Inventory Lenovo BIOS password states using PowerShell and Proactive Remediations

Introduction

Configuring the BIOS password on a Lenovo device for the first time, requires manual labor. Either by you or by the OEM before shipping. For security reasons, this cannot be done remotely.

So, what if the idea of having a supervisor password on your devices is relatively new, and you have thousands of devices out there without?

Then you’ll have to come up with a process on getting to them manually, and in this process, knowing exactly which devices that needs attention is key.

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Use Group Policy analytics to migrate Microsoft 365 Apps Security Baseline to the cloud

Introduction

A new version of Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise security baseline was released last week, delivering the latest recommended security configuration for the included applications.

Now, by the time of writing, not everything can be transitioned into Microsoft Intune natively. There are simply not MDM support for each and every setting. So for those settings without MDM support, you will have to leverage ADMX ingestion or PowerShell.

This post will give you insight on using Group Policy Analytics, as well as how to use ADMX ingestion and PowerShell to completely transition management of the security baseline into the cloud.

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Escrow BitLocker recovery keys to Azure AD during Feature Update to Windows 11

Introduction

As promised, I’m continuing my Windows 11 journey, this time giving you a small nugget on how to escrow BitLocker recovery keys to Azure AD during a Windows 11 Feature Update.

In my specific scenario, the recovery keys has so far been stored in on-premises AD. For Windows 11, we change that, and store them in Azure AD instead.

For your convenience, find links to my previous Windows 11 posts here:

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Monitor your Windows 11 Feature Updates with Custom Action Scripts and notifications sent to Microsoft Teams

Introduction

I’m kind of continuing on last weeks topic, where I wrote about leveraging SetupConfig.ini and SetupComplete.cmd to carry out custom tasks during a Windows 11 Feature Update. 

Today I want to demonstrate, how you can leverage the same custom action scripts, to send notifications to a Microsoft Teams channel upon success or failure, when upgrading to Windows 11 using a Feature Update.

I’m still preparing Windows 11 for broad deployment and I will post my exact process once it’s ready. For now I’m just giving you tiny tidbits along the way. 🙂

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Remove built-in Teams app and Chat Icon in Windows 11 during a Feature Update via SetupConfig.ini and SetupComplete.cmd

Introduction

This topic in particular, has been very popular since the release of Windows 11 back in October last year.

At this point, there’s at least a dozen posts out there, on how to remove either the built-in Teams app or the Chat Icon from the task bar on devices running Windows 11 already.

I’m in the middle of preparing Windows 11 for broad deployment myself, and this is how I make sure the built-in Teams app and Chat Icon is removed before the user logs on to Windows 11 for the first time. In this scenario, after completing the Feature Update coming from Windows 10.

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Deploy your Always On VPN Profile for Windows 11 using Proactive Remediations in Microsoft Intune

Introduction

Why would you do this, when there’s a built-in option to do so, you may ask?

Well, I needed an alternative, as I kept getting some weird errors when using the built-in configuration profile in Intune. The errors only happens for me on Windows 11, so while I’m investigating these, I wanted to have an alternative in order for us to move on with our Windows 11 process.

  • EDIT: I was just made aware in the comment section, that there’s a known issue around this. Granted, this post can obviously serve as a workaround (or permanent solution moving forward) 🙂

Also, there’s still no option to lock the VPN strategy to SSTP-only in the native configuration profile in Intune. For that I used to run another weekly PowerShell script, resetting the strategy from IKEv2 to SSTP-only. Using a solution like this, also removes that requirement.

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Use custom compliance settings in Microsoft Intune to require Windows Hello enrollment

Introduction

Custom compliance settings in Intune, is a relatively new feature and is still in preview. However, the potential in this feature is enormous, and extends the possibilities for compliance policies almost endlessly.

A similar feature released to ConfigMgr 2 years ago, and is something I also blogged about here:

To demonstrate how awesome this really is, I will give you something I intend to use in production once the feature goes GA.

The use case here, is to ultimately use this in combination with Conditional Access. We don’t force the Windows Hello for Business enrollment via the built-in and full-screen wizard. We believe that’s too intrusive. Instead we send out Toast Notifications to those users/devices, where WHfB is still not in use.

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Manage Windows Defender Firewall settings with Endpoint security: Move from Group Policy to Microsoft Intune

Introduction

More relevant than ever. Denmark is well into their second COVID-lockdown, and working from home and remote is yet again mandatory for many.

Speaking of remote work, moving workloads off of your on-premises Active Directory, and therefore being less dependent on your VPN, should be something to prioritize.

  • Obviously assuming on-premises AD as well as VPN requirement in this scenario, as this is still the reality for many

Managing your Windows Defender Firewall settings from the cloud is not only convenient, but I’d argue also something that will increase your security posture. I’ll try to elaborate along the lines.

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Detect and Remediate Lenovo Vantage vulnerabilities using Proactive Remediations and Microsoft Endpoint Manager

Introduction

Just a quick blog post, on how to detect and remediate the Lenovo Vantage Vulnerabilities disclosed this week.

This surely has been an eventful week for most IT professionals, beginning with the #Log4j nightmare, and now ending with some Lenovo Vantage fun. Joking aside, this fix is pretty easy, but making sure and proving the vulnerability has been mitigated throughout your environment, might be something else. This post explains how I did.

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New Security Baseline version November 2021 for Windows 10/11 in Microsoft Endpoint Manager

Introduction

Super quick blog post, covering the new version of Security Baselines for Windows 10 and 11 in Intune, which was delivered to us with the 2111 service release.

Not much has changed. In fact, if coming from the previous baseline version (December 2020), only one setting has been added: Scan scripts that are used in Microsoft browsers.

So lets take a quick peek at the process I went through, in order to update my Security Baseline.

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