On February 9th Kenny Buntinx and myself will be delivering two sessions entitled “Armoring your mobile workforce for the 21st century”. Focus for both sessions will be on Unified Device Management with Configuration Manager and Microsoft Intune. The first session will be a general overview and during the second session we will deep-dive further into the technical details and demonstrate some more advanced scenarios.
During this one day event we are joined by other top quality speakers who will be delivering multiple sessions on a wide range of topics.
More information and registration details can be found here.
Something to look forward to. Make sure to join us if you are around!
This is usually the time of the year where we look back and spend some time thinking about all the good, the bad, and even the ugly moments of the past year. I was planning to write a recap blog post but so much happened in the past 12 months that I would not even know where to begin. It has for sure been a year of many ups and unfortunately also a few downs.
I spent some time browsing through my mobile phone photos and decided to compile a short overview with some of the most significant moments of 2014. Just click the picture below to see the end result.
Thanks to all involved in these and other great moments during the past year.
Let’s do even greater, better, and more fun things in 2015!
In my previous blog post on the Configuration Manager Servicing Extension I mentioned it was possible to also add custom RSS feeds in the blogs node. This is a quick follow-up post to to demonstrate how to do that. The process is really straightforward, you just have to know where you can enable them.
I initially looked for a way to add feeds in the Blogs section, but as you can see there is no real option to do so:
To add RSS feeds you need to move one step up to Site Servicing and then expand the About section. At the bottom you will find a button called Manage RSS Subscriptions.
Click the button to add/remove RSS subscriptions and change the order.
Additional subscriptions are displayed in Site Servicing as soon as they have been added.
And they also become visible in the dropdown in the Blogs section.
Hope it helps!
In the beginning of this month Microsoft has released the Configuration Manager Servicing Extensions. In this blog post we will have a look at the implementation process and which features these extensions can offer.
Before we begin we must get the installation binaries from the Microsoft website, here.
Note that the extensions can be installed on systems running the SP1 Configuration Manager console or a higher version. Based on the requirements page only Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 are supported Operating Systems.
I installed the extensions manually as in my lab I only have one console running. This is on a 2012 R2 server so I’m not sure how strict (or correct) the requirements on the download page are. The installation took 5 seconds as there are only a few steps to go through:
- Run the Configuration Manager 2012 Servicing Extension.msi
- Accept the license agreement and click Install
- Click Finish
Next time you start the console you should see the Site Servicing node in the administration workspace.
Now lets have a closer look at what else actually became available.
The releases node gives an overview of updates that have been released for Configuration Manager. The release category drop-down allows to filter on specific products.
Next entry we see are the site versions. This gives an overview of all sites in the environment and what version they are running on. Additionally it displays information about installed Cumulative Updates (CU’s).
The third one is Client Targeting. In this node you can get an overview of client versions that are available.
By clicking the create query link at the bottom pane (or from the column in the top pane) you can create queries to list clients with that specific version or a higher one; or to create one for those running a lower version.
The result of this is visible in Queries in the monitoring workspace:
The fourth and last one is Blogs. This can be used for catching up on blog feeds. From the dropdown you can initially only select feeds from the Configuration Manager Team blog or the Configuration Manager Support Team blog. It is possible to add custom feeds as well – I will come back on this in a small follow-up post later on.
That’s all! As you can see these extensions are really easy to implement and they can provide some additional helpful features and information to the Configuration Manager admin.
Enjoy the holidays!
On Monday Brad Anderson has announced that a new set of updates was coming to Microsoft Intune this week. Brad described this release as the most significant set of updates in the history of the product.
This is the summary of the new capabilities that Brad provided in his blog post:
- Mobile Application Management: introducing containers to separate corporate data and application from personal data and applications.
- Conditional Access to Exchange Online: allowing to restrict access to Exchange online only to devices that are enrolled for management and are meeting the compliance policies defined by the IT administrators.
- Deep Management of the Office Mobile Apps on iOS and Android and restricting copy/paste possibilities and save locations.
- Managed Browser and Managed PDF View, AV Player and Image Viewer apps. Full details on this capability and some scenarios are outlined in this earlier blog post by Brad.
- Bulk enrollment of iOS devices using Apple Configurator: through integration with Apple Configurator bulk enrollment of devices is now supported. This also enables the use of configuration files that can be imported into Intune to set custom iOS policies
This service update is being rolled out at this very moment; between December 9th and December 12th. To see when tenants will be updated customers can have a look at the Intune Service Dashboard.
As this is currently only applicable to Intune Standalone the next logical question would be if / when we will see these features for UDM implementations (integrating Configuration Manager with Intune). That question remains unanswered for now but based on this post on the Microsoft Intune blog we can assume these will be made available shortly.
Based on an announcement on the Microsoft Intune team blog yesterday, a set of new features will be coming to Microsoft Intune this week. The update will be rolled out between November 17 and November 19 and applies to Intune standalone (or cloud) only.
With this update Microsoft also throws the “Windows Intune” term into the dustbin. “Microsoft Intune” will be the terminology used for the future, as the capabilities nowadays extend a lot further than just the Windows platform (iOS and Android).
A quick overview of the new features:
- Enhanced user interface for Intune administration console
- Ability to restrict access to Exchange on-premises email based upon device enrollment
- Bulk enrollment of devices using a single service account
- Lockdown of Supervised iOS devices and devices using Samsung KNOX with Kiosk mode
- Targeting of policies and apps by device groups
- Ability to report on and allow or block a specific set of applications
- Enforcement of application install or uninstall
- Deployment of certificates, email, VPN and WiFi profiles
- Ability to push free store apps to iOS devices
- More convenient access to internal corporate resources using per-app VPN configurations for iOS devices
- Remote pin reset for Windows Phone 8.1 devices
- Multi-factor authentication at enrollment for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices
- Ability to restrict administrator access to a specific set of user and device groups
- Updated Company Portal apps to support customizable terms and conditions
For those experienced with Microsoft’s UDM solution –where ConfigMgr and Intune are integrated- you will recognize quite some familiar features.
More info can be found on the Intune Team blog.
Until next time!