Configuration Manager Proxy Exceptions

This post provides a summary of the URLs required for Configuration Manager current branch to provide resources that require Internet access. Because Configuration Manager relies on other components, it can be difficult to find a single source of URLs required. Software Updates rely on Windows Server Updates Services (WSUS) and the Service Connection Point uses Intune… Read more

Changes to Software Updates on Down Level Operating Systems for ConfigMgr Admins

Back in May, Microsoft started on a journey of simplifying and improving servicing for Operating Systems prior to Windows 10. These changes apply to Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2. References: More on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 servicing changes A Bit About the Windows Servicing Model Configuration… Read more

Email an MDM enrollment link for Windows 10 users

To MDM enrol a Windows 10 device, the end user must manually run the enrollment wizard. To do this, your users must go Settings > Accounts > Access Work or School > Enroll only in device management The alternative option since Windows 1607 is to use a URI. You can email the following URL as… Read more

View Connected Configuration Manager Console Information

Beginning with Configuration Manager current branch, version 1602 it is now possible to see a list of active connected Configuration Manager consoles. At this stage there is no built in way of seeing historical information, but you could archive the information periodically using PowerShell if that is the sort of information you are looking for…. Read more

ARM Template to deploy Technical Preview

This post introduces two topics which are all the rage at the moment – Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates and Desired State Configuration (DSC). As I get tired of building demo labs for technical preview releases I decided to automate the build of a simple lab in Azure. You can read more about ARM templates… Read more

Blocking Apps on iOS with Intune

A very (very) common ask from our customers is whether or not we can whitelist/blacklist apps on iOS devices. From iOS 9.3, Apple made this option available for all Supervised devices, exposing it via the SDK and Apple Configurator. Microsoft Intune now supports the ability to allow/block individual apps via the Show or Hide Apps… Read more

Enrolling a Mac into Microsoft Intune

Mac management with Intune is something that I’m asked about fairly regularly. While our support today (at time of post) is limited, it’s very simple to offer this to your users. For those without a Mac handy, I wanted to show you the enrollment process for a Mac device. Firstly, you need to make sure… Read more

Where is my SCCM CB Media ?

I got a great question from one of my customers Andrew Mazzeo the other day, about where can you get the media for the current release of Current Branch, in case there was a need to recover the environment as the only version that seems to be available for download is 1511. After some research… Read more

PowerShell to query Intune Health Dashboard

A couple of months ago, we moved the Intune health status data from the dashboard into the Office 365 Health Dashboard. We believe the experience is much better, having health information targeted at your tenants region and wrapped up into the overall Office 365 portal. It also means we can use the Microsoft Online… Read more

Troubleshooting MSI Deployments over the MDM Channel

The ability to deploy Win32 MSI apps to MDM enrolled devices is becoming more popular and there is a lot of great information out their on how to deploy MSI payloads either through Intune Standalone or Intune Hybrid (ConfigMgr). This post is aimed at assisting you in some troubleshooting steps when things go wrong. For… Read more