Mixing Windows app (Win32), Microsoft 365 Apps, and Line of Business apps in the same Autopilot deployment can cause some unusual delays/timeouts and even deployment failures. In this post, I show how you can switch from the Microsoft 365 Apps type in Intune to a Win32 app type.
Thoughts: Surface Laptop Studio
On the 22nd of September 2021, Microsoft hosted an online event where they showed off their all-new hardware. One of those new devices was the new Surface Laptop Studio. Some love the design, some hate it, but I try to explain it.
Creating a Friendlier Windows Hello Setup
By now, we should have all received the news: Passwords are no longer enough. With faster and more powerful devices in the hands of determined cybercriminals, and the relative ease in which even "secure" password policies can be compromised by phishing attacks, the costs now outweigh the benefits of using predictable and vulnerable passwords. The... Continue Reading →
The pen is mightier than the keyboard, and why choosing the right device matters
In 2014, researchers by the name of Mueller and Oppenheimer released a paper in the journal of Psychological Science title 'The pen is mightier than the keyboard: Advantages of longhand over laptop note taking'. In this paper, the authors suggest that extended research into memory and cognitive learning processes of students strongly indicated that the... Continue Reading →
Use Surface MSIs to deploy driver and firmware updates
In 2015, I had the privilege of attending the Microsoft Ignite conference on the Gold Coast. While I loaded up my schedule with plenty of sessions on Azure and Office 365, I also made sure to attend as many Surface-centric events as possible: And I managed to get to quite a few. One of the... Continue Reading →
What is Click-to-Run (C2R)?
In my previous two posts, I described the Microsoft Installer (MSI), as well as Application Virtualization (App-V), and now it's time to talk about Click-to-Run (C2R). Click-to-Run is actually an installer stub, streamer, and command line technology, based on Microsoft's App-V technology, and is currently used for the delivery of Microsoft Office ProPlus products. Traditionally,... Continue Reading →
Secure Time Service may break authentication tokens
The Secure Time Seeding feature was shipped in the Windows 10 November 2015 (1511) release and is turned on by default. You may have seen the improvements in timekeeping on your Windows tablets and other Windows devices running this version of the OS, but you may have also found issues with broken authentication to SharePoint... Continue Reading →
Bypass authentication for Microsoft’s Network Tests to avoid Wi-Fi issues
An area where Windows 10 attempts to help users, but ultimately may cause problems in some environments, is with the network connectivity test the Operating System runs when establishing a new connection. Essentially, to work out whether your network connection is behind a captive portal or not, or has Internet access at all, Windows attempts... Continue Reading →
Windows Defender Security Center needs new Firewall Policies
Starting with Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (1709), many people have found some unusual behaviour with the new Windows Defender Security Center (WDSC), and most of these issues appear to be related to firewall policies. The WDSC was introduced in Windows 10 Creators Update (1703), however it appears that changes in more recent versions of may... Continue Reading →
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