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Author: Kevin Kaminski

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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Eliminate Compliance Fatigue with SupTool #SCCM #Azure #MVPHour

For many of my clients, the work of ensuring the health and compliance of the devices in their organization represents a significant portion of their daily IT task load. The sneaky problem with repetitive, low priority tasks is that they’re usually improperly executed – over and over again. The result is only about 85% of SCCM clients are healthy at any given moment. SupTool can eliminate compliance fatigue and significantly improve performance and security across your organization while working in the background to maintain near 100% SCCM client health. For those of you just hearing about it, SupTool is...

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How to Use an MSI Wrapper to Install Citrix Receiver Client With a Twist

Summary This post will shed some light on how you can reliably install the Citrix Receiver client across your desktop environment with our old friend, the MSI wrapper. One of the projects I’m working on needed a solution to install Citrix Receiver into their desktop environment and, based on the frequency of that work, I thought it would be useful to share how I approached the problem and help you try this technique for yourself. I prepared a boilerplate MSI installer you can download from GitHub or you can download the source files and dissect the methodology further. For...

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Microsoft Unveils MSIX to Streamline and Modernize Application Packaging

  Microsoft made a massive announcement at the Windows Developer Day keynote regarding the future of application packaging and installation for Windows 10. Microsoft has a deep history with Windows application installers, and the announcement revealed that they have finally worked out a way for software developers to package legacy and modern Windows applications for the Windows 10 platform with a single installer. The new package specification, named MSIX, provides a unified packaging format for Win32, Desktop Bridges, and Universal Windows Platform (UWP) applications. MSIX was built from the ground up to deliver complete containerization for Windows 10 applications....

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