Windows 11 Azure AD Groups and Filters – An update

The more I think about managing Windows 11 in Azure AD and Intune, the more I want to refine some of the configurations I have done. The recent Windows 11 Dev Channel build had me thinking about the Azure AD and Intune Filter blog posts and the configurations done there. Now if you are not doing any Windows Insidering at your company (first thing I’d ask is why not, but that’s a conversation for another time), then the configurations for Windows 11 in those blog posts should be perfectly fine until the next release of Windows 11 in 2022 (Remember,…

Windows 10, 11 and Intune Filters

In a previous post I wrote about a way to create an Azure AD dynamic device group to identify Windows 11 devices. But what if you don’t want to add an additional group or groups, or do a bit of rework with your Intune configuration, or have Intune profiles and policies targeted at groups that only contain users? Fortunately a recent Intune feature (currently in preview) may be able to help here. Filters are a way to deploy Intune profiles and policies to user and/or device groups where there maybe (for example) both Windows 10 and Windows 11 devices, but…

Windows 11 and Intune – A Windows 11 Dynamic Device Group

I’ve recently started working on validating Windows 11 in my organisation. We manage our devices primarily with Intune now so I need a quick and easy way to identify these devices. I’m a big fan of using Azure AD Dynamic Groups to reduce admin overhead, and I use these a lot (both Device and User) to help me manage my environment. I have a standard Windows 10 Dynamic group The Query used here (device.managementType -eq “MDM”) -and (device.deviceOSType -contains “Windows”) will look for all Windows devices that are Intune managed and add them to this Azure AD group. However, at…

Previously on thenewnumber2.com….

Wow, it has been a crazy last 18 months…  I haven’t updated this blog in months, in fact, this is my first post for 2021 which kind of defeats the purpose in having a blog in some ways.  So, it’s well overdue (and will most likely be very disjointed) so here we go. What has made me write this blog today? – well, reflection. Last night, I attended the Trans-Tasman Super Rugby Grand Final at Eden Park in Auckland – and for a someone who has been a rugby fan for decades (although that passion for the game has waned…

Extreme Digital Transformation – Stories from the community

So Microsoft Ignite 2020 is underway and I am fortunate to be presenting a Table Topic this year with these four IT professionals, Loryan Strant, Kirsty McGrath, Rene Modery and Ashish Trivedi    The topic is: Extreme Digital Transformation – Stories from the community It was while both preparing for this event and a recent Facebook post by a very good friend, who mentioned a friend of hers making a well-meaning comment around her personal businesses potentially impacting her current job.  Now I understand that the comment was said with all the best intentions, but it really does highlight some…

Stuck in a rut…

CONTEXT: I wrote this about four weeks ago – I was in a bit of a rut, but after putting these words into OneNote, I felt a lot better.  Today I got a call about something that happened in February (not hard to guess what that event was if you look back in this blog).  It knocked me a bit today so it feels right to not just re-read this, but also to publish it. I’ve been feeling a little bit down recently – its been a tough first half of a year and quite frankly, I’m exhausted. The culmination…

Reflecting, two months on…

Her death certificate came in the post today.  Exactly two months to the day from when I got home from Sydney and had to do the toughest thing a parent could ever do. It’s been a crazy crazy two months, and the world has changed in such a short time. Looking back, the first month actually went very slowly.  There were days where I was just in a haze, wondering how the hell this would get better and I cannot begin to describe the worry I had (and still have) for my kids. Each one had taken the loss of…

TheUptake Podcast

OK, somethings very cool happened to me yesterday…  Well, at least I think it’s pretty cool. A wee while ago, Anna Chu reached out to me and my good friend Chris Gill about appearing on her podcast – The Uptake with Anna Chu.  The topic being something very personal to me – Neurodiversity. I’ll be honest, being on an actual podcast terrified me!!  Sure, I can easily listen to podcasts, but being on one, well it’s not something I ever thought I’d do. My good (bad) friend Impostor Syndrome decided to hitch a ride with me throughout the experience, but…

Windows Autopilot and (Non Pacific Standard Time) Time zones

First things first…  Let me say I LOVE WINDOWS AUTOPILOT!!  It’s an awesome way for organisations to on-board Windows 10 devices in this new Modern Workplace world.  But while the technology has been ground-breaking for Window by bringing that user driven on-boarding experience that people are used to with iOS and Android, it has not been without its problems. Recently, I’ve had an issue when implementing this solution and it’s taken some serious troubleshooting, multiple service calls and some rather stressful times. I want to state here that while I detail this experience originally from a client site, nothing in…

That night at Tool…

It’s been a pretty crappy February….  There is no doubt about that.  The extreme highs of an awesome conference and seeing friends from overseas was quickly replaced by the tragic events I detailed in my last blog. But this Friday just gone, I allowed myself a moment away from all of this to catch up with two very special friends and attend the Tool concert in Auckland. This was a gig planed months ago (the tickets for this show sold out within minutes of the pre-sale opening) and I was thinking that given what’s happened recently, I shouldn’t attend this…