Very shiny post on Modern Management :)


Un petit post trés sympa sur le Modern Management de vos devices Windows 10!

Happy Monday! We are delighted to announce that we have released version 1710 for the Current Branch (CB) of System Center Configuration Manager that includes new features and product enhancements!

One of the key features in the 1710 release is co-management which enables a new and more practical path to transition the management of Windows 10 devices to a modern management approach. While there are a few paths to move to modern management, we heard from our customers that until now, it wasnt always easy to make the transition. Some customer scenarios require the ConfigMgr agent, and there are also Windows 7 devices that need to be managed. Customers also use deeply integrated partner or homegrown solutions for ConfigMgr, and not to mention the complexity of planning and switching from traditional to modern management with existing IT systems, organizational structures, and processes. Many organizations were looking for a more simplified and manageable way to transition from ConfigMgr and AD to a modern management approach with Intune and Azure AD. This is now possible with co-management.

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Starting with the Anniversary Update (June 2016), a Windows 10 device can be joined to on-premises Active Directory (AD) and cloud-based Azure AD at the same time. Co-management takes advantage of this improvement and enables the device to be managed by both ConfigMgr agent and Intune MDM. This allows organizations to move specific workloads of their management to the cloud making the transition in manageable chunks. For example, customers can transition device compliance check, resource access policies, or Windows 10 update management from ConfigMgr to Intune while continuing to use ConfigMgr for other workloads such as software distribution and deep device security configuration. Over time, it will be possible to transition more workloads through co-management. You can learn more from our Ignite presentation and technical documentation.

We are also excited to see the continued growth in adoption of the Current Branch of Configuration Manager by our customers. A little less than 2 years since the initial release, we now have more than 50,000 organizations managing more than 100 million devices using the Current Branch of Configuration Manager. And thanks to our active Technical Preview Branch community, the 1710 update includes feedback and usage data we have gathered from customers who have installed and road tested our monthly technical previews over the last few months. As always, 1710 has also been tested at scale by real customers, in real production environments.

Here are just few of the enhancements that are available in this update:

Microsoft 365 Adoption

  • OS Deployment support for Windows 10 version 1709 You can now upgrade to the latest Windows 10 ADK version 1709 to deploy the latest Windows 10 build.
  • Configure and deploy Windows Defender Application Guard policies – You can now create and deploy Windows Defender Application Guard policies to Windows 10 clients that help protect your users by opening untrusted web sites in a virtualized browser.
  • Improvements to policies for Windows Defender Application Control You can now authorize software that is trusted by the Intelligent Security Graph as part of Windows Defender Application Control (previously Device Guard).
  • Windows Defender Exploit Guard You can now configure Windows Defender Exploit Guard policy that provides intrusion prevention rules and policies that make vulnerabilities more difficult to exploit in Windows 10.

Streamlined Infrastructure

  • Support for next generation certificates – Most client-facing site roles can now use next generation certificates (or CNG from version 3 templates).

Modern Management

  • Co-management You can now enable co-management that helps you to streamline the journey to modern management in a controlled and iterative way. Windows 10 devices can be concurrently managed by Configuration Manager and Intune as well as joined to Active Directory (AD) and Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). This enables a practical way for you to transition the management to Intune and Azure AD over time.
  • Check compliance for co-managed devices from Software Center when device compliance is managed by Intune – Users can now use Software Center to check the compliance of their co-managed Windows 10 devices when device compliance is enforced by Intune.

Configuration Manager connected with Microsoft Intune

  • Device Health Attestation assessment for compliance policies for conditional access – Use Device Health Attestation status as a compliance policy rule for conditional access to company resources.
  • New compliance policy actions – You can now configure actions for compliance policies. These actions include setting a grace period for devices that are noncompliant before they lose access to company resources and creating emails to be sent to users with noncompliant devices.
  • App Protection settings to block printing and contact Sync – Additional settings have been added to block printing and contact sync on applications enlightened with Intune App Protection.
  • Improved VPN profile experience in Configuration Manager console – VPN profile settings are now filtered according to the platform. When creating new VPN profiles, each supported platform workflow contains only the settings appropriate for the platform. Existing VPN profiles are not affected.
  • Mobile device management support for ARM64 devices running Windows 10 Windows 10 MDM scenarios will be supported for ATM64 devices once these devices are available.

Customer Feedback

  • Run Task Sequence step – This is a new step in the task sequence to run another task sequence, which creates a parent-child relationship between two task sequences.
  • Allow up to 512×512 pixel icons for application in Software Center – You can now deploy apps with up to 512×512 pixels icon to display in Software Center.
  • Software Center customization – You can now add enterprise branding elements and specify the visibility of tabs in Software Center. You can add a Software Center specific company name, set a color theme, set a company logo, and set the visibility of tabs for client devices
  • Improved descriptions for pending computer restarts – The reason for a pending computer restart is posted.
  • Create and run PowerShell scripts You can now create and run scripts with optional parameters, configure security scopes and monitor script results.

For more details and to view the full list of new features in this update check out our Whats new in version 1710 of System Center Configuration Manager documentation.

Note: As the update is rolled out globally in the coming weeks, it will be automatically downloaded, and you will be notified when it is ready to install from the Updates and Servicing node in your Configuration Manager console. If you cant wait to try these new features, this PowerShell script can be used to ensure that you are in the first wave of customers getting the update. By running this script, you will see the update available in your console right away.

For assistance with the upgrade process please post your questions in the Site and Client Deployment forum. To provide feedback or report any issues with the functionality included in this release, please use Connect.If theres a new feature or enhancement you want us to consider including in future updates, please use the Configuration Manager UserVoice site.

Thank you,

The System Center Configuration Manager team

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Security Baselines pour la Fall Update


Aaron Margosis vient de publier un article intéressant:

Microsoft is pleased to announce the final release of the recommended security configuration baseline settings for Windows 10 “Fall Creators Update,” also known as version 1709, “Redstone 3,” or RS3. There are no changes from the draft release we published a few weeks ago.

The 1709 baseline package has been added to the Microsoft Security Compliance Toolkit. On that page, click the Download button, then select « Windows 10 Version 1709 Security Baseline.zip » and any other content you want to download.

The 1709 baseline package includes GPOs that can be imported in Active Directory, scripts for applying the GPOs to local policy, custom ADMX files for Group Policy settings, and all the recommended settings in spreadsheet form. The spreadsheet also includes the corresponding settings for configuring through Windows’ Mobile Device Management (MDM).

We’re also happy to announce the revamping of the Windows Security Baselines landing page.

The differences between the 1709 baseline and that for Windows 10 v1703 (a.k.a., “Creators Update,” “Redstone 2”, RS2) are:

  • Implementing Attack Surface Reduction rules within Windows Defender Exploit Guard. Exploit Guard is a new feature of v1709 that helps prevent a variety of actions often used by malware. You can read more about Exploit Guard here: Reduce attack surfaces with Windows Defender Exploit Guard. Note that for this draft, we are enabling “block” mode for all of these settings. We are taking a particularly careful look at the “Block office applications from injecting into other process;” if it creates compatibility problems then we might change the baseline recommendation to “audit” mode for that setting. Please let us know what you observe with this draft baseline.
  • Enabling Exploit Guard’s Network Protection feature to prevent any application from accessing web sites identified as dangerous, including those hosting phishing scams and malware. This extends the type of protection offered by SmartScreen to all programs, including third-party browsers.
  • Enabling a new setting that prevents users from making changes to the Exploit protection settings area in the Windows Defender Security Center.

We also recommend enabling Windows Defender Application Guard. Our testing has proven it to be a powerful defense. We would have included it in this baseline, but its configuration settings are organization-specific.

The old Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) add-on is not supported on Windows 10 v1709. Instead, we offer Windows Defender Exploit Guard’s Exploit Protection, which is now a built-in, fully-configurable feature of Windows 10. Exploit Protection brings the granular control you remember from EMET into a new, modern feature. Our download package includes a pre-configured, customizable XML file to help you add exploit mitigations to many common applications. You can use it as-is, or customize it for your own needs. Note that you configure the corresponding Group Policy setting by specifying the full local or server file path to the XML file. Because our baseline cannot specify a path that works for everyone, it is not included in the baseline packages GPOs – you must add it yourself.

Thank you to the Center for Internet Security (CIS) and to everyone else who gave us feedback.

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Windows 10 (1709) est dispo sur MSDN…


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Pre-Registration is open for MCT Global Summit


Hello MCTs,

We will be hosting a “MCT Global Summit” in October 2018 in Germany.
This event is created by MCTs for MCTs, MVPs, Developers and It Professionals worldwide.

We will have 122 tracks catering to different topics and round table discussions with experts over 5 days.
There will be a test center, a mega event party and much more in addition to the daily sessions.

Dates: October 22, 2018 – October 26, 2018

Location: Phantasialand, Germany (voted #8 in amusement parks in the world by US Magazine ‘Amusement Today’ in 2016)

Registrations:

Early bird discount codes available until December 31, 2017 at https://summit2018.global.

Get these codes now to secure the early bird pricing.

Share this event and pre-registration announcement with your fellow MCTs and MCT communities worldwide.

Thank you,

MCT Global Summit Planning Team

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SCCM 1706 (CB) et 1707 (TP) sont disponibles…


News from Yvette:

Now Available: Update 1706 for System Center Configuration Manager

Happy Friday! We are delighted to announce that we have released version 1706 for the Current Branch (CB) of System Center Configuration Manager that includes new features and product enhancements!

Many of these enhancements are designed for organizations that are going through the digital transformation and want to modernize their IT infrastructure, policies, and processes. With each release of Configuration Manager, we are focusing on the following themes:

  1. Configuration Manager makes it easier to adopt and deploy Windows 10 and Office 365.
  2. Configuration Manager enables the management of Windows 10 security settings to protect users and company data.
  3. Configuration Manager helps customers build the bridge to modern management of Windows to simplify management.
  4. Configuration Manager infrastructure is streamlined for simpler and easier use, reducing your total cost of ownership.
  5. Microsoft continues to provide iterative value to customers using Configuration Manager connected with Microsoft Intune.
  6. Microsoft is committed to delighting our customers by continuing to invest and iterate on Configuration Manager based on customer feedback.

We are continuing to see strong adoption by our customers. As of today, we have more than 40,000 organizations managing more than 84 million devices using the Current Branch of Configuration Manager. And thanks to our active Technical Preview Branch community, the 1706 update includes feedback and usage data we have gathered from customers who have installed and road tested our monthly technical previews over the last few months. As always, 1706 has also been tested at scale – by real customers, in real production environments.

Here are just few of the enhancements that are available in this update:

Windows 10 and Office 365

  • Manage Microsoft Surface driver updates – You can now use Configuration Manager to manage Microsoft Surface driver updates.
  • Windows Analytics Commercial ID and Windows telemetry levels – You can now specify the Windows Analytics Commercial ID and configure telemetry, commercial data, and Internet Explorer data collection settings in Client Settings for use with Upgrade Readiness.
  • Improved user experience for Office 365 updates – Improvements have been made to leverage the Office Click-to-Run user experience when a client installs an Office 365 update. This includes pop-up and in-app notifications, and a countdown experience.

Windows 10 Security

  • SecureBoot and TPM inventory data – Hardware inventory can now determine whether the device has SecureBoot enabled and various properties of the TPM (enabled by default).
  • Windows Defender Device Guard – You can now include trust for specific files and folder paths in Device Guard policies.

Modern Management

  • Azure AD-enabled Cloud Management – You can now onboard the site to Azure AD via Cloud Services. Additionally, you can install the client on the Internet.
  • Windows Update for Business enhancements – There is a new dedicated experience to configure and deploy deferral settings for easy discoverability.

Streamlined Infrastructure

  • Cloud services consolidation – There is now common experience for OMS Connector, Upgrade Readiness, Windows Store for Business, and Cloud Management.
  • Reload boot images with latest WinPE version – During the “Update Distribution Points” wizard on a boot image, you can now reload the version of Windows PE in the selected boot image.
  • Boundary Group improvements – Boundary groups now support configuring the time for fallback for software update points.
  • Configuration Manager Update Reset Tool – We have added new tool to reset and restart in-console updates when they have problems downloading or replicating.
  • Accessibility – Screen reader improvements and improved keyboard navigation in and out of the ribbon in the Configuration Manager console.

Configuration Manager connected with Microsoft Intune

  • Entrust as certificate authority for PFX Certificates – Entrust can now be used as the certificate authority for PFX certificates.
  • Additional Android for Work features – You can now configure app configuration policies for Android for Work and support for available apps.
  • Additional Compliance Policy settings – We added additional compliance policy settings that were previously available only in Intune standalone.
  • Enrollment restriction conditions – Admin can now prevent enrollment for iOS or Android devices marked as personal.
  • Cisco IPSec VPN support for iOS – Cisco IPsec will be a new connection type option for VPN profiles for iOS.
  • Windows Edition Upgrade policy – This policy allows admins to set a policy to upgrade Windows 10 to Enterprise editions.
  • Additional MAM settings – We added new settings such as block screen capture (Android only), disable contact sync, and disable printing.
  • Windows configuration settings – We added new Windows configuration item settings that were previously only available in Intune standalone.

Customer Feedback

  • Create and run PowerShell scripts – You can now create and run scripts with parameters to devices and collections.
  • Task Sequence improvements – You can now easily toggle when the task sequence progress is or is not displayed to the end user, on a granular step-by-step basis. Additionally, groups in the task sequence editor can be collapsed or expanded.
  • Share an application from Software Center – You can copy a direct link to an application in Software Center using the new Share button in the Application Details view.

For more details and to view the full list of new features in this update check out our What’s new in version 1706 of System Center Configuration Manager documentation.

Note: As the update is rolled out globally in the coming weeks, it will be automatically downloaded, and you will be notified when it is ready to install from the “Updates and Servicing” node in your Configuration Manager console. If you can’t wait to try these new features, this PowerShell script can be used to ensure that you are in the first wave of customers getting the update. By running this script, you will see the update available in your console right away.

For assistance with the upgrade process please post your questions in the Site and Client Deployment forum. To provide feedback or report any issues with the functionality included in this release, please use Connect.If there’s a new feature or enhancement you want us to consider including in future updates, please use the Configuration Manager UserVoice site.

Thank you,

The System Center Configuration Manager team

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Update 1707 for Configuration Manager Technical Preview Branch – Available Now!

Hello everyone! We are happy to let you know that update 1707 for the Technical Preview Branch of System Center Configuration Manager has been released. Technical Preview Branch releases give you an opportunity to try out new Configuration Manager features in a test environment before they are made generally available. This month’s new preview features include:

  • Client Peer Cache support for express installation files for Windows 10 and Office 365 – Beginning with this release, Peer Cache supports distribution of content express installation files for Windows 10 and of update files for Office 365. No additional configuration or changes are required.
  • Create and run scripts with parameters – You can now create and run scripts with parameters to devices and collections.
  • Configure network definitions using Windows Defender Application Guard policies – You can now configure network definitions using Windows Defender Application Guard policies. These include domain names, IP ranges, cloud resources, and proxy servers.
  • Surface Device Dashboard – You can now use the Surface Device Dashboard to view information about the model and operating system version of your Surface devices.

Update 1707 for Technical Preview Branch is available in the Configuration Manager console. For new installations please use the 1703 baseline version of Configuration Manager Technical Preview Branch available on TechNet Evaluation Center.

We would love to hear your thoughts about the latest Technical Preview! To provide feedback or report any issues with the functionality included in this Technical Preview, please use Connect. If there’s a new feature or enhancement you want us to consider for future updates, please use the Configuration Manager UserVoice site.

Thanks,

The System Center Configuration Manager team

Configuration Manager Resources:

Documentation for System Center Configuration Manager Technical Previews

Try the System Center Configuration Manager Technical Preview Branch

Documentation for System Center Configuration Manager

System Center Configuration Manager Forums

System Center Configuration Manager Support

Download the Configuration Manager Support Center

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July Updated ISOs are Availables!


Les ISOs de Windows 10 contenant les mises à jour de Juillet sont téléchargeables sur MSDN!

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[ENGLISH] Azure Stack is ready to order!!!


Throughout the Technical Previews, we’ve seen tremendous customer and partner excitement around Microsoft Azure Stack. In fact, we’re speaking with thousands of partners this week at our Microsoft Inspire event. Our partners are excited about the new business opportunities opened up by our ‘One Azure Ecosystem’ approach, which helps them extend their Azure investments to Azure Stack, to unlock new possibilities for hybrid cloud environments. In that vein, today we are announcing:

  • Orderable Azure Stack integrated systems: We have delivered Azure Stack software to our hardware partners, enabling us to begin the certification process for their integrated systems, with the first systems to begin shipping in September. You can now order integrated systems from Dell EMC, HPE, and Lenovo. 
  • Azure Stack software pricing and availability: We have released pricing for the pay-as-you-use and capacity-based models today, you can use that information to plan your purchases.
  • Azure Stack Development Kit (ASDK) availability: ASDK, the free single-server deployment option for trial purposes, is available for web download today. You can use it to build and validate your applications for integrated systems deployments.

Azure Stack promise

Azure Stack is an extension of Azure, thereby enabling a truly consistent hybrid cloud platform. Consistency removes hybrid cloud complexity, which helps you maximize your investments across cloud and on-premises environments. Consistency enables you to build and deploy applications using the exact same approach – same APIs, same DevOps tools, same portal – leading to increased developer productivity. Consistency enables you to develop cloud applications faster by building on Azure Marketplace application components. Consistency enables you to confidently invest in people and processes knowing that those are fully transferable. The ability to run consistent Azure services on-premises gets you full flexibility to decide where applications and workloads should reside. An integrated systems-based delivery model ensures that you can focus on what matters to your business (i.e., your applications), while also enabling us to deliver Azure innovation to you faster. 

In its initial release, Azure Stack includes a core set of Azure services, DevOps tooling, and Azure Marketplace content, all of which are delivered through an integrated systems approach. Check out this whitepaper for more information about what capabilities are available in Azure Stack at the initial release and what is planned for future versions.  

Hybrid use cases unlock application innovation

Azure and Azure Stack unlock new use cases for customer facing and internal line of business applications: 

  • Edge and disconnected solutions: You can address latency and connectivity requirements by processing data locally in Azure Stack and then aggregating in Azure for further analytics, with common application logic across both. We’re seeing lots of interest in this Edge scenario across different contexts, including factory floor, cruise ships, and mine shafts.
  • Cloud applications that meet varied regulations: You can develop and deploy applications in Azure, with full flexibility to deploy on-premises on Azure Stack to meet regulatory or policy requirements, with no code changes needed. Many customers are looking to deploy different instances of the same application – for example, a global audit or financial reporting app – to Azure or Azure Stack, based on business and technical requirements. While Azure meets most requirements, Azure Stack enables on-premises deployments in locations where it’s needed. Saxo Bank is a great example of an organization who plan to leverage the deployment flexibility enabled by Azure Stack.  
  • Cloud application model on-premises: You can use Azure web and mobile services, containers, serverless, and microservice architectures to update and extend existing applications or build new ones. You can use consistent DevOps processes across Azure in the cloud and Azure Stack on-premises. We’re seeing broad interest in application modernization, including for core mission-critical applications. Mitsui is a great example of an organization planning their application modernization roadmap using Azure Stack and Azure.

Ecosystem solutions across Azure and Azure Stack

You can speed up your Azure Stack initiatives by leveraging the rich Azure ecosystem:

  • Our goal is to ensure that most ISV applications and services that are certified for Azure will work on Azure Stack. Multiple ISVs, including Bitnami, Docker, Kemp Technologies, Pivotal Cloud Foundry, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and SUSE Linux, are working to make their solutions available on Azure Stack.  
  • You have the option of having Azure Stack delivered and operated as a fully managed service. Multiple partners, including Avanade, Daisy, Evry, Rackspace, and Tieto, are working to deliver managed service offerings across Azure and Azure Stack. These partners have been delivering managed services for Azure via the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program and are now extending their offerings to include hybrid solutions. 
  • Systems Integrators (SI) can help you accelerate your application modernization initiatives by bringing in-depth Azure skillsets, domain and industry knowledge, and process expertise (e.g., DevOps). PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is a great example of an SI that’s expanding their consulting practice to Azure and Azure Stack.

Orderable integrated systems, free single-server kit for trial

Azure Stack has two deployment options:

  • Azure Stack integrated systems – These are multi-server systems meant for production use, and are designed to get you up and running quickly. Depending upon your hardware preferences, you can choose integrated systems from Dell EMC, HPE, and Lenovo (with Cisco and Huawei following later). You can now explore these certified hardware solutions and order integrated systems by contacting our hardware partners. These systems come ready to run and offer consistent, end-to-end customer support no matter who you call. They will initially be available in 46 countries covering key markets across the world.  
  • Azure Stack Development Kit (ASDK) – ASDK is a free single server deployment that’s designed for trial and proof of concept purposes. ASDK is available for web download today, and you can use it to prototype your applications. The portal, Azure services, DevOps tools, and Marketplace content are the same across this ASDK release and integrated systems, so applications built against the ASDK will work when deployed to a multi-server system.

Closing thoughts

As an extension of Azure, Azure Stack will deliver continuous innovation with frequent updates following the initial release. These updates will help us deliver enriched hybrid application use cases, as well as grow the infrastructure footprint of Azure Stack. We will also continue to broaden the Azure ecosystem to enable additional choice and flexibility for you. 

I look forward to hearing what everyone does with Azure Stack!

– Mike

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