Intune – Deploy required user settings to Windows 10 with powershell

In this blog I would like to describe, how I managed to set required user settings to Windows 10.
Since I still do have an On-Premises environment, in which also File Servers reside and a DFS Namespace is still up and running, I wanted to make sure to get the advantages of using the local network.
So here are my two use-cases to solve:
1. Add a Network location for the DFS Path if the user is logged on On-Premises
2. Modify the local “host” file, to redirect the workfolder clients to the file server internally
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Intune Autopilot – Prepopulate the Startmenu

It might be not that popular with Windows 10, but every company wants a well curated startmenu, rather than the default delivered from Microsoft:

We have multiple Options to configure the startmenu, I’m sure I don’t know them all. But when it comes to Windows 10 and Intune autopilot, we do not really have an option as what I have considered. This blog tries to catch the available options we currently have with Intune and Autopilot.
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Intune – Configure “Fast startup” (HiberBoot) for Windows 10

Since I changed my clients from GPO managed to Intune controlled, not all settings from GPO, but some of them needs to be set through Intune as well. As outlined in my previous blog, I tried to disable the Fast Startup Option on Windows 10 through a CSP. And I did not even found a CSP supporting this setting. Within this blog, I would like to show, how you can configure the fast startup (“Turn on fast startup (recommended)”) setting in Windows 10 through Microsoft Intune:

You may ask, why I want to disable this? My reason: I don’t want to reuse a desktop session which was hibernated. And only a reboot will force the client to create a new desktop session, if fast startup is enabled.
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Windows 10 settings management with Intune

When a journey ends, a new journey will begin. My journey with the old school domain joined and GPO managed devices within my LAB ended, and I finally conquer new areas with Azure AD join and Intune controlled devices. Due to the lack of opportunities, I still waited so long, because a lot of settings were not possible to set. And some of them are still not that simple to set through Intune, but there is a solution for, I would like to say, most of the requirements.

So within this blog post, I would like to document my current knowledge of Windows 10 settings management through Intune. As today, we have the following options to configure GPO alike settings through Microsoft Intune:

  • Intune Windows Enrollment settings
  • Intune Portal blade settings
  • Intune Portal Custom CSP settings
  • Intune ADMX-backed administrative template settings (Preview)
  • PowerShell Script
  • Let’s have a closer look to the different options.
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    I have configured “Network Security: Restrict NTLM: NTLM authentication in this domain” months ago, here is why it catched me

    Today I would like to share my experience with troubleshooting a overcommitted security admin with less knowledge than it would be required (In fact, I’m talking about me here). Some month ago, I read about NTLM (v2 as well), and I decided to restrict NTLM in my LAB, to check what is working afterwards, and what stops working. To my surprise, everything went smooth, and I could not find an issue. So I forgot about this setting, everything seems to work, and it did.

    Lastly I decided to cut off Direct Access, since Microsoft does not invest in its future, and for other reasons, I’m not required to have a permanent connection to the LAB from remote, a VPN would be sufficient. I’m using WorkFolders as well, and secured it with Azure MFA, the same should apply to my VPN connection, the authentication should be not only be covered by Username and Password. With this, the goal was set, and I built up the LAB. Everything went nice, until the first VPN client wanted to connect. The NPS Server gave me the error:
    “The client could not be authenticated because the Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP) Type cannot be processed by the server.”

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    ConfigrMgr 1511 – Service connection point issues

    Hi reader,

    I was running ConfigMgr 1511 from an upgraded System Center 2012 Configuration Manager R2 SP1 Infrastructure with configured Intune Subscription without a problem for more than a month. But due to my Azure Tenant Name selection more than two years ago, I wanted to change the Tenant name from uncoolname.onmicrosoft.com to hosebei.onmicrosoft.com, because you might already guess it: the SharePoint URL.
    Exchange Hybrid and all other Services was not easy, but worked how I planned to do it. But unfortunately the Service Connector did not work after this change, even after changing the Intune Subscription to my new Tenant. Continue reading