big thank you to Pat Freeman for pointing me in the right direction. Enable browser access in the Microsoft Authenticator app When knowing the availability of the setting, …

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Android Enterprise and Microsoft Intune: And Android Device Policy

I’ve mentioned Android Device Policy before, earlier this year, in my post about Android Enterprise and Microsoft Intune. In that post, however, I’ve only briefly mentioned that app, while that app is an important piece of the Microsoft management solution for corporate-owned devices. That’s why I thought it would be good to devote a blog post to that app. To simply show it’s importance. Android Device Policy is really important for configuring managed devices and also provides some nice capabilities. The importance should be familiar with any IT administrator, responsible for managing Android devices, and those capabilities are sometimes slightly hidden, but provide a good starting point for troubleshooting. Especially when verifying whether settings are already applied or not. In this post I’ll start with …

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