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…

Today, I received an e-mail from the Microsoft MVP Award program, and I am delighted to share that I have been awarded Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) 2017-2018 for the 10th consecutive year. I am honored to receive this award again and I appreciate everyone that reads my blog, watch me speaking, attend my training and keeps up with me on twitter (@ronnipedersen). I will strive to keep contributing to the community and hope that my contributions help you out in some way. I would like to thank everyone of you who have supported me in any form. Especially the…

Over the last 12 months, I’ve been involved in more than 25 projects with customers that wanted to enable one or more Azure AD Premium and Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) features that’s only available in the Classic Azure Portal. And every time I get the same questions about how to access and configure this feature.During this period Microsoft has already announced the GA for Azure Active Directory, but there are still a few features that you need to configure in the classic Azure Portal. When you navigate to the Azure Active Directory node in the Azure Portal, you’ll find…

When working in the new Microsoft Azure Portal, and the portal feels slow, it hard to identify what’s causing the problem. By using the “Ctrl+Alt+D” command from the Azure Portal, you will get all kind of great information about load times and activated services. Really cool stuff.Check it out by using Ctrl+Alt+D anywhere in the Azure Portal./Enjoy

Until now, the Apple Enrollment section in the Microsoft Azure Portal hasn’t been available, but with the 1703 release of Microsoft Intune this feature is now available.So, if your tenant was created after January 2017 you should have this feature available today. If the option isn’t available (like my test tenant from 1702), simple navigate to the old Silverlight portal and follow the link. That should send you to the right place… But within the next few weeks or so the option should be fully available directly from the Azure Portal.This is a huge and very important step in the…

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