Month: August 2019

New Book: The Ultimate Guide to Microsoft Certification

The founder of BuildAzure.com has written a book covering Microsoft’s cloud certification path. The book is intended to answer the following questions: Which Microsoft certification is right for me? What are the Microsoft role-based certifications? What’s the structure of Microsoft exams? Do Microsoft certifications expire? What happens if I fail the exam? Can I retake it? Where do I get started on my personal Microsoft certification journey? If you’re a Kindle Unlimited customer, you can read the book for free, otherwise, it the price for the book is $9.99.

Upcoming Flexera Webinar Introduces a Revolution in Software Packaging

Flexera has released a new component for AdminStudio 2019 called the Package Feed Module. What this new module does is allow corporate packagers to work through a wizard to download the latest versions of a vendor’s setup along with all the applicable installation commands for silent installation and others. Those that have worked with software packaging know that this component alone will save hours of research and allow software to be deployed into testing situations in hours instead of days. It also ensures that end-users get up-to-date with the latest software security patches much, much quicker. The Package Feed Module currently supports nearly 3,000 different installers with updates and new additions occurring daily! If this interests you (if it doesn’t, check your pulse)...

Understand the Roles and Permissions for Distributed Management of an Intune Tenant

Just like the old SCCM days, a company using Intune needs to have proper understanding of how to allow distributed management of the organization’s resources. The Intune RBAC table is a Microsoft Word doc that provides the following information in easy-to-reference format: Definition – The name of a role, and the permissions it configures. Members – The user, or group of users who will be given these permissions. Scope – The users or devices that a specified person (the member) can manage. Assignment – When the definition, members, and scope have been configured, the role is assigned. Download: Intune RBAC table

Update: Microsoft and Symantec Work to Give Customers a Reprieve But for This Month Only

This month’s security updates for Windows 7 and Windows 2008 customers caused those that choose to use Symantec security products to not get the updates. See: So it Begins – Microsoft Puts an Update Block in Place for Windows 7 PCs Running Symantec Software Microsoft put in a block to keep the updates from delivering to the affected systems, but that block has now been lifted, according to an update to Symantec’s support document on this issue. See: Windows 7/Windows 2008 R2 updates that are only SHA-2 signed are not available with Symantec Endpoint Protection installed However, customers still need to be wary and vigilant. Windows 7 and Windows 2008 reach end of life in early 2020 and more issues like this could crop up between now and the end of support. But, bigger still, th...

Windows Virtual Desktop Headed to General Availability

Scott Manchester (@RDS4U) Group Manager, WVD and RDS at Microsoft made the following announcement on Twitter…   We are feature complete with #WVD and will be moving to the final phase for GA. Spin up your VMs and start testing your scenarios. Got issues? Engage our community: https://t.co/2amQHtQqwI #WVD #Azure #Microsoft — Scott Manchester (@RDS4U) August 13, 2019 Windows Virtual Desktop is a comprehensive desktop and app virtualization service running in the cloud. It’s the only virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) that delivers simplified management, multi-session Windows 10, optimizations for Office 365 ProPlus, and support for Remote Desktop Services (RDS) environments. Deploy and scale your Windows desktops and apps on Azure in minutes, and get built-in security and compli...

So it Begins – Microsoft Puts an Update Block in Place for Windows 7 PCs Running Symantec Software

Windows 7 and Windows 2008 PCs that are running Symantec security software are having issues installing updates today. The issue is due to security signing. Windows 7, of course, is scheduled for the trash heap in February 2020. Symantec and Microsoft are working on a temporary fix. Symantec’s support doc: Windows 7/Windows 2008 R2 updates that are only SHA-2 signed are not available with Symantec Endpoint Protection installed Microsoft’s support doc: August 13, 2019—KB4512486 (Security-only update) Microsoft and Symantec have identified an issue that occurs when a device is running any Symantec or Norton antivirus program and installs updates for Windows that are signed with SHA-2 certificates only. The Windows updates are blocked or deleted by the antivirus program during ins...

Migrate Policies from SCCM to Intune

As Intune becomes the more popular option for managing devices in the cloud, the ability to easily migrate from existing system becomes important. One tool, Microsoft Intune Data Importer, aids in that effort. Microsoft Intune Data Importer is currently intended to migrate the following SCCM objects: Configuration items Certificate profiles Email profiles VPN profiles Wi-Fi profiles Compliance policies Apps Deployments Full details: Import Configuration Manager data to Microsoft Intune Download the tool: Microsoft Intune Data Importer

Preparing Windows Classic Apps for Delivery Using Intune

For those utilizing Intune for device management, being able to deliver software much like pre-Intune systems is a must. For Windows, Intune supports both Microsoft Store apps and legacy, “classic” apps. To deliver classic apps, a tool is available that converts (or wrap) the packages into the .intunewin format. The tool is available from here: Microsoft Win32 Content Prep Tool Use the Microsoft Win32 Content Prep Tool to pre-process Windows Classic apps. The packaging tool converts application installation files into the .intunewin format. The packaging tool also detects the parameters required by Intune to determine the application installation state. After you use this tool on your apps, you will be able to upload and assign the apps in the Microsoft Intune console.

Granting Local Admin Rights for Users Using Intune Devices that are Azure AD Joined

If you’d like to assign local administrator rights to specific people in the organization, you do it through the Azure Active Directory blade in the Azure portal. 1. In portal.azure.com go to Azure Active Directory. 2. Select Devices 3. Select Device Settings 4. Under Additional local administrators on Azure AD Joined devices, you can add the admins here.

Determine Which Group Policy Settings will Transfer to Intune and Which Will Not

Many organizations rely on Group Policies to manage various settings for their PCs. But, with a large portion of those organizations now looking to utilize Microsoft Intune for cloud-based management, determining how to manage those settings in a similar way can be difficult. A tool is available called the MDM Migration Analysis Tool (MMAT). MMAT will determine which Group Policies have been set for a target user/computer and cross-reference against its built-in list of supported MDM policies. MMAT will then generate both XML and HTML reports indicating the level of support for each Group Policy in terms of MDM equivalents. Download: https://github.com/WindowsDeviceManagement/MMAT

Keeping Current with the Intune Updates Roadmap

Microsoft provides a Microsoft 365 Roadmap site that lists out upcoming features and provides proposed dates for release. The site also provides a filter mechanism, allowing you to display only the products you’re most interested in seeing. Intune is included as a filter so you can identify upcoming features. Filtered just by Intune: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/roadmap?rtc=3&filters=Microsoft%20Intune RSS feed: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/RoadmapFeatureRSS Additionally, you can apply more filters to pare the list down to in development, rolling out, and launched.

New Tools Released for Azure Cloud Shell

New and updated tools are now available for Azure Cloud Shell. The new tools include: Azure Functions CLI—The Azure Functions CLI gives you the ability to create, test, run, and debug Azure Functions. Create and run your first Azure Function using these steps. Bolt—Puppet Bolt is an open source tool to automate the management of your infrastructure. Use it to automate tasks that are part of your day-to-day workflows, or to automate your as-needed tasks. Packer—HashiCorp Packer is a tool to automate the creation of a machine image, whether it’s a VM, a container, or more from a single configuration source. Updated tools: Java Development Kit: Version 8.40.0.25 Azure PowerShell Azure CLI

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