Author: Kevin Kaminski

Microsoft’s Mixed Messages Could Derail Windows Servicing Best Practices #Windows10 #WaaS

Background During the tepid Summer of 2018, Microsoft announced that it would be extending Windows 10 support for Education and Enterprise customers from 18 months to 30 months. In conjunction with that extension, they also announced that Windows 7 would receive additional support options for a hefty monthly fee. On the surface, I’m sure Microsoft’s marketing department thought these updates would generate goodwill and cheers of celebration. At a deeper level of analysis, the decisions by Microsoft are worthy of a facepalm because they fly in the face of how organizations should approach managing their Windows 10 ecosystem. I’ve...

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Let’s Take a Look at the MSIX Roadmap #MSIX #MVPHour #Win10

Introduction There are so many announcements to keep up with at Ignite, I’ve been trying to stay within my wheelhouse, which has largely been all things App-V. With over 20 years of experience in application packaging, I instinctively track new technologies such as MSIX like a jumping spider tracks a mayfly. I’m only going to cover the roadmap items below, and in some cases, the details are a little sparse. For a good primer on the MSIX platform, check out my previous post from the Windows Developer Day keynote. I’m confident that if Microsoft can stick to their roadmap,...

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Introducing the Intune PowerShell SDK #Intune #PowerShell #MVPHour

Ignite is turning out to be boiling over with new technologies and ideas, and you can really feel the momentum building behind Intune. For those of you that are struggling to customize Intune to suit your organization’s requirements, there is a collection of PowerShell scripts on GitHub maintained by David Falkus (@davefalkus) and others at Microsoft and the community that you need to start using. These scripts have become a great reference for using Graph API, which is the supported method for connecting to Microsoft 365 cloud services. The scripts have also helped with day to day management. I...

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Security Baselines, Intune and MDM. Oh My! #Intune #GroupPolicy #MDM #MVPHour

Security should always be at the forefront of our thinking these days and I can tell you that I’m up to my elbows in it on a regular basis. Today, it was announced that Microsoft has finally developed a security baseline for Intune that should help many us of dealing with custom security policies and help standardize our methods for hardening devices. With the traditional desktop, I usually walk through a fairly well-defined process when configuring the Group Policy security baselines: Go to Microsoft and download a baseline Modify it accordingly Test and remediate issues Deploy to production Unfortunately,...

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Intune Builds a Bridge #SCCM #Intune #Win32 #MSIX #MVPHour

Microsoft Ignite 2018, has kicked off and without wasting any time, Brad Anderson made a huge announcement for Intune that finally answers the problem of deploying Win32 applications via the cloud. In its 25th year, the mega-conference brings together the best and brightest in the industry and showcases the bleeding edge in hardware and software within Microsoft’s ecosystem in a sprawling and decadent affair. This is one conference I make a point of attending. Last year at this time, I discussed Microsoft’s introduction of co-management where Windows 10 devices could be managed through both Microsoft Intune and System Center...

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