Easily enforcing specific Windows Sandbox configurations

This week is all about Windows Sandbox. About two years ago I wrote a post about simply enabling Windows Sandbox, by using a simple PowerShell script and distributing that script by using Microsoft Intune. Windows Sandbox is a really nice feature for running applications in an isolated environment. That isolated environment supports simple configuration files, which provide a minimal set of customization parameters. With the latest version of Windows 10, the administrator receives some controls for enforcing specific customization parameters. That won’t prevent the user from creating a configuration file, but that does prevent specific customization parameters from applying to the Windows Sandbox. In this post I’ll briefly go through the currently available policies, followed with the steps of configuring those policies. I’ll end this …

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Setting up kiosk mode on Windows 10 via OMA-DM

A while ago I did a blog post about managing AppLocker on Windows 10 via OMA-DM. During that post I showed how to use OMA-DM, via Microsoft Intune hybrid and standalone, to configure AppLocker. In this post I’ll do something similar for setting up kiosk mode on Windows 10. Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education provide a configuration service provider (CSP) for setting up kiosk mode. That’s the AssignedAccess CSP. During this blog post I’ll go through the AssignedAccess CSP, and its required input, I’ll go through the configuration steps in Microsoft Intune hybrid and standalone and I’ll show the end-user experience with the Twitter app as an example. AssignedAccess CSP Before using the AssignedAccess CSP it’s good to get a better understanding  of …

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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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Conditional access for PCs managed by ConfigMgr

This blog post is about a pre-release feature, which means that it’s included in the product for early testing in a production environment, but should not be considered production ready. This week a blog post about the Conditional access for managed PCs feature that is introduced in ConfigMgr 1602. This feature is introduced as a pre-release feature. The requirements for using Conditional access for managed PCs are similar to the requirements of the blog series that I did a few months ago about Conditional access for PCs. Make sure that those requirements are in-place before starting with the configurations described in this post. Introduction Conditional access for managed PCs is basically an additional level of restricting access to Exchange Online and SharePoint Online. Before the …

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Managing AppLocker on Windows 10 via OMA-DM

A while ago I did a blog post about managing Windows Defender of Windows 10 via OMA-DM. During that specific post I showed how to use OMA-DM, via Microsoft Intune standalone and hybrid, to configure Windows Defender. In this post I’ll do something similar for AppLocker. However, I have to admit that it was a bit more challenging for AppLocker. The main difference is that Windows 10 includes many different separate policy settings for Windows Defender, but provides a separate configuration service provider (CSP) for AppLocker. During this post I’ll show how to create the required AppLocker XML, what the AppLocker XML looks like, what the AppLocker CSP looks like and how to combine the AppLocker XML and the AppLocker CSP. I’ll end this post …

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Windows Phone 8.1 and the Windows Phone Store

This blog post will be about the other magical store world of Windows Phone 8.1 and that’s the world of the Windows Phone Store. By now, I think many are already aware of the different possibilities for the Windows Phone Store, but I thought it would be time for a complete overview like I did for Windows Phone 8.1 and the Microsoft Intune Company Portal app. This post will contain the different scenarios for providing (limited) access to the Windows Phone Store. These scenarios will be explained for Microsoft Intune standalone and Microsoft Intune hybrid. Scenarios Now lets start with summarizing the different scenarios that are possible for providing (limiting) access to the Windows Phone Store. I found the following three scenarios and I’ll go …

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Manage Windows Defender, of Windows 10, via OMA-DM

A couple of weeks ago I did a blog post about the different management options for Windows 8.1. In that specific post I already mentioned OMA-DM as a very valid method to manage Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 devices. To refresh the memories, OMA Device Management (OMA-DM) is an open management standard designed for mobile devices. The nice thing is that OMA-DM is also fully utilized in Windows 10, even the desktop version. That means that OMA-DM can be used to fully manage specific parts of a Windows 10 device. In this post I’ll show how OMA-DM can be used to fully manage Windows Defender in Windows 10. For Windows 10 it’s possible to manage all the settings available for Windows Defender. This includes everything, …

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Manage company policies on Windows Phone 8.1 via OMA-URI settings in Microsoft Intune

A bit more than a month ago, I created THE Windows Phone 8.1 Configuration Baseline for usage with ConfigMgr 2012 (integrated with Microsoft Intune). That Configuration Baseline contains all the currently configurable company policies via OMA-URI settings. At that time the management of OMA-URI settings on Windows Phone 8.1 wasn’t possible via Microsoft Intune standalone, but this has changed with the latest update to Microsoft Intune. That’s why I thought it would be good to dedicate this blog post to creating OMA-URI settings in Microsoft Intune standalone. As it’s not possible, yet, to export a Configuration Policy in Microsoft Intune, like a Configuration Baseline in ConfigMgr, I will simply show how to create an OMA-URI setting in Microsoft Intune. Also good to know, OMA-URI settings …

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