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…

Removing the Built-in Microsoft Teams app with Intune

With Windows 11, Microsoft Teams is now available as a built in app… which is great! But at the time of writing this post, you cannot use the Microsoft Teams built-in app with a Work or School account…  not great. Many business managed devices that have been upgraded to Windows 11 will also still have the Teams Machine-Wide Installer version of Microsoft Teams, resulting in the user the experience of two versions of Microsoft Teams in the Start Menu. At this stage, only the Teams Machine-Wide Installer version of Microsoft Teams can be used, so having the built-in version present…

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…