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.
Deploying Apps in Intune – Part 2 – The Win32 Content Prep Tool
The Content Prep Tool is a Microsoft tool that allows you to process a folder containing a Windows Desktop applications or installer, and convert the application into the file format needed for Intune Win32 app deployment.
Deploying Apps in Intune – Part 1 – Selecting App Types
Today, I'm focusing on how we can use Intune to make apps available to managed devices, and specifically, discussing the app types available.
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.
Microsoft Cares About Security
In 2002, Bill Gates announced a new direction for Microsoft: A change in culture, process, and a fundemental shift in product design, and this was known as the Trustworthy Computing (TwC) initiative. In this first part of a series I'm going to start on Microsoft's approach to security, I thought I'd take a look back at the great steps Microsoft made to enhance trust and security across it's Office, Windows, and other products.
Cloud-enabling your users & groups with Azure AD Connect Sync
Azure AD Connect is Microsoft's secure integration and synchronisation tool, designed to help sites adopt hybrid identities. The solution has a number of different components that can be enabled, and can manage everything from enabling secure Pass-Through Authentication (PTA) via your existing Active Directory (AD) Domain, or by synchronising your users, groups, and even devices,... Continue Reading →
Is Password Hash Synchronisation safe?
I’ve seen a lot of confusion around this feature, and some people pointing at it as a weak point in identity security because they believe the synchronised content can be intercepted, replayed, or otherwise compromised. I’m here to say, this is not the case at all. I'm going to make this blog post really short:... Continue Reading →
Macs Paving the Way to Modern Windows (Part 1)
Preface: We’re currently planning the next phase of modernisation for our fleet of Windows devices. In our case, the environment already ticks a number of "best practice" boxes, and is already up-to-date according to Microsoft's definition of "Modern Desktop"... but there is always more to learn, and new features which can help you and your... Continue Reading →
Classroom Devices: Never stop asking “Why?”
In a recent post, I addressed some of the criticisms aimed at the use of classroom technology, and attempted to provide evidence that computers do, in fact, benefit students... however the type of devices and activities in which the devices are used, are critical to the overall success of 1:1 programmes. For many schools, the... Continue Reading →
Targeting Devices for software and licensing, based on Security Groups
In almost all Active Directory (AD) environments, access to resources will be managed via security groups, and group emails handled by distribution groups. While it is also possible to add devices to security groups, and use these to perform some pretty useful functions, it’s mostly all about the users. Managing Active Directory on-premises is an... Continue Reading →
How Microsoft Lost it’s Cool (with Consumers)
Some would argue that Microsoft was never a cool company, but I dispute that: Just think back to October 2015, where Panos Panay took to the stage, to deliver a One-Windows reality that none of us expected; that spanned awesome Surface devices, Xbox, a wearable in the Microsoft Band, oh... and the HoloLens. There wasn't a tech... 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 →
What is Microsoft Application Virtualization (APP-V)?
In my previous article, I covered the Microsoft Installer (MSI), which is a traditional installation technology; and a technology that requires that the entire installer be downloaded/cached, and which then proceeds to write to the file system and registry in one go. As far as legacy installers go, MSI technology offers many advantages, but none quite... Continue Reading →
What is the Microsoft Installer (MSI)?
Long story short, a Microsoft Installer - sometimes referred to as Windows Installer, or just MSI - is a relational database, that contains internal tables that define an installation: And is therefore a software installer, just like the typical 'setup.exe', only far more powerful. As of writing this post, the MSI format is now eighteen (18)... Continue Reading →
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