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…

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…

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…

Microsoft Ignite The Tour – ANZAC Edition

The Microsoft Ignite tour rolls into Sydney this week. Not only am I fortunate to attend, but like in Orlando in 2018, I am going to be sharing the stage not once, but twice with the Chief Ninja Cat herself – Dona Sarkar. Both sessions are scheduled for Thursday, are back to back, and in the last two time slots of the conference.  I’m expecting some epic movement between rooms, not to mention some fast footwork as my flight home to New Zealand leaves not long after. The first session is an important one for me.  Along with Dona, two…

Let’s not forget about Office!

Yesterday, I wrote about the one-year countdown to the end of support for Windows 7. End of Life of support is an important subject for many organisations and I’ve had some great comments made on LinkedIn about my Windows 7 End of Life Blog. In many organisations, Windows often goes hand in hand with Office and often being deployed together as part of a desktop refresh project.  The version of office frequently ties in with the version of Windows, for example – Windows 7 would be deployed with Office 2010 ProPlus, Windows 8.1 with Office 2013 ProPlus and Windows 10…

Windows 7 – One Year to go!

Today marks one year to the day until Windows 7 goes end of life. In an ideal world, most of us would like to be around “90% done upgrading”, but as previous experience shows this often isn’t the case.  Be honest, how long did it take before you switched off your last Windows XP device… 2015, 2016, or was it 2017 when WannaCry made you think that it’s a really bad idea (not to mention dangerous) to keep these devices running. Even with time running out, there are several options available and It really depends on where you are at…

Reflecting on 2018

Well, 2018 has been consigned to the history books and as I sit here recovering from another Christmas/New Years in the New Zealand summer with the Cricket on the radio, I find myself thinking of the year that has past. On the last working day of 2018, I walked past my first desk (I’ve had three this year for anyone counting). On the windows was a 2018 ‘to do’ list, a list that to be honest, I’d forgotten about (I have moved desks three times as well as two floors). The list had several tasks that I wanted to achieve…

Transitioning Windows 7 devices to Windows 10 Modern Management with Windows Autopilot

My org is taking on the challenge of delivering a modern workspace to our user community . It will be good-bye to legacy Active Directory joined windows devices and excessive Group Policy that makes the user experience simply put – awful. Windows 10 is a modern operating system for a modern era with Windows as a Service delivering new features on a six monthly cadence that our user community should benefit from. Also, it’s not 1997 anymore, the combination of smart phone and tablet devices along with the injection of millennials into the work force means the user community is…