Simplifying the management and configuration of your favorite browser

This week is all about simplifying the management and configuration of your favorite browsers, by using Microsoft Intune. That’s definitely not the sexiest subject, but it’s important to be familiar with the easy options that are available nowadays. With the latest additions to Microsoft Intune, the management and configuration of the different browsers became more of a native functionality. Native functionality was already available for Microsoft Edge, and recently became available for Google Chrome. And now, with the recent addition of importing third-party administrative templates, it became available for every browser that could be easily managed within an on-premises environment, by using Group Policies. Besides that, there are even alternatives when really needed. This post will provide an overview of the different options for managing …

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Excluding Azure file shares from Conditional Access policies requiring MFA

This week is another short follow-up on the last couple of weeks. While the last couple of weeks were all about configuring the authentication on Azure file shares and on mapping Azure file shares, this week is all about the exclusion for multi-factor authentication (MFA). During the initial post, about using Azure AD Kerberos authentication for Azure file shares, it was mentioned that Azure AD Kerberos doesn’t support using MFA for accessing Azure file shares. The steps to prevent that, just weren’t described. And based on comments and feedback, it’s good to still walk through the steps for configuring that exclusion. This post will briefly discus the challenge, followed with the steps to create the exclusion for Azure file shares. This post will end with the …

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Mapping Azure file shares on Windows devices

This week is a short follow-up on last week. While last week was all about configuring the authentication on Azure file shares, with the best user experience, this week is about automatically mapping those Azure file shares, for an even better user experience, on Windows devices. And to be really honest, that doesn’t really differ from mapping any other network drive. That doesn’t mean that it’s not a good moment to walk through the options for mapping (Azure) file shares. This post will briefly discuss the main different configuration options, followed with the steps to actually easily configure network mappings. That will be achieved by using the easiest most straight forward option, followed with the user experience. Note: When the authentication for the Azure file …

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Configuring Azure AD Kerberos authentication on Azure file shares for Windows devices

This week is more Windows. More capabilities for creating a better user experience. This week the focus will be on Azure file shares and the relatively new Azure AD Kerberos authentication option, that can be configured on Windows devices by relying on Microsoft Intune. Azure Files supports the identity-based authentication over SMB, using Kerberos authentication. In preview, that now includes the ability to enable and configure Azure AD for authenticating hybrid identities. That allows users with a hybrid identity, to access Azure file shares using Kerberos authentication. That configuration relies on Azure AD to issue the required Kerberos tickets, to access Azure file shares using the SMB protocol. That basically means that users can access Azure file shares over the Internet, without requiring a line-of-sight …

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Registering devices with the Windows Autopatch service

This week is all about the relatively new Windows Autopatch. Windows Autopatch is a cloud service provided, by Microsoft, that automates the update process for Windows, Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise, Microsoft Edge, and Microsoft Teams. The steps to get started with Windows Autopatch are pretty straight forward, especially with the latest adjustments of how the service interacts with the tenant. Those adjustments improve the security posture of the service, by relying on application-only authentication, and further simplifies the enrollment process of the tenant. Together that makes the enrollment pretty straight forward. That’s also why this post simply assumes that the onboarding is successfully performed. Once the tenant is enrolled to the Windows Autopatch service, the next main action is the registration of the devices …

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Using Microsoft Defender for Endpoint on Android for protecting the personal profile

This week another post about Microsoft Defender functionality, but on a completely different platform. This week is all about using Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, on Android devices, for protecting the personal profile. And for now, specifically focused on personally owned devices. That protection functionality is focused on providing users with the same level of protection in their personal profile, as provided in their work profile. It provides users – within their personal profile – with malware scanning on user-installed apps, protection from malicious URLs, network protection, and privacy controls. That provides users with better protection and organizations with more control on which devices are allowed to have access to company data. This post will mainly focus on the configuration of that additional protection of the …

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Working with enhanced phishing protection in Microsoft Defender SmartScreen

This week is all about a new security feature that is part of Microsoft Defender SmartScreen and that was introduced with Windows 11, version 22H2. That feature is enhanced phishing protection. Enhanced phishing protection helps with protecting work accounts against phishing and unsafe usage on sites and apps. It works alongside existing Windows security features and alerts about typed work passwords in any Chromium browser, warns about reused work passwords on sites and apps, and warns when storing plaintext work passwords in Notepad, Word, or any Microsoft 365 Office app. That makes enhanced phishing protection an important addition to the Microsoft Defender SmartScreen security functionalities. This post will go through the available settings, the easy configuration, and the user experience with the enabled notifications. Note: …

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Enhance Microsoft Intune data with Log Analytics: A summary

This week an extra blog post about my session at Experts Live Netherlands 2022. I did my session about Enhance Microsoft Intune data with Log Analytics. During that session – after battling some technical challenges – I shared a lot of information around the four most obvious options for using Microsoft Intune in combination with Log Analytics. I showed the direct integration, the combination with Update Compliance, the use of the Azure Monitor HTTP Collector API and even the use of the Azure Monitor Agent. This post will provide a quick summary of that session, by briefly touching those different options. The slides (PDF) of that session are available for download here. Collecting log data via a direct integration The first option was all about …

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Easily managing third-party ADMX-files

This week is back to the management capabilities for Windows devices. More specifically, it’s all about managing settings via third-party ADMX-files by using Microsoft Intune. That’s something that used to be a big task and now turned in to a relatively simple action. This blog contains posts around that subject that details the process of ingesting third-party ADMX-files and configuring the related settings. The good thing is that those posts still have value, as the underlying process hasn’t changed. Microsoft did, however, drastically simplify the process for importing third-party ADMX-files and configuring the different settings. This post will describe the new simplified process of working with third-party ADMX-files and provides some details around the configuration that are good to know. Important: At the moment of …

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Common Criteria Mode for corporate-owned Android Enterprise devices

This week something completely different compared to the last few weeks. While the last last few weeks were all about the great simplicity of Windows 365 Enterprise, this week is all about Android Enterprise. Different platform, theoretically possibly the same device. With the introduction of Android 11 (API level 30), some nice new features were introduced for enterprises. That includes the addition of the Common Criteria (CC) Mode. CC Mode already exists for a few years for Samsung Knox devices and – in combination with Microsoft Intune – already could be configured by using OEMConfig (with the KSP app), but is now available by default within Android Enterprise. Even better, with one of the latest service releases (2207) of Microsoft Intune that can now be …

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