2021 Daylight Savings change in Fiji

I work at a company which is New Zealand based, but also has offices and people in eight Pacific Island countries, one of these being Fiji. I was recently made aware of a change to Fiji’s Daylight Savings in 2021 – in a nutshell, the Fijian government has decided to put Daylight Savings on hold for 2021-22. Normally, Microsoft would issue an update for Windows but due to the insufficient time available, a patch is unlikely to be released before the original start of daylight savings on 14 November 2021. This means that Windows devices in the Fijian time zone…

Using Intune Win32 Apps instead of Intune PowerShell Scripts

Sometimes, you just need to deploy a one off setting or configuration quickly, and the Intune PowerShell feature can be very handy to do this.  I have used this a lot to run PowerShell scripts on my managed Windows 10 and 11 Endpoints to do admin tasks like removing built-in Windows apps, or to enforce certain configurations. A recent example of this was to set a registry key to disable the ‘Could not reconnect all network drives’ toast notification (which is more of an annoyance as the the network drives are actually working but this notification can generate unnecessary calls…

Upgrade to Windows 11 using Feature Updates in Intune

Today marks the General Availability of Windows 11. Along with this there is an update to the Feature updates for Windows 10 and later (Preview) feature in Intune to assist with upgrading Intune managed devices to Window 11. I have previously used the Feature Updates feature to control deployment of Feature Updates outside of my Windows Insider for Business channels Before I get into how I have configured this for Windows 11, it may be useful to see how I have done this previously for Windows 10. Below I have two Feature Update profiles.  Win 10 – Feature Updates Deployment…

Configuring the Windows 11 Start Menu Layout and Taskbar with Intune

The Windows 11 Start Menu Layout is one of the most noticeable features that is different from its Windows 10 predecessor, so therefore it would also make sense that configurations set in in Intune for the Windows 10 Start layout will not work on Windows 11 Microsoft have released some information on how to configure the Windows 11 start layout using Intune, so I thought that I would detail what I have done with configuring both the Windows 11 Start Layout and Windows 11 Taskbar using Intune. Windows 11 Start Layout To create a Windows 11 Start Layout and deploy…

Restricting the Local Admins group – Intune

Sometimes, a device that should be onboarded with Autopilot, doesn’t get onboarded with Autopilot – for example, I recently uploaded the hardware hashes for several hundred devices provided by a hardware vendor.  The majority of these devices kicked into Windows Autopilot and onboarded with the appropriate Deployment Profile assigned. But I noticed that a very small number of devices did not onboard correctly, and while this isn’t a huge issue for the user, there were a few things that could cause an issue – two immediately spring to mind The computer name is randomly generated instead of having the computer…

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 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…

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…

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…

Windows Analytics – Why wouldn’t you…

I just launched Windows Analytics in my org, so while its fresh, I thought I’d write a bit about what I did. Windows Analytics is (in my opinion) a critical piece to any organisations Windows as a Service strategy and will complement how you can maintain Windows 10 while validating the applications in your organisation. Windows Analytics is a free solution from Microsoft (both the solution and the Azure Storage – Windows Analytics data is zero rated), so the only real cost is your time. Windows Analytics has three components that make up the solution, two are free to use,…