Intune: Battle of the MDM authority

Intune: Battle of the MDM authority

This blog will be about why it’s important to automate your Microsoft 365 deployments. Today I was called in to investigate a weird problem. A colleague was trying to set up Intune for a new Microsoft 365 customer.  In a normal situation we are doing this by launching our deployment scripts but this time a new colleague wanted to see which steps need to be taken to enroll a customer into Microsoft 365. Everything was going fine until the enrollment…

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Public Desktop icons and Adminless: The far side of Intune

Public Desktop icons and Adminless: The far side of Intune

This short blog will be about, why users don’t need admin permissions to delete the public desktop icons. There are not a lot of reasons why your Azure Ad users need to be local admins on their devices. You can do a lot even without admin permissions. To summon a few: -Restarting services can be done without local admin permissions The non admin user: The battle of restarting services – Call4Cloud -Installing applications The PowerShell Win32 App Express – Call4Cloud -Installing…

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Zero Trust Security Flow

Zero Trust Security Flow

Everything is about Zero trust security, you will need to implement it.  There are a lot of articles written about zero-trust security the last few months. Some examples: Zero Trust Security (microsoft.com) Take the Zero Trust Assessment (microsoft.com) How to best explain zero trust? It’s like the quote of Ronald Reagan but just with one additional word: Never trust, but verify Zero trust ensures, identities are verified and devices are safe before you can access your corporate apps and data….

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The Applocker Games: Catching the events

The Applocker Games: Catching the events

The past year I blogged a lot about securing and monitoring your devices. Of course, Microsoft 365 E5 is the way to go when you want to maximize your security, but for the SMB the license can be too expensive. For these customers, Microsoft 365 business premium is the best choice. But when you choose Microsoft 365 Business premium you can’t make use of the advanced security features. Of course, by now you have implemented adminless and AppLocker on your…

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Applocker: The Meltdown

Applocker: The Meltdown

This short blog will be about what to do when you have locked yourself out of your device when implementing Intune Applocker device configuration policies. Some time ago I blogged about how a not configured DLL rule can break your devices. The Appocker Dilemma – Call4Cloud At that time, just changing the Applocker device config inside Intune did the job. But what if the new Applocker policy just won’t sync to the device and the old policies still apply. At…

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The red screen before Christmas

The red screen before Christmas

Using Autopilot will give you a lot of benefits, especially when combining it with White Glove.  When you have got new devices, you are good to go but when you want to enroll existing “older” devices into Autopilot White Glove you can run into some problems. When we were enrolling a lot of new devices at a customer site no problems were encountered, because we previously enrolled them with Autopilot White glove. After our work was done, the customer asked…

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Fantastic MR. SSO

Fantastic MR. SSO

This blog will be about what kind of problems you can run into when you have multiple customers inside one active directory and you want to provide them SSO with Office 365. Making use of modern authentication in combination with SSO can provide you with a very good user experience, except when you don’t have the option to use single sign-on. Take a look at this scenario: You are a hosting provider You have one big multi-Tenant Active Directory You…

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The non admin user: The battle of restarting services

The non admin user: The battle of restarting services

Some time ago, Oliver Kieselbach discovered a very great new method to start the IME sync process with just a simple command: “intunemanagementextension://syncapp”.  You could push a shortcut to with command to all your user desktops. An excellent new approach. Like Oliver was mentioning, you could restart the Microsoft intune management service, which also triggers the sync. But when your users have no admin privileges, this is not possible. This got me thinking, shouldn’t it be possible to restart some…

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The PowerShell Win32 App Express

The PowerShell Win32 App Express

In my last blog I expressed my opinion about how important it is to use the company portal to distribute apps.  Like I was mentioning, it can be a lot of work when you need to create all these apps each time a customer asks for one.  Of course, you can create one Chocolatey app which simply installs every app. But I prefer to give the user a nice dashboard with all the possible apps he or she can install.  You will need to automate this somehow…

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500 Days of blocking Onedrive extensions

500 Days of blocking Onedrive extensions

I was mentioning in my latest blog, I would show how you can automate the company apps deployment, but first I would like you to show something brand new. This blog will be about how to prevent some files to be uploaded with Onedrive and not using the Onedrive admin center Excluding extensions in the Onedrive admin center was the way to go to make sure some files are not synced with Onedrive. Of course, you don’t want certain files…

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