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Tech Talks: Microsoft Intune Conditional Access

The next video in my Tech Talks series is now live. This time we are covering Conditional Access with Microsoft Intune.



Hotfix: SQL Server Management Studio and Server Manager crashing

Had an interesting issue with a client on a fresh install today.  SQL Server Management Studio would crash as soon as you tried to open a new query window or open a saved query.  Also if you tried to view the local server in Server Manager it was crash as well. 

After some searching, I came across the following KB which fixed both my issues. This occurred on 2 separate servers that were fresh installs.

The issue apparently has to do with the winspool.drv


Tech Talks: Azure Rights Management

Today I’m happy to present a video in a new series I’m doing where we’ll be taking topics and presenting them in a video format. The goal is to provide an overview or breakdown of the topic in a 5 minute or less video.

Today’s video is Azure Rights Management, I’m going to quickly show you what the experience looks like on the PC and on the iPad and how easy the solution is to use.




Microsoft Intune: Multiple Terms and Conditions

Fellow MVP Peter van der Woude has a really well put together post documenting the new feature in Intune that allows multiple custom Terms and Conditions.

Read his post here.


Microsoft Intune: Day Zero Support for iOS 9 with Intune

Excellent post detailing the new iOS 9 features that will be available in Intune shortly.

Highly recommended reading.

Earlier today Apple released the final version of iOS 9 to developers worldwide (with public release set for Sept 16, and a new iOS 9.1 beta drop available). Over the past few months, we have been busy working to ensure that Intune is fully compatible with this latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, and we are happy to announce that Microsoft Intune has Day 0 support for managing iOS 9 devices. All the existing Intune features currently available for managing iOS devices will continue to work seamlessly as users upgrade their devices to iOS 9. As a member of the Intune Product Engineering team that works closely with Apple on support for its platforms, I want to share insights into some of the new iOS 9 features for IT and the Enterprise and how they are supported in Microsoft Intune. As we continuously update the Intune service, you will begin to see these new features and many more.


Microsoft Intune: Intune and EMS subscriptions now available in the Office 365 portal!

Nice update to the o365 portal to make management easier.

Read the full post here.

We have received feedback from you asking for fewer portals to manage your Microsoft subscriptions. Based upon this feedback, we are merging the Microsoft Intune account portal with the Office 365 management portal to simplify your user experience.

As an initial change, the Office 365 management portal now supports subscription management and license assignment for Intune and Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS). Until late September, you can continue to use the Intune account portal while you update your workflows and bookmarks. Following this transition period, the Office 365 management portal will be where you will manage subscriptions and license assignments. We anticipate retiring the Intune portal on or after September 28, 2015 and an in-service banner will be added to remind you of this change.

For EMS customers who previously visited the Azure portal for user creation and license assignment, you can continue to use the Azure portal to take advantage of advanced features such as group license assignment. Alternatively, you can begin assigning licenses while already managing other subscriptions in the Office 365 management portal. There are no changes to the Azure portal or the Intune admin console as part of this migration.



Lunch Break, ep. 1: Todd Bishop, Editor & Co-Founder, GeekWire

Fun video series by Brad Anderson.  I enjoyed watching it and am looking forward to more!

Read the original post here.

Today marks the launch of Season 1 of my new series featuring some of the smartest and most interesting people I know from around the industry.

In episode 1, I talk with Todd Bishop, the editor and co-founder of the tech site


Intune: New Features

Latest batch of Intune features was announced, read the original post here.

New Microsoft Intune features and enhancements will be released over the next week. Building on the Intune management capabilities for Windows 10 that were announced in May, this service update adds support for creating and deploying Windows 10 configuration policies and VPN profiles using new Windows 10-specific templates. Additionally, as detailed on the Active Directory team blog, you can now automatically enroll Windows 10 devices into Intune device management using Azure AD join.

In addition to these new Windows 10 management capabilities, this Intune service update includes several other features and enhancements, such as:

Deployment of certificates in .pfx format: You can deploy certificates in Personal Information Exchange (.pfx) format to Windows 10 and Android devices without need for Network Device Enrollment Service (NDES).

  • Multi-identity support for OneDrive app on Android: When using the OneDrive app for Android devices, users can access both their personal and corporate accounts in the same app while Intune mobile application management policies are only applied to the user’s corporate account (Multi-identity support for OneDrive app on iOS previously released in June).
  • User-specific terms and conditions: You can deploy customized terms and conditions to Intune user groups which they must accept before using the Intune Company Portal to enroll devices and access corporate resources.
  • Conditional access for Windows PCs: You can restrict access to Office 365 so that only domain-joined PCs running Office 2013 can connect.
  • Support for custom VPN profiles for iOS: You have the ability to define VPN settings for additional VPN providers on iOS devices using the new custom option in the VPN profile dropdown menu.
  • Management of Activation Lock feature for iOS: You have the ability to manage the Activation Lock feature on iOS 7.1+ devices, providing you with the option to turn the feature on/off, view status, and bypass the Activation Lock.
  • Intune Company Portal app for Android updated: The Intune Company Portal app for Android has been updated to display device enrollment instructions after signing in for those who have not yet enrolled their device for management.

Intune: Managed Browser Write-Up

Very well done write-up on the Intune Managed Browser done by Peter van der Woude.

Read his excellent post here.

Before I’ll start with the second part of the my blog post about multi-identity in the managed Outlook app, I thought it would be wise to make a side-step to the Microsoft Intune Managed Browser first. The main reason for that is that the Microsoft Intune Managed Browser can also have a managed browser policy configured. That policy can have a direct impact on the end-user experience when opening links from the Outlook app.

The good thing, for this blog post, is that the Microsoft Intune Managed Browser doesn’t use multiple identities. It’s either managed, or not. This blog post will describe the behavior of the Microsoft Intune Managed Browser. During the second part, of my post about multi-identity in the managed Outlook app, this behavior will also be shown.


Table of Contents: Windows 10 + EMS & ConfigMgr

Great post over on the TechNet Blogs. 

Some posts are already published, others are coming, either way, it’s a great resource and I recommend you check it out!