App protection policies and managed iOS devices

This week is all about app protection policies for managed iOS devices. More specifically, about some default behavior that might be a little bit confusing when not known. When creating app protection policies, those policies can be configured for managed devices or managed apps. That sounds simple. By default, however, when creating and assigning separate policies for managed devices and managed apps, every iOS device will apply app protection policies that are assigned to managed apps. That behavior is caused by the fact that the device will only be identified as a managed device when a specific configuration is in place. That configuration is the user UPN setting. Even better, the user UPN setting opens even more use cases for managed devices. This post will …

Read more

Getting started with Shared Device Mode for iOS devices

This week is all about Shared Device Mode for iOS (and iPadOS) devices. Shared Device Mode is based on Azure AD and is the Microsoft solution for shared iOS devices. Those shared iOS devices are company-owned multi-user devices. Shared Device Mode is provided for iOS (and iPadOS) 13 and later devices and enables multiple users to use the same Apple device and to sign in and out of apps by using an Azure AD account. When those apps support Shared Device Mode, those apps provide the global sign in and global sign out functionality. That enables a user to sign in to an app, at the start of a shift, and automatically be globally signed in to all apps that support Shared Device Mode. That’s …

Read more

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 …

Read more

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 …

Read more

Getting started with Shared iPad devices

This week is all around Shared iPad devices with Microsoft Intune. Shared iPad is an iPadOS configuration that easily lets multiple user share the same iPad. That configuration enables a personal experience for a user, on a device that is shared between multiple users. That personal experience enables users to be more productive, as users can simply pick-up where they left off previously. This post will start with a short introduction to Shared iPad devices, followed with the configuration steps for those devices. This post will end by describing and showing the user experience with Shared iPad devices. Introduction to Shared iPad devices With shared devices, this post is referring to company-owned multi-user devices that can be used – depending on the use case – …

Read more

Getting started with User Enrollment for iOS/iPadOS devices

This week is all around the User Enrollment option that was introduced with iOS 13 and iPadOS 13.1 and that is currently available as preview functionality in Microsoft Intune. User Enrollment feels similar to what already can be achieved on Android devices with Work Profiles. A separation between personal data and company data. In this post I’ll start with a short introduction about User Enrollment, followed with the steps to created an enrollment profile that will facilitate the User Enrollment. I’ll end this post by show the end-user experience during the enrollment and after the enrollment. Introduction to User Enrollment User Enrollment is created and designed by Apple to facilitate an enrollment and management scenario for Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD). That enrollment and management …

Read more

Quick tip: Manually adding devices to Apple Business Manager

This week a quick extra post. I noticed that there was not a lot of information available regarding manually adding devices to Apple Business Manager (ABM) for usage with Automated Device Enrollment (ADE). That makes sense, because the idea is that devices are automatically added to ABM after purchase. However, sometimes it’s useful to be able to manually add devices. Manually adding devices, can be achieved the easiest by following the two steps described below. Before starting with those steps make sure that: an enrollment program token is available and that the synchronization between ABM and Microsoft Intune is active, Find My {AppleDevice} is disabled, and that a mobile configuration is available that contains the WiFi configuration to simplify the enrollment Step 1: Create an …

Read more

Federated authentication for Managed Apple IDs

This week is all about federated authentication for Managed Apple IDs. When using Microsoft Intune for managing Apple devices, the use of Managed Apple IDs is adding more and more value to the solution. That value gets even more when those Managed Apple IDs are federated with Azure AD. That would provide the user with a single account to remember and to use. Together that brings a very nice experience to Apple devices that are using federated Managed Apple IDs and are managed with Microsoft Intune. In this post I’ll discuss and describe the following information regarding Managed Apple IDs: What are Managed Apple IDs and why using them? Federated authentication for Managed Apple IDs Automatically provisioned users from Azure AD Provisioned user with federated …

Read more

Easily configuring the Microsoft Enterprise SSO plug-in for Apple devices

This week is all about the Microsoft Enterprise SSO plug-in for Apple devices. Both, iOS/iPadOS and macOS devices. That plug-in provides single sign-on (SSO) for Azure AD accounts across all apps that support the enterprise SSO feature of Apple. The plug-in is provided on iOS/iPadOS devices as an extension of the Microsoft Authenticator app and the plug-in is provided on macOS devices as an extension of the Company Portal app. The extensions can be enabled by using Microsoft Intune. In this post I’ll start with having a look at the configuration options, followed with the configuration steps. I’ll end this post by having a look at the end-user experience. Important: Keep in mind that, at the moment of writing, this is still preview functionality. Configuration options …

Read more

Customizing the Microsoft Intune Company Portal app and website

This week is all about customizing the Microsoft Intune Company Portal app and website. The main trigger for this subject are the recently introduced additional customization options. Besides configuring default branding and support information, the list of actual specific customization configurations is growing and providing more and more options for an organization specific look-and-feel. That includes the option for creating multiple different customization policies. In this post I’ll go through the different customization options and policies. I’ll end this post by having a quick look at the end-user experience. Company Portal app and website customization options Now let’s have a look at the Company Portal app and website customization options. To do that, I want to walk through the different customization options and explain the …

Read more