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  • Managing Windows 10 with Microsoft Intune –...
    by Maurice Daly on 26/03/2019 at 11:01

    In part two of this multi-series blog on managing devices with Microsoft Intune, we will look at how to apply setting using the configuration service provider (CSP). Series Links: Managing Windows 10 with Microsoft Intune – Part 1 (MDM Profiles) Managing Windows 10 with Microsoft Intune […]

  • Managing Windows 10 with Microsoft Intune –...
    by Maurice Daly on 25/03/2019 at 21:56

    If you are in the process of migrating to modern management and are used to the on-premise world, things can be a bit daunting at first when getting familiar with where to set settings in the Intune portal. This post is to help those making this move, with practical examples of what the different […]

  • Integrating Jamf Pro with Intune for Compliance...
    by Jan Ketil Skanke on 11/03/2019 at 07:30

    Now that we have in Part 1 integrated Jamf Pro with Intune and Azure AD we need to deploy the Company portal app to our users and a policy for end users to register the devices in Azure Active Directory. This post will cover the following: Deploy Intune Company portal to macOS devices Create and […]

  • Trigger Azure Automation with a Teams team...
    by Alexander Holmeset on 05/03/2019 at 11:25

    Lee Ford’s blogpost on how to create a Teams team through Forms/Flow/Graph inspired me to take a closer look at the possibilities. I wanted to trigger an Azure Automation Runbook through a Form/Flow. I still wanted to use Graph API in the runbook. You may ask why? I think its easier to have […]

  • Integrating Jamf Pro with Intune for Compliance...
    by Jan Ketil Skanke on 03/03/2019 at 08:00

    If you have Apple Mac’s in your environment and want to use Conditional Access to control access to your Azure AD integrated applications and data, like Office 365. Then you should take a look at what Jamf Pro can give you. Intune standalone or Configuration Manager does not give you a way to […]

  • Implementing Modern Security Tools – Part 4 –...
    by Maurice Daly on 27/02/2019 at 13:49

    In part 4 of this series on implementing modern security tools, we will now look at how to empower end users to remove the burden of many an IT helpdesk. Yes of course, we are talking about the “can you please reset my password” call that helpdesk’s around the globe receive on a […]

  • Skype Online: Automatically assign federation...
    by Alexander Holmeset on 21/02/2019 at 18:56

    This week I had a customer that moved from Skype for Business on-premises to Skype Online. He was used to be able to choose default federation policy for his users, and if a user needed federation he added them to an AD group.  The problem in Skype Online is that you cant choose what […]

  • Implementing Modern Security Tools – Part 3 –...
    by Maurice Daly on 18/02/2019 at 23:10

    So far in this series, we have covered how to implement enhanced password complexity on-premise and in-cloud with Azure AD Password Protection, limit the use of the local administrator account with LAPS, and now onto part 3 where we will look at how to secure access to cloud-based resources […]

  • Why I did a major facepalm when I learned how...
    by Alexander Holmeset on 12/02/2019 at 21:50

    You learn something new every day. For months I have been doing Graph API calls trough PowerShell with JSON requests. If you copy/paste a JSON request body right into your favorite PowerShell editor you will get a lot of errors. To have a request that your editor can understand you need to do it […]

  • Did you know that you can control notifications...
    by Ståle Hansen on 12/02/2019 at 00:22

    Yep, it’s true, here is the scenario You are joined to a lot of teams with high activity and people are @mentioning the Teams and channels because internal emails are moved to Teams, which they should! Every day you get back to work, you have a huge amount of notifications to go through in […]

  • AudioCodes C450HD review: The native Teams phone!
    by Alexander Holmeset on 30/01/2019 at 20:33

    I was so lucky I got hold of a C450HD phone from AudioCodes. This is their first native Teams phone and even one of the first to market, so I was very eager to test it. You can even by a couple of clicks switch it over to the Skype for Business UI. The phone … Continue reading AudioCodes […]

  • Getting started with Microsoft Intune Diagnostics...
    by Jan Ketil Skanke on 28/01/2019 at 08:00

    Microsoft Intune has for a good time now included built-in logs for activity in your Intune environment. Up until now there has not been any native support for getting a aggregated view of these logs. I have earlier written about how we could do that with Azure Automation and Runbooks to extract […]

  • Configuring Security Baselines in Microsoft Intune
    by Maurice Daly on 25/01/2019 at 20:46

    Announced back at Ignite in September was something that along with ADMX settings was high on the list of the wish list for Intune administrators, this of course was Security Baselines. For those reading this who do not know what Security Baselines are, Microsoft release a set of pre-configured […]

  • Teams chat activity stats.
    by Alexander Holmeset on 20/01/2019 at 22:15

    I have written a script that counts every root messages and replies in every team/channel. It uses Microsoft Graph API to get the information needed. It has two functions. First one creates an HTML report with chat statistics for every channel in each Team. It also gives you a number of total […]

  • Step by Step: Microsoft BitLocker Administration...
    by Maurice Daly on 15/01/2019 at 00:01

    In this, the final part of this four-part series, we will look at how to validate MBAM is escrowing keys, they are retrievable through different methods. Part 1: Installation of MBAM components Part 2: Validating IIS sites and customisation Part 3: Configuration of GPO policies and client agent […]

  • Step by Step: Microsoft BitLocker Administration...
    by Maurice Daly on 14/01/2019 at 23:59

    In parts 1 & 2 of this series of posts on installing and configuring Microsoft Bitlocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM) we ran through the installation, validation and customisation options available. In this the third part, we will look at how client GPO policies are configured and how […]

  • Step by Step: Microsoft BitLocker Administration...
    by Maurice Daly on 14/01/2019 at 23:59

    Having installed the MBAM components in the first part of this series of posts it is now time to validate that the IIS components are in place and also to be aware of what each of them do. Part 1: Installation of MBAM components Part 2: Validating IIS sites and customisation Part 3: Configuration of […]

  • Count tabs of each type in Teams.
    by Alexander Holmeset on 12/01/2019 at 22:56

    I have created a script that goes through every tab in every channel in each team and counts how many there are of each type of tab. Of course, I have excluded the conversation and files tab as it’s in every channel. I created this so there’s an easy and fast way to get statistics […]

  • Step by Step: Microsoft BitLocker Administration...
    by Maurice Daly on 12/01/2019 at 15:15

    Over the past number of months I have had several engagements as a consultant to implement Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM). Many of you might pose the question of why? is MBAM not a legacy product? can you not store recovery keys in Active Directory or Azure Active […]

  • How to setup Cloud Management Gateway with...
    by Jan Ketil Skanke on 08/01/2019 at 09:00

    You have probably ready the excellent write-up from Sandy on how to setup CO-Management already, but since CB 1806 there is a simpler method for implementing this without any need for PKI or certificates on-premises instead you can use Azure AD for client authentication. If you are using PKI client […]

  • Teams module or Graph API?
    by Alexander Holmeset on 29/12/2018 at 21:24

    Administrating Microsoft Teams have become relatively easier after the PowerShell model was updated to 0.9.6. But have in mind, its still in beta. There were  many basic settings that you only months ago had to do trough GUI or Graph API. I have compared all the cmdlets in the Teams PowerShell […]

  • Archive Teams channel conversations automatically!
    by Alexander Holmeset on 18/12/2018 at 19:09

    I have written a script that uses Graph API and PowerShell to extract the messages and replies in every channel in a Microsoft Teams team. In these GDPR days, I would do some research on what’s allowed in your country regarding data storage, before thinking about using this with real-world […]

  • Post a #MicrosoftTeams channel chat message from...
    by Ståle Hansen on 12/12/2018 at 01:34

    Implementing Microsoft Teams is 10% IT, 10% governance and the rest is a cultural change. As part of the governance process, I have long seen the need to post the first chat message in a Team channel reminding the members of some cultural etiquette scenarios as part of a governance process. Up […]

  • My journey on becoming a MVP!
    by Alexander Holmeset on 08/12/2018 at 23:47

    I have always liked to help others. Years ago i got a tip from a instructor at a IT course i was attending that Twitter was a great way to consume IT news. I started following a couple of people, and quickly saw how they interacted with others and assisted with problems others were having. … […]

  • Drivers as a Service – Version 1.0.0 Released
    by Maurice Daly on 22/11/2018 at 14:28

    About a year ago I published a script which provided dynamic updates for Dell, HP, Lenovo and Microsoft systems which are managed by Intune. The script uses the Intune Management Extension to run the dynamic driver update process in a autopilot enrollment of a system, ensuring that you have the […]

  • My trip to Singapore and PowerShell Conference...
    by Alexander Holmeset on 09/11/2018 at 21:14

    While sitting here in Norway waiting for the winter season to fully start, i look back at my trip to Singapore about a month ago, where i had two session at PowerShell Conference Asia. After my first days of exploring and meeting up with some of the other speakers in Singapore, i ended up with […]

  • Building a shared pc mode kiosk with Microsoft...
    by Maurice Daly on 27/10/2018 at 00:07

    Deploying kiosks in Windows 10 through Microsoft Intune offers a straight forward means of locking down a system to a single or even a multi-app kiosk. Sandy has already covered how to set up a multi-app kiosk using the AssignedAccess CSP method in an earlier blog post […]

  • Configure ADMX settings with Microsoft Intune...
    by Maurice Daly on 17/10/2018 at 08:00

    Over the past couple of months I have been fortunate to play with a new feature coming in Intune, which I am glad to be able to share with you here in this post. Modern Management Blockers Over the past number of years there have been some areas within the Intune product set that enterprise […]

  • Export Microsoft Intune audit data to Log...
    by Jan Ketil Skanke on 10/10/2018 at 10:00

    Recently at Microsoft Ignite I attended a session with David Falkus (BRK3026)  where he showed some of the possibilites of leveraging Microsoft Graph to report on key data from Intune and transfer audit events to Azure Log analytics I deciced I had to try to get this working for my self. […]

  • The best Microsoft Ignite to date
    by Ståle Hansen on 10/10/2018 at 00:13

    I had a blast at Microsoft Ignite 2018! Here are some reasons why I think it was the best to date: The product groups were accessible and always available for feedback. If you went to the different product group booth you would find prominent members available to chat and discuss their products. […]

  • Speaking at Experts Live Europe
    by @JankeSkanke on 07/10/2018 at 14:56

    I am proud to announce that I will be speaking at Experts Live Europe Again this year. I am really excited about my sessions thisRead More The post Speaking at Experts Live Europe appeared first on Thoughts about Windows. […]

  • Deploy Win32 Applications with Microsoft Intune
    by Maurice Daly on 24/09/2018 at 18:41

    Announced by Brad Anderson today at Microsoft Ignite is new feature for Microsoft Intune which goes another step to both enhance and eliminate blockers towards using modern management with Microsoft Intune. Win32 Application Deployments The ability to “package” applications for […]

  • Speaking at Microsoft Ignite 2018
    by Ståle Hansen on 12/09/2018 at 20:11

    I am so proud to return as a speaker for the fourth time at Microsoft Ignite 2018, at my favorite vacation spot, Orlando, FL. I will share my experience with Microsoft Teams meeting best practices in two expo theater sessions. I will again share my passion for personal productivity using OneNote in […]

  • Speaking at Microsoft Ignite 2018
    by @JankeSkanke on 06/09/2018 at 20:18

    I already told you I am hosting a Meetup at Microsoft Ignite in my previous post, but that’s not all. I am also delivering 2Read More The post Speaking at Microsoft Ignite 2018 appeared first on Thoughts about Windows. […]

  • Hosting a Community Meetup at Microsoft Ignite...
    by @JankeSkanke on 29/08/2018 at 07:23

    This year at Microsoft Ignite I will be hosting a Community Meetup together with Ami Arwidmark. This will be an interactive session where you willRead More The post Hosting a Community Meetup at Microsoft Ignite 2019 appeared first on Thoughts about Windows. […]

  • Driver Automation Tool 6.1.0 Released
    by Maurice Daly on 28/08/2018 at 11:52

    Its time for an improved release of the Driver Automation Tool, once again taking on-board all the community feedback to help you fully automate driver management within Configuration Manager and MDT. In this release there are a number of changes to be aware of, especially for those running […]

  • PXE booting without WDS & OSD enhancements in...
    by Maurice Daly on 01/08/2018 at 14:23

    In this post we will talk about OSD specific enhancements in ConfigMgr Current Branch 1806, including the much anticipated ability to PXE boot clients without the need for WDS! PXE OS Deployments – Without WDS The requirement for WDS until this point was a limiting factor when designing […]

  • Security related enhancements in ConfigMgr...
    by Maurice Daly on 01/08/2018 at 12:34

    Friday arrived early this week in the ConfigMgr community, with the announcement that the much anticipated 1806 build had hit public availability on the fast ring. This is a feature packed release, Nickolaj has already covered the highly requested third party patching integration in this post […]

  • Dell Command Configure Toolkit – Dynamic...
    by Maurice Daly on 23/07/2018 at 11:02

    Recently I was working with a customer who was having issues with the latest version of the Dell CCTK configuration utility running on their older legacy systems during OS deployments. Dell have recently updated their CCTK tool to provide added functionality for their latest generation of systems, […]

  • Re-awarded as MVP Enterprise Mobility (2018-2019)
    by @JankeSkanke on 03/07/2018 at 10:55

    I am proud and honoured to be re-awarded as an Microsoft MVP in Enterprise Mobility. I got my first award in October 2016 and wasRead More The post Re-awarded as MVP Enterprise Mobility (2018-2019) appeared first on Thoughts about Windows. […]

  • SCConfigMgr Modern Management Summit – Its A...
    by Maurice Daly on 02/07/2018 at 11:00

    June 28th was an important date for everyone involved with the SCConfigMgr blog, the reason of course was it was our first user group event, the Modern Management Summit in Microsoft Reactor London. The event brought speakers from the US, Finland, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Ireland and the UK, […]

  • Awarded Microsoft Most Valuable Professional...
    by Ståle Hansen on 01/07/2018 at 19:18

    I am really proud to be awarded Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) 2018-2019. This is the eighth time I receive this award and it is a real honor to be part of this community and that Microsoft recognizes my contributions. I was awarded as Office Servers and […]

  • Microsoft Teams Direct Routing GA
    by Ståle Hansen on 28/06/2018 at 17:03

    Today Microsoft Teams Direct Routing was announced as General Available. This is the means for you to bring your own SIP trunk to Microsoft Teams using only a standard SBC. Today AudioCodes and Ribbon are certified SBC’s for Direct Routing and more are in the works. There are three flavors to […]

  • Implementing Modern Security Tools – Part 2 –...
    by Maurice Daly on 25/06/2018 at 07:00

    In part 1 of this series I covered the newest tool on the block, Azure AD Password Protection, a tool which allows you to have greater control over account password complexity and account lock outs. In part 2 we will have a talk about a tool that is so often overlooked but offers great security […]

  • Implementing Modern Security Tools – Part 1 –...
    by Maurice Daly on 23/06/2018 at 19:29

    In this series I am going to step through how to help secure your internal infrastructure through the use of modern tools both running both within Azure AD and on your internal AD infrastructure. These tools should be considered to provide a good security baseline for your user accounts as part of […]

  • Microsoft Teams Direct Routing explained
    by Ståle Hansen on 27/05/2018 at 22:52

    Microsoft Teams Direct Routing is General Available as of June 28, 2018. This is the means for you to bring your own SIP trunk to Microsoft Teams. To be clear, this will only give your Teams users PSTN connectivity, your Skype for Business Online users still needs to use CCE or Skype for […]

  • Talking Teams automation and OneNote productivity...
    by Ståle Hansen on 07/05/2018 at 19:47

    Wow! I am going to speak at a conference at the Microsoft Headquarters in Redmond! This is bucket list check for sure. I am soo looking forward to this and hope the attendees will learn a thing or two about Microsoft Teams and get inspired to do more with OneNote in my two sessions. SPECIAL […]

  • Announcing the Pomodoro Windows app
    by Ståle Hansen on 03/04/2018 at 01:48

    August 2017 MVP Jan Egil Ring and I launched an open source PowerShell based Pomodoro timer. This is a great way to get stuff done, but difficult to get started with. Andreas Kang Schøyen over at Lillevik IT has done something about that and created an executable program that sets up the […]

  • Driver Automation Tool 6.0.0 Released
    by Maurice Daly on 29/03/2018 at 14:07

    Well it is finally here, the latest update to the Driver Automation Tool. Sorry this has taken a while to put together but there have been significant changes to both the tool in this build, all of which is thanks to community interaction. In fact the Driver Automation Tool reached something of a […]

  • UE-V Inbox Template Registration –...
    by Maurice Daly on 05/03/2018 at 13:51

    So recently I have been implementing UE-V for a customer running Windows 10 1709 and I was reminded of an issue/feature that has been around since 1607. The issue manifests itself in the fact that no user folder settings get created on your UE-V data share, the reason of course is that the default […]