Customizing the Start menu layout on Windows 11 devices

This week is all about customizing the Start menu layout on Windows 11. Customizing the Start menu layout enables organizations to create a standardized layout for theirs users by pinning apps, removing default apps, ordering apps and more. The configuration of such a standardized layout has changed from Windows 10 to Windows 11. To create a standardized layout for Windows 11, the IT administrator must use a JSON-file. In previous versions of Windows, that required a XML-file. That configuration change, justifies an explanation about the Start menu layout in Windows 11 and the different configuration options. This post breaks down the new Start menu layout in Windows 11 and the different configuration options that are available, per section. That breakdown is followed with a zoom-in …

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Locating lost or stolen Windows 10 devices

This week is all about a small new feature for Windows 10 devices that was introduced with the latest service release of Microsoft Intune. That new feature is the ability to find lost or stolen Windows 10 devices. Starting with the 2104 service release of Microsoft Intune, the Locate device remote device action – already available for supervised iOS and iPadOs device – also becomes available for Windows 10 devices. That enables IT administrators to find lost or stolen Windows 10 devices. This post will start by going through the information about the new remote action, including the implications, followed with the steps for configuring the privacy settings. This post will end by showing the IT administrator and user experience. Introduction to the location service …

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Easier managing local administrators via Windows 10 MDM on Windows 10 20H2 and later

This week back to the Windows platform. This week is again about managing local administrators on Windows 10 devices. Even in a modern world, there can still be a need for managing the local administrators on a Windows 10 devices and often that still requires more flexibility than provided with the default Azure AD functionality. I’ve also discussed managing local administrators already multiple times – either by using a Windows 10 MDM policy setting or by using proactive remediations – and this time it’s about a new method that became available in Windows 10, version 20H2 and later. That method is a new Windows 10 MDM policy setting. In this post, I’ll provide an introduction to that new policy setting and I’ll show how to …

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Windows 10 MDM Bridge WMI Provider: Settings template

This week my post is a few days later, as my post is an extension of my session at the Workplace Ninja Virtual Summit 2020. At the virtual summit I did a session about Getting to know the Windows 10 MDM WMI Bridge provider and during my session I shared how to easily work with the Windows 10 MDM Bridge WMI provider. Similar to using Microsoft Intune to address the different CSPs, we can also use PowerShell via the WMI bridge. The main thing that I’ve showed at the end of that session was a setting template, basically a PowerShell-function, that can be used to set, adjust and remove nearly all settings via the MDM WMI Bridge provider. That PowerShell-script is available below and I’ve …

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Quick tip: Easy method for constructing settings of ingested ADMX-files

This week a quick extra blog post, just before the start of my vacation, about an easy method for construction settings of ingested ADMX-files. A few years ago I did a post about a deep dive for ingesting third-party ADMX-files and until today I still receive questions on that post that are related to constructing settings of ingested ADMX-files. Even though the described method is still available, there is an easier method for constructing the settings of ingested ADMX-files. A method that is less sensitive to errors. The following four steps walk through that easy method by again using chrome.admx as an example. The first step is ingesting the ADMX-file. That can be achieved by following the same steps as provided in my earlier post. …

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Configuring the usage of Bluetooth encryption via Windows 10 MDM

This week a short blog post about configuring Bluetooth on Windows 10 devices that are managed via Microsoft Intune. More specifically, about configuring the Bluetooth encryption strength that is required for pairing Bluetooth devices. Last year there was a vulnerability regarding the Bluetooth encryption key negotiation that was addressed with an update to Windows and a specific configuration that should be performed to required a specific encryption strength. By default Windows allows all Bluetooth traffic, but with this vulnerability in mind some organizations might want to enforce a minimal encryption key size to be required for Bluetooth traffic. Even if that means that some Bluetooth devices won’t work, or stop working. In this post I’ll start with showing how to configure the Bluetooth encryption key …

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Managing local administrators via Windows 10 MDM

This week is all about managing local administrators via Windows 10 MDM by using restricted groups. There has been many requests for a post like this after I wrote this post about creating local user accounts. And I have to admit that this post has been on my backlog for a long time. Better late than never, I think. Also, I’m definitely not the first to write about this subject, but I do think that I have some new insights that can be really helpfull. In this post I’ll start with an overview of the options for configuring local administrators on Azure AD joined (and Microsoft Inune managed) devices and reasons for using restricted groups, followed by the steps for configuring restricted groups. I’ll end …

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Windows 10 MDM (PowerShell) scripting

A long, long time ago, I wrote about the MDM WMI Bridge provider. Nowadays I notice that the MDM WMI Bridge provider is still an unknown configuration layer for many IT admins. That’s why I’ve decided to do another post about the MDM WMI Bridge provider. A quick reminder: the MDM WMI Bridge provider is used to map the CSPs to WMI. This time my post is more focused on providing some examples and guidance. Besides that it’s also a nice addition on my latest posts about Windows 10 MDM configurations, policy refresh and troubleshooting. I’ll start this post by showing how to configure device settings and I’ll end this post by showing how to trigger device actions. Keep in mind that this post is …

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Scheduling a reboot via Windows 10 MDM

This week is also about configuring Windows 10 devices. This week is all about scheduling a reboot on a Windows 10 device by using Microsoft Intune and Windows 10 MDM. That can be useful for scheduling reboots on for example shared devices. Simply making sure that even those type of devices get a reboot every now and then, or making sure that specific configurations or installations are getting fully applied. This can be achieved by using the Reboot CSP. In this post I’ll have a look at the available policy settings and the configuration of those policy settings. I’ll end this post by having a look at the results of the configuration. Available policy settings The Reboot CSP can be used to configure reboot settings. …

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Windows 10 MDM troubleshooting

This week another new blog post related to Windows 10 MDM. In the recent weeks I’ve discussed policy refresh, some configurations and now some troubleshooting. This post is also triggered by my previous as I used the MDM Diagnostics Tool (MdmDiagnosticsTool.exe) as an example. Based on that example I’ve received some requests for more information. There are more useful tools like dsregcmd, but this post will focus on the MDM Diagnostics Tool, as there’s not that much information available. In this post I’ll provide information about the usage and results of the MDM Diagnostics Tool as having the right information is really useful for troubleshooting Windows 10 MDM managed devices. Introduction of the MDM Diagnostics Tool The MDM Diagnostics Tool is a command line tool …

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