The new Quick Assist…  Not quite ready for Prime Time

So this weekend, I sat down knowing I needed to blog. It has been almost EIGHT weeks since I’ve written one, and that’s really too long. I have a few draft blogs which are starting to take the form of a series that my friend MVP Darrell Webster helped name “How I stay Intune”, but the last few months have been very busy (Work, home life – I’m a 100% single parent) and burn out is becoming a very real reality for me right now. So after seeing that Microsoft had released a new version of Quick Assist, and reading…

Ensuring the Device Name for Windows Intune managed devices is set to Serial Number

A while ago, I wrote a blog around Restricting the Local Admin group with Intune.  In that blog, I mentioned some scenarios where certain Windows Autopilot configurations may not have worked correctly for one reason or another.  That blog focused on the Local Admins group, but I did note the device Computer Name, so I thought I would follow up with a blog on this. I have mentioned in a past blog that I am a fan of using the serial number of a device as its Device Name in Intune.  The Windows Autopilot deployment Profile is a great and simple…

Installing Windows ‘C release’ updates with Intune

Today, Microsoft released the Windows 11 January 2022 Preview (or ‘C release’) update.  This update fixes a crucial VPN issue I have been assisting Microsoft with.  The issue it fixes is the stability of the Intune deployed VPN profile (every time the device syncs with Intune, the VPN would either appear or disappear). As ‘C release’ updates are not available via Windows Update for Business so I have a challenge to deploy this update to my Windows 11 users. I decided to take the .msu update file and wrap it as an Win32 app to deploy using Microsoft Intune I…

2021 Daylight Savings change in Fiji – Update (and fix for Microsoft Teams)

In a previous blog, I wrote about how to implement the Microsoft recommended mitigation for the 2021 change to daylight savings in Fiji. While this mostly worked, there was an issue with Microsoft Teams calendars where they would still be an hour out, however the system clock and Outlook calendar would be correct. Microsoft produced a fix to account for the cancellation of Daylight Savings the November C release. At the time the release notes only reflected the change for the Windows 11 Update, but now the notes reflect that the fix is also in the Windows 10 Update. It…

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…

(Updated) Removing Teams Chat from the taskbar with Intune

A few weeks ago, I wrote about using a CSP setting in a custom Intune Configuration Profile to remove Teams Chat from the taskbar. This process works well and can still be used, but as the world of modern workplace is always changing, so I thought it might be useful to also document that this setting is now available to configure and deploy via the Settings Catalog. I thought I would try this out in my lab so I have removed the previous Custom CSP Intune Configuration Profile deployment I can see on my Windows 11 device, the Teams Chat…

Removing the Built-in Microsoft Teams app with Intune – Take Two (a better approach)

In my last blog post, I wrote about using Win32 Apps as a better alternative to the Intune PowerShell feature for configuration changes. I also recently wrote about how to remove the new built-in Microsoft Teams app. My friend Loryan Strant (Check out his awesome wisdom here) reached out and mentioned that he has seen some occurrences of the built-in Teams app reappearing some time after the PowerShell Script has been run to remove the App. So taking my learnings from using the Win32 App approach, I though this method may be a good way to tackle the issue of…

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…

Removing the Windows 11 Xbox App with Intune

When managing Windows 10 devices, I use a handy script in Intune that removes a number of inbox apps that come built-in to Windows.  Recently l wrote about removing the Teams Personal app, but another app almost slipped past me. The Xbox app.  It had me a little bit confused as I thought my existing script to remove inbox apps covered all the Xbox apps.  However, it looks like there is a new Xbox app in Windows 11 To find this new Xbox app, I used the following command to get a list of all Appx packages installed. I was…

Removing Teams Chat from the taskbar with Intune

Windows 11 comes with a built-in version of Microsoft Teams.  I have written a blog detailing how to remove this with Intune, but there is also a Teams Chat icon that still remains pinned to the taskbar. Microsoft have released a CSP to allow the Chat icon on the taskbar to be configured I created the following Custom Configuration Profile in Intune Profile Name Win 11 – Custom – Policy CSP – Experience – ConfigureChatIcon Profile Description Disabled Teams Chat Icon OMA-URI Settings Name ConfigureChatIcon Description ConfigureChatIcon OMA-URI ./Device/Vendor/MSFT/Policy/Config/Experience/ConfigureChatIcon Data Type Integer Value 3 There options available for value are…