Company Portal app enrollment for Windows 10

This week a small blog post about the Company Portal app enrollment experience, for Windows 10 Desktop devices, that has been recently added to the Company Portal app. This new experience enables the end-user to perform the enrollment procedure during the initial sign-in to the Company Portal app and aligns the enrollment experience with the other supported platforms.. This blog post will show this new enrollment experience, the new alterative enrollment experience and the end result.

Main end-user enrollment experience

Now let’s start by looking at the main new end-user enrollment experience on Windows 10 Desktop devices via the Company Portal app. This complete experience is nothing more than the following 4 simple steps.

1 CompanyPortal_01The end-user opens the Company Portal app and is prompted to provide a work or school account;
2 CompanyPortal_02The end-user provides its work account, which takes the end-user to the sign-in page of the company, provides its password and clicks Sign in;
3 CompanyPortal_03The end-user is brought to a new experience that enables the end-user to immediately start the enrollment of its device by clicking Yes;
4 CompanyPortal_04The end-user is shown a success message and only needs to click Done to continue in the Company Portal app with a successfully enrolled Windows 10 device.

Alternative end-user enrollment experience

The alternative new experience, for Windows 10 Desktop devices, is available when the end-user clicks Skip for now during step 3 mentioned above. This enables the following experience in the Company Portal app.

1 CompanyPortal_05The end-user opens the Company Portal app and should click on the message Either this device isn’t enrolled, or the Company Portal app can’t identify it. To install apps and gain access to company resources, you must enroll or identify this devices. Tap this message to get started.;
2 CompanyPortal_06The end-user is brought to a new experience that enables the end-user to immediately navigate to the standard Windows 10 enrollment experience, by clicking Enroll this device;
3 CompanyPortal_07The end-user is brought to the standard Windows 10 enrollment experience.

End result

The end result during both new enrollment experiences is the same. In both cases the end-user will end-up with a workplace joined and Microsoft Intune managed Windows 10 Desktop device, as shown below.

CompanyPortal_Result_01 CompanyPortal_Result_02
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Custom Terms and Conditions

This week I’m back in ConfigMgr and I’m back with custom Terms and Conditions. A few months ago I did my latest post about custom Terms and Conditions. That post was completely focused on Microsoft Intune standalone. Starting with ConfigMgr 1511 it’s now also possible to deploy custom Terms and Conditions through Microsoft Intune hybrid.

Custom Terms and Conditions can be deployed to end-users to explain how device enrollment, access to work resources, and using the Company Portal affects them and their devices. End-users must accept the custom Terms and Conditions before they can use the Company Portal to enroll and access their company data.

In this post I’ll show how to create, deploy, update and monitor custom Terms and Conditions in Microsoft Intune hybrid. I’ll also briefly show the end-users experience. Keep in mind that custom Terms and Conditions are deployed to users and that users only need to accept the Terms and Conditions once, unless specifically configured in an updated version of the custom Terms and Conditions.

Configuration

Now let’s start with the configuration of custom Terms and Conditions. I’ll first go through the configuration steps to create custom Terms and Conditions, followed by the configuration steps to deploy custom Terms and Conditions and I’ll finish with the configuration steps to update the custom Terms and Conditions.

Create Terms and Conditions

The first configuration activity is creating the custom Terms and Conditions. This configuration activity can be performed by simply going through the following six steps.

1 In the Configuration Manager administration console, navigate to Assets and Compliance > Overview > Compliance Settings > Terms and Conditions;
2 On the Home tab, click Create Custom Terms and Conditions to open the Create Custom Terms and Conditions Wizard;
3

On the General page, specify the following information and click Next;

  • CustomTandC._GenName: [Specify a unique name for the custom Terms and Conditions]
  • Description: [Specify details that help identifying the custom Terms and Conditions]
4

On the Terms page, specify the following information and click Next;

  • CustomTandCTitle: [Specify the title that will be displayed to the end-users in the Company Portal]
  • Text for terms: [Specify the custom Terms and Conditions that will be displayed to the end-users in the Company Portal]
  • Text to explain what it means if the user accepts: [Specify a short explanation that will be displayed to the end-users in the Company Portal]
5 On the Summary page, click Next;
6 On the Completion page, click Close.

Deploy Terms and Conditions

The second configuration activity is deploying the custom Terms and Conditions to an user collection. This configuration activity can be performed by simply going through the following three steps.

1 In the Configuration Manager administration console, navigate to Assets and Compliance > Overview > Compliance Settings > Terms and Conditions;
2 Select the new custom Terms and Conditions and in the Home tab click Deploy to open the Deploy Terms and Conditions dialog box;
3

In the Deploy Terms and Conditions dialog box, specify the following information and click OK;

  • CustomTandC_DeplName: [Grayed out]
  • Collection: [Select to the collection containing the required users]

Update Terms and Conditions

The last configuration activity is updating the custom Terms and Conditions. This is an optional activity that is only required when an update to an existing custom Terms and Conditions is required. This configuration activity can be performed by simply going through the following three steps.

1 In the Configuration Manager administration console, navigate to Assets and Compliance > Overview > Compliance Settings > Terms and Conditions;
2 Select the new custom Terms and Conditions and in the Home tab click Properties to open the Terms and Conditions Properties dialog box;
3

In the General tab and Terms tab, make the required updates, choose between the following options on the Terms tab and click OK;

  • CustomTandC_EditIncrease the version number, and require all users to accept the updated terms the next time they open the Company Portal: [Select this option when significant changes are made to the custom Terms and Conditions];
  • Keep the current version number, and require only new users to accept the updated terms: [Select this option when typos, or formats are fixed in the custom Terms and Conditions].

End-user experience

Before I’ll go to the reporting capabilities, for the custom Terms and Conditions, I think it’s important to first show the end-user experience. Depending on the number of targeted custom Terms and Conditions, the end-users can experience the behavior as shown below.

Single custom Terms and Conditions Multiple custom Terms and Conditions
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Reporting

Let’s finish this post with the reporting abilities of custom Terms and Conditions. Out-of-the-box there is one report available, named Terms and Conditions acceptance, that shows which user accepted which version of which custom Terms and Conditions. That report is available in the category Compliance and Settings Management and only shows the information about end-users that accepted the custom Terms and Conditions.

Filters Report

This report can use the following filters:

  • Terms and Conditions: [Select a specific Terms and Conditions to display];
  • User filter: [No function];
  • User Name: [Select a specific user to display].
CustomTandC_Report

More information

For more information about creating, deploying, updating and monitoring custom Terms and Conditions, please refer to:

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Company logo in the new Software Center

SoftwareCenter_TwThis time a short blog post as an answer to one of my tweets of yesterday. I’m afraid this post will take away all the flair of that tweet. The picture in that tweet looked so cool, but is actually also so simple to configure. The new Software Center will actually just take the Company Logo as configured in the Microsoft Intune Subscription Properties.

Configuration

Now let’s quickly go through the configuration. Assuming a Microsoft Intune Subscription is added, simply perform the following steps:

  • MISPIn the Configuration Manager administration console navigate to Administration > Overview > Cloud Services > Microsoft Intune Subscriptions;
  • Select Microsoft Intune Subscription and click Properties;
  • Navigate to the tab Company Logo, select Include company logo, Browse to the JPEG or PNG that should be used and click OK.

End-user experience

Let’s end this post with showing the end-user experience again. The end-user will see the newly configured Company Logo in the top-left corner of the new Software Center. That makes sure that the end-user will experience a similar look-and-feel on all its devices. Here is an example of the new Software Center next to the Company Portal app on iOS.

New Software Center Company Portal app
SoftwareCenter_LF IMG_0004
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The new ability on iOS devices to send diagnostic information

This week a short blog post about the new ability in the updated Microsoft Intune Company Portal app, for iOS, to send diagnostic information. Before it was always fun to explain somebody the method to get the Company Portal Diagnostic Information, as it would require the end-user to open the Microsoft Intune Company Portal app and simply start shaking the device. Actually, this is still a possibility to get the Company Portal Diagnostic Information.

New in the latest update of the Microsoft Intune Company Portal app, for iOS, is the ability to send the Company Portal Diagnostic Information via the menu of the Microsoft Intune Company Portal app. This is a new Microsoft Intune Company Portal app ability and is not related to the iOS version.

End-user experience

Now let’s have a look at what the new end-user experience looks like. The end-user has to open the Microsoft Intune Company Portal app and simply walkthrough the following two steps.

Step 1 Step 2
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The first step is to click on the username and to select About. The second step is to click on Send Diagnostic Report.

Note: After selecting Send Diagnostic Report an email will open, like with shaking the device, that includes the Company Portal-Log.log.

More information

For more information about the new features released in November, please refer to the following article: http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoftintune/archive/2015/10/28/coming-soon-new-intune-features-including-windows-10-edp-policies.aspx

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Multiple custom terms and conditions for device enrollment and company access

TC_MultipleAnd we’re back in the Company Portal app. Not just because I think that the Company Portal app is awesome, but also because there’s a new Company Portal app related capability added, during the August 2015 update, to Microsoft Intune. That new capability is that it’s now possible to deploy multiple custom Terms and Conditions for enrollment and company access. A while ago I did a blog post about Custom terms and conditions for using the Company Portal of Microsoft Intune and this post will be an updated version of that post. However, this post will not go into as much detail about the use of different versions, of a single custom Terms and Conditions, as that part is still applicable in the same manner.

In this blog post I’ll show that the capability to create custom Terms and Conditions has been relocated to the Policy node in the Microsoft Intune administration console and that it now also can be configured like a policy. That means it’s possible to create multiple Terms and Conditions and that’s possible to deploy multiple Terms and Conditions. This can be very useful when it’s required to make the Terms and Conditions available in different languages, or when different custom Terms and Conditions are required for different parts of the company.

One important thing that’s still the same, is the fact that Terms and Conditions are deployed to users and that users only needs to accept the Terms and Conditions once.

Configuration

Now let’s start with looking at the new way to configure custom Terms and Conditions. First I’ll go through the steps to create and deploy custom Terms and Conditions and than I’ll continue with showing the end-user experience of that configuration and deployment.

Create a new policy

To create a new policy, perform the three steps mentioned below. For every additional custom Terms and Conditions the same three steps apply.

  1. Logon on to the Microsoft Intune administration console;
  2. Navigate to Policy > Terms and Conditions and click Add…;
  3. On the Create Terms and Conditions page, provide the following information and click Save:
    • Name: <Provide a name for the policy>;
    • Description: <Provide a description for the policy>;
    • Title: <Provide a title for the custom terms and conditions>
    • Text for terms: <Provide a text for the custom terms and conditions>;
    • Text to explain what it means if the user accepts: <Provide a text describing what it means when the user accepts the custom terms and conditions>.

A good thing to keep in mind is that with editing the created policy an additional option of Decide whether to require users to re-accept updated terms will show. This option can be used to increase the version number, or to keep the current version number. Increasing the version number will require all users to accept the updated terms and keeping the version number will required only new users to accept the updated terms.

Deploy the new policy

To deploy the new policy, perform the four steps mentioned below. For every additional custom Terms and Conditions the same three steps apply.

  1. Logon on to the Microsoft Intune administration console;
  2. Navigate to Policy > Terms and Conditions;
  3. Select the new policy and click Manage Deployment;
  4. On the Manage Deployment page, Add the user group(s) and click OK.

A good thing to keep in mind with deploying multiple custom Terms and Conditions is their behavior when multiple custom Terms and Conditions are deployed to the same user. I’ll show that behavior during the end-user experience, but it’s good to note that it will simply merge the multiple custom Terms and Conditions in to one.

End-user experience

To test the end-user experience, I’ve created two custom Terms and Conditions. I’ve deployed these to two different groups and that actually gave me expected behavior. The first custom Terms and Conditions is created in English and deployed to a group with my English end-users. That makes that all my English end-users experiencing the behavior as shown in the Windows Phone 8.1 device below.

Configuration Windows Phone 8.1 Example
TC_English wp_ss_20150907_0002

The second custom Terms and Conditions is basically the same. The only difference is that it’s created in Dutch and deployed to a group with my Dutch end-users. That makes that all my Dutch end-user are experiencing the behavior as shown in the Windows Phone 8.1 device below.

Configuration Windows Phone 8.1 Example
TC_Dutch wp_ss_20150907_0003

Now that I’ve created multiple custom Terms and Conditions it’s time to see the end-user experience when the end-user is either in both groups, or when both configurations are targeted to the same group. These end-users will experience the behavior as shown in the Windows Phone 8.1 device below.

Configuration Windows Phone 8.1 Example
In this scenario I’ve tested the English and Dutch configurations by deploying them to the same group and by adding the end-user to both groups. In both cases the end-user experience was as shown here on the side. This is not something I would want when I’m deploying multiple custom Terms and Conditions because of the language of the end-users. However, this might be ideal behavior in a case with multiple parts of the company having different custom Terms and Conditions. wp_ss_20150907_0001

Report

Now that I’ve shown the creation and deployment of custom Terms and Conditions it’s time to look at the reporting capabilities of this feature. Basically this is still the same, that means that it’s still possible to see the difference in accepted version of the accepted Terms and Conditions. What’s new is that it now allows me to run a report either based on the end-user(s), or based on the company terms. That allows me to use configurations of the report as shown below.

Based on the end-user Based on the company terms
TC_Report_User TC_Report_CT
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Pick your Company Portal app

CompanyPortalTwitterThis weekend I posted a small tweet showing the tabs, in my browser, to the different Company Portal apps. In that same tweet I promised the overview that follows in this blog post. By now there are 8 different versions of the Company Portal app and specific to Microsoft Intune that number is 7. These Company Portal apps differ in things like product, platform and availability.

This blog post will describe the different Company Portal apps, their platforms, their usage, their main requirements, their availability and, if needed, their important notes. All that information should help you with picking the right version of the Company Portal app and all that information can be found in the following table.

Company Portal app More information
Configuration Manager Company Portal app (.appx) Platform: Windows 8 and later.
Usage: This app allows the user to view and install applications that are made available to the user and communicates directly with the ConfigMgr on-premises infrastructure. It’s an alternative for the Application Catalog, meant to create a single user experience together with the Microsoft Intune Company Portal app.
Requirement: The app needs the registry key HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\CCM with value PortalPackageFamily set to Microsoft.CorporateAppCenter_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
Available: Download Center.
Microsoft Intune Company Portal app (.xap) Platform: Windows Phone 8 and later.
Usage: This app helps the user search, browse and install apps that are made available to the user and it communicates through the Microsoft Intune online service. It’s required for those users that still have a Windows Phone 8 device.
Requirement: The app needs to be signed with a Symantec code-signing certificate, as described in this article. Also, to deploy apps to devices with Windows 8 and later, there are sideloading requirement as explained in this table.
Available: Download Center.
Note: When this app is used in combination with Windows Phone 8.1 devices, block the Microsoft Intune Company Portal app from the Windows Phone Store.
Microsoft Intune Company Portal app (.appx) Platform: Windows Phone 8.1 and later.
Usage: This app helps the user search, browse and install apps that are made available to the user and it communicates through the Microsoft Intune online service. It’s meant for those users that do not have access to the Windows Phone Store.
Requirement: The app needs to be signed with a Symantec code-signing certificate, as described in this blog post.
Available: Download Center.
Microsoft Intune Company Portal app (.appx) Platform: Windows 8 and later.
Usage: This app helps the user search, browse and install apps that are made available to the user and it communicates through the Microsoft Intune online service. It’s meant for those users that do not have access to the Windows Store.
Requirement: To deploy apps to devices with Windows 8 and later, there are sideloading requirement as explained in this table.
Available: Download Center.
Microsoft Intune Company Portal app (Windows Phone Store) Platform: Windows Phone 8.1 and later
Usage: This app helps the user search, browse and install apps that are made available to the user and it communicates through the Microsoft Intune online service.
Requirement: To download apps from the Windows Phone Store a Microsoft account is required.
Available: Windows Phone Store.
Note: When this app is used in combination with Windows Phone 8 devices, use an uninstall on the Microsoft Intune Company Portal app coming from Microsoft Intune standalone, or create a specific requirement for Windows Phone 8 devices on the Microsoft Intune Company Portal app coming from Microsoft Intune hybrid.
Microsoft Intune Company Portal app (Windows Store) Platform: Windows 8 and later.
Usage: This app helps the user search, browse and install apps that are made available to the user and it communicates through the Microsoft Intune online service.
Requirement: To download apps from the Windows Store a Microsoft account is required.
Available: Windows Store.
Microsoft Intune Company Portal app (Apple App Store) Platform: iOS 6.0 and later.
Usage: This app helps the user search, browse and install apps that are made available to the user and it communicates through the Microsoft Intune online service.
Requirement: To download apps from the Apple App Store an Apple account is required
Available: Apple App Store.
Microsoft Intune Company Portal app (Google Play Store) Platform: Android 4.0 and later.
Usage: This app helps the user search, browse and install apps that are made available to the user and it communicates through the Microsoft Intune online service.
Requirement: To download apps from the Google Play Store a Google account is required.
Available: Google Play Store.

Note: On every platform, my preference will always be the store version of the Microsoft Intune Company Portal app. These versions are always up-to-date and contain the latest features.

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How to use the Microsoft Intune Company Portal app for Windows Phone 8.1 from the Download Center

A bit more than a month ago Microsoft released the Microsoft Intune Company Portal app specifically for Windows Phone 8.1 in the Download Center. This version of the Microsoft Intune Company Portal app is created specifically for Windows Phone 8.1 and later, as it’s created in the APPX format, which is not supported by Windows Phone 8. It can be used by administrators to deploy to end-users who do not have access to the Windows Phone Store. The main feature of this version of the Microsoft Intune Company Portal app is the ability to show the configured Terms and Conditions in Microsoft Intune standalone.

In this blog post I’ll describe how this version of the Microsoft Intune Company Portal app can be signed and how it can be used in either Microsoft Intune hybrid, or Microsoft Intune standalone.

Sign the Microsoft Intune Company Portal app

Let’s start with the part that got me puzzled for a while, signing the Microsoft Intune Company Portal app. I was smart enough to use the Signtool.exe, but that alone will not do the trick. This will provide an error message indicating that the publisher of the app does not match the used code-signing certificate. For signing the Microsoft Intune Company Portal app a little bit more is required, but luckily there is a PowerShell script, which is part of the Windows Phone 8.1 SDK, which is part of Visual Studio Community 2013 CU4, that takes care of everything. To sign the Microsoft Intune Company Portal app, perform the following steps.

Tip: Use the same certificate that’s used to sign other LOB applications, or that’s already been used to sign the Microsoft Intune Company Portal app for Windows Phone 8 (xap).

  1. SignCompanyPortalAppOpen a Command Pompt as administrator;
  2. Run the command PowerShell.exe –File “%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Microsoft SDKs\WindowsPhoneApp\v8.1\Tools\MDILXAPCompile\BuildMDILAPPX.ps1” -appxfilename C:\Data\CompanyPortal.appx -pfxfilename C:\Data\InovativEnterpriseCodeSigningCertificate.pfx –password <Password>;
  3. In the Delete Files dialog box, click Yes.

The PowerShell script BuildMDILAPPX.ps1 does all the required work to successfully sign the Microsoft Intune Company Portal app. The path specified in the command, of the script, is the default path after the installation of Visual Studio Community 2013 CU4. The parameters used as input to this script require the following information.

  • appxfilename – This parameter specifies the path and name of the APPX file;
  • pfxfilename – This parameter specifies the path and name of the certificate file;
  • password – This parameter specifies the password of the specified certificate.

Configure the Microsoft Intune Company Portal app

Now that the Microsoft Intune Company Portal app is signed, let’s have a look at how it can be used. I’ll go through both scenarios, Microsoft Intune hybrid and Microsoft Intune standalone, as they both have their own configuration requirements.

Microsoft Intune hybrid

WindowsPhoneConfigurationSince the release of the latest service pack for ConfigMgr 2012 R2, the configuration for enabling just Windows Phone 8.1 is a lot easier. Simply navigate to the Microsoft Intune Subscription Properties and select Windows Phone 8.1 and later in the configuration of the Windows Phone platform.

To make sure that the Microsoft Intune Company Portal app can be installed, the code-signing certificate, used for signing the app, must also be configured. This can be done by simply selecting pfx file and browsing to the code-signing certificate, that’s used to sign the Microsoft Intune Company Portal app, or by selecting Application enrollment token and browsing to the location of the AET file.

RequiredCompanyPortalAppFor Windows Phone 8.1 and later the Microsoft Intune Company Portal app must be deployed, with a Purpose of Required, to either an user or a device collection. I would suggest to target an user collection, as that collection membership is already available during the enrollment of the mobile device. This will make sure that the Microsoft Intune Company Portal app installation happens sooner, as it doesn’t have to wait on the collection membership of the mobile device. Even better would be to use the user collection configured in the Microsoft Intune Subscription Properties, as this user collection gets top priority.

Tip: Use the Microsoft Intune Company Portal app for Windows Phone 8 (xap), when the company also supports Windows Phone 8 devices, or when the company is still running ConfigMgr 2012 R2 (without service pack). This will save a lot of administrative overhead, for only minor application changes, especially from a Microsoft Intune hybrid perspective.

Microsoft Intune standalone

ConfigureCompanyPortalAppFunny enough, the configuration for the Microsoft Intune Company Portal app is more complicated in Microsoft Intune standalone. There is no configuration required to allow the enrollment of Windows Phone 8.1 devices, but the fun starts with uploading the code-signing certificate.

To make sure that the Microsoft Intune Company Portal app can be installed, the code-signing certificate, used for signing the app, must be uploaded to Microsoft Intune and that can only be achieved by uploading a signed Microsoft Intune Company Portal app for Windows Phone 8 (xap). After that’s successfully done, the code-signing certificate is available within Microsoft Intune for usage with other applications.

RequiredInstallCompanyPortalAppNow to prevent the installation of the Microsoft Intune Company Portal app for Windows Phone 8 (xap), configure the Approval configuration, of the deployment, to Uninstall. The next thing is to make sure that the Microsoft Intune Company Portal app for Windows Phone 8.1 (appx) is deployed with the Approval configuration of Required Install, to either an user or a device group. Again, I would suggest to target an user group, as that group membership is already available during the enrollment of the mobile device. This will make sure that the Microsoft Intune Company Portal app installation happens sooner, as it doesn’t have to wait on the group membership of the mobile device.

Tip: Use the Microsoft Intune Company Portal app for Windows Phone 8 (xap), unless the company uses custom Terms and Conditions. This will save a lot of administrative overhead, for only minor application changes.

Conclusion

Personally I prefer everything that’s newer, which in this case would be the Microsoft Intune Company Portal app for Windows Phone 8.1 (appx), but as mentioned a couple of times it’s not always the best option from an administrative perspective. To prevent any confusions make sure to know the different scenarios of the Microsoft Intune Company Portal app, before just simply deploying. For example, in Microsoft Intune standalone the use of custom Terms and Conditions can be a reason to (also) use the Microsoft Intune Company Portal app for Windows Phone 8.1 (appx).

More information

For more information about the different subjects of this blog post please refer to the following links:

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