A first look into the new Antivirus Endpoint security policy experience in Microsoft Endpoint Manager

Introduction

Good news everyone!

Last week, a new Endpoint security policy experience in Microsoft Endpoint Manager was released. Among the new policies, you will find a brand new way of managing your Microsoft Defender Antivirus. This new policy type, offers the long-sought for tri-state configurations consisting of No, Yes and Not-configured, which simplifies things greatly.

I do think these new policies will make management a lot easier. Once all of your configurations eventually has transitioned away from regular device configuration profiles, the general view of security measures taken on your devices within Microsoft Intune, will improve by a lot.

This is not a typical A-Z guide, but rather my first and brief look into the new options. All of this of course, based on my own production environment. Curious? Read on. 🙂

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Windows 10 Toast Notification Script Update: Run ConfigMgr applications directly from the action button

Introduction

Another update to the Windows 10 Toast Notification Script is a reality. Now being on version 1.6.

The feedback and questions related to the Windows 10 Toast Notification Script keeps coming and that’s amazing!

In my last post and update of the script, I added the option to natively and with help of a custom protocol in Windows, to run task sequences directly from the action button.

Since then, I was asked if the script is able to launch application directly from the action button as well, and sure thing. I just added that capability to the script and the details are explained below.

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My Always On VPN configuration with Microsoft Intune and Configuration Manager explained

Introduction

This is another post, I have wanted to do for some time now. Always On VPN is not something new, but many organizations are moving away from Direct Access, and Always On VPN seems to be the preferred and logical choice for many – including ours.

Also, I don’t think that the current outbreak of COVID-19 has missed anyone’s attention, which is why working from home and remote via VPN has become highly relevant these days.

This post will not go into details on the infrastructure required in order to setup Always On VPN (Remote Access Server, Network Policy Server, PKI etc.), but rather explain the configurations made on the client with Microsoft Intune and Configuration Manager. I will also elaborate on my experiences, again from the perspective of a production environment.

Finally, a big shout out to Michael Mardahl for always being a tremendous help. Go follow this dude. He’s amazing at what he does. 🙂

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Securing your endpoints with Microsoft Intune, part 1: Exploit Guard Controlled Folder Access

Introduction

This is the first and initial blog post of an upcoming series, all concerning how one can secure their endpoints using Microsoft Intune.

The posts are meant to serve as titbits, quickly giving the reader an understanding of a specific feature.

The posts are not released in any particular order, and the topics discussed are based on what I’m currently looking into, in my own environment.

Therefore and as usual, this is not a typical and standard walk through, but more a look into how I’m initially taking on the discussed topic. Curios? Read on! 🙂

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Windows 10 Toast Notification Script Update: Run ConfigMgr Task Sequences directly from the action button

Introduction

A new update to the Windows 10 Toast Notification Script is a reality. Now being on version 1.5.

I’m receiving a lot of feedback and questions related to the Windows 10 Toast Notification Script and that makes me really happy. I’m trying my best to get back to each and everyone.

One question I’m receiving often, is how one is able to run a Task Sequence directly from the action/install button in the actual toast notification. Therefore I figured I’d do everyone good and make it a native option in the script itself.

I have previously covered how one can initiate a reboot, also directly from the action button. This post is available from here: https://www.imab.dk/windows-10-toast-notification-script-update-personal-greeting-and-protocol-based-reboot/

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Windows as a Service: Detecting AlwaysOn VPN and LTE connectivity with Powershell and Powershell App Deployment Toolkit

Introduction

This post is long overdue and something I originally considered doing when I explained my Windows as a Service process.

The story is, that I allow In-Place Upgrades with Configuration Manager to happen over the Internet and over VPN. While I do allow upgrades over VPN, I still prefer them happening on local network and I certainly doesn’t want them to happen over LTE.

I use Powershell App Deployment Toolkit to initiate the Windows 10 In-Place Upgrade Task Sequence, and I wanted to add more user-friendliness to the experience, by notifying the end-user about possible VPN and LTE connections.

Note #1: LTE connectivity can be prevented altogether in the Client Settings, but I’m not doing that for various reasons. 🙂

Note #2: I do precache everything prior to making the upgrade available. Therefore download of binaries should be limited to zero, though the connection to the site server is still needed, as well as connection to the domain (depending on what you are doing throughout your task sequence).

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Windows 10 Toast Notification Script Update: Retrieve task sequence deadline dynamically from WMI

Introduction

Another neat update to the Windows 10 Toast Notification Script is a reality. Now being on version 1.4.4.

The new version brings a new deadline option, that when enabled, will look in WMI for the specified task sequence package id, and retrieve the deadline of the required deployment dynamically.

This time a thank you goes out to @kevmjohnston for contributing with idea and bits of code. 🙂

What’s new and delicious are mentioned in details below.

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Co-management with ConfigMgr and Intune and a little something about Microsoft Defender antimalware policies

Introduction

Originally when the Endpoint Protection workload for co-management was introduced with Configuration Manager 1802, this was done without antimalware policies.

That essentially meant that antimalware policies was still being managed solely by Configuration Manager, while a feature like Exploit Guard was managed by Intune.

Now, this has since changed (at the time of writing, I’m not sure when they snug in the addition, but that’s not related to the post anyway) and the workload now includes antimalware policies enabling us to manage all aspects of Microsoft Defender with Microsoft Intune.

So what does that mean, and are there anything specifically you need to be aware of? I believe there is. 🙂

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Deploy RSAT (Remote Server Administration Tools) for Windows 10 v1909 using ConfigMgr and Powershell

Introduction

Windows 10 v1909 was released to MSDN users last week, and true to tradition, I’m updating my Powershell script, enabling you to install RSAT for Windows 10 1909 automatically and unattended.

I received quite some feedback on my 1903 script, and thanks to that I made some improvements to the 1909 edition. That includes:

  • Added test for pending reboots. If reboot is pending, RSAT features might not install successfully
  • Added test for configuration of WSUS by Group Policy
    • If WSUS is configured by Group Policy, history shows that additional settings might be needed for some environments

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A brief first look on Microsoft Defender ATP Tamper Protection

Introduction

Late last night my time, Tamper Protection in the Microsoft Defender stack went Generally Available.

In short and as the name implies, this is a feature which essentially locks Microsoft Defender and prevents your security settings from being tampered with, including changes made by an administrator.

From a security perspective, this is a great and welcomed addition – let’s take a closer look. 🙂

PS. I did find some oddities in some of the behavior when trying to disable Microsoft Defender through Group Policy. More on that in the end of the post.

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