Over the years, I’ve created multiple labs, so that I can test different scenarios. One of my first “cloud only” Azure AD labs was created back in 2012. Two weeks ago, I wanted to use this lab to test a new Conditional Access scenario that one of my customers needed.Long time ago, I also created an “All Users” group, that was based on direct membership, so I thought it was a good idea to replace that group with a new and “shiny” dynamic group based on the “UserType” attribute.So, I created the following group, and started to redeploy all my…

Right now, I’m sitting in a Lufthansa Airbus A380 somewhere over the Atlantic ocean. Next week, I’ll be attending the Microsoft Ignite 2017 event in Orlando, to get some insights to the latest updates and strategies from Microsoft. So why not spend the time writing this blog post! Next month I’ve been invited to present at the Lowlands Unite event in Belgium. The Lowlands Unite events are joined user group events between the Belgium and the Dutch System Center User groups, and earlier this year I was invited to the Dutch edition in Amsterdam. The event in Amsterdam was a…

This week I’ve been teaching the new MOC 20703-1A Administering System Center Configuration Manager class. Here is a list some of the links I used at part of my training/presentation. Thanks to all the students for a really amazing week! Links Jason Sandys Startup script http://blog.configmgrftw.com/configmgr-client-startup-script/ Creating Collections for Client versions https://www.ronnipedersen.com/2017/07/07/sccm-creating-collections-for-client-versions/ ConfigMgr Prerequisites Tool 3.0.0 https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/ConfigMgr-2012-R2-e52919cd ConfigMgr Client Health Summary Report https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/ConfigMgr-Client-Health-931a7a08 Power BI SCCM Templates https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/sccm-solution-template/ SQL Report Builder; Unable to connect to data source https://www.ronnipedersen.com/2014/12/sql-report-builder-unable-to-connect-to-data-source/ SQL Server Backup, Integrity Check, and Index and Statistics Maintenance https://ola.hallengren.com/ System Center Configuration Manager Feedback (Uservoice) https://configurationmanager.uservoice.com/ Iconfinder https://www.iconfinder.com/ PowerShell App Deployment Tookit…

Today I had the honor to speak at the Azure Saturday event in Copenhagen. I’m really impressed with the quality and the list of international speakers are really impressive. Great job! My presentation was about Protecting Cloud Identities using EMS, Intune and Azure AD Premium features, and as promised during the session, here is a copy of the PowerPoint slides. Looking forward to be back next year! Azure saturday 2017 – Protecting cloud identities using emsfrom Ronni Pedersen      That’s it… Enjoy! +Ronni Pedersen

Today I got a call from a customer that was playing around with OSD in System Center Configuration Manager and the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT). He wanted to know where he could find a list of all the Time Zones Names, so he could change the default “Pacific Standard Time” to something else. But where can you find a list of all the “TimeZoneName”?Instead of using some old reference list on TechNet or MSDN, you can simply use the good old Time Zone Utility (Tzutil), that can be used to view and manage available time zones.You can run Tzutil from…

On Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 the Microsoft Tech Community will host an ‘Ask Microsoft Anything’ (AMA) from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. PT in the Office 365 Admin AMA space. An AMA is a live online event similar to a “YamJam” on Yammer or an “Ask Me Anything” on Reddit.This AMA gives you the opportunity to connect with members of the product engineering team and who will be on hand to answer your questions and listen to feedback.As a Microsoft MVP in the Enterprise Mobility and Security area, I’ve been invited as a community expert to join the Office 365…

Introduction For most organizations, Office 365 (mailboxes) can contain both high business impact and personally identifiable information, so it’s important that we track who logs on to the mailboxes in the organization and what actions are taken. By default, mailbox auditing in Office 365 isn’t turned on, so this guide will help you to setup and verify mailbox auditing in Office 365. This guide will walk you through the following steps: Step 1: Connect to Exchange Online Step 2: Get the current state of audit logging Step 3: Enable mailbox audit logging Step 4: Set the age limit for mailbox…

I’m proud to announce that I’ve been invited to speaking about Protecting Cloud Identities using Azure MFA and EMS, at the Azure Saturday 2017 event in Copenhagen. Azure Saturday is a premium community driven event for Developers, IT-Pros and Cloud Architects. Check it out!Although it’s called Azure Saturday they could not pack all the content into one day, so the conference takes place on September 1st (Azure Friday) and September 2nd (Azure Saturday) and features both tech-talks and practical use-cases of Azure.Full Agenda : https://azuresaturday.dk/agenda/.Check out the the awesome speaker line-up: https://azuresaturday.dk/speakers/.More information and registration: https://azuresaturday.dk/.And don’t forget to follow…

As a Cloud Consultant working with products that are part of the Office 365 and the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility +Security Suite (EMS), I often get a lot of questions about multi-factor authentication (MFA), and how to get started. Most customers today has a strategy about MFA when employees are trying to access corporate company data from outside the company perimeter. But when customers are using cloud services like Office 365, OneDrive and SharePoint that boundary moves from a physical boundary to the user identity. Therefore the requirement for multi-factor authentication is something that most customers wants to implement as part…

Today I got a call from a System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM/ConfigMgr) customer that wanted to automate the creation of device collections for each SCCM client version, that was in their environment. I guess summer time means “time to cleanup/fix all the broken clients” :-)A couple of years ago I create another similar script for CU updates: https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/SCCM-Creating-Collections-f334c7f0 but this time I wanted to make the script simpler, fully automated and only create the collections that was needed by the customer.This script will pull a list of all the client versions from the SCCM site server, and create a collection…

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