ConfigMgr 2012 R2 & Windows Intune UDM : How to prevent an “End-User” can un-enroll his “Corporate” Windows Phone 8.1

April 24, 2014 at 8:30 pm in 2012R2, 8.1, Compliance Management, configmgr 2012 R2, intune, MDM, OMA-DM, OMA-URI, policy, sccm 2012 R2, UDM, Windows Intune, Windows Intune Extensions, windows inune, Windows Phone 8.1, Windws Intune, WP 8.1 by Kenny Buntinx [MVP]

 

Scenario :

Last week we had a discussion at a customer during a  Windows Intune UDM Proof of concept and the customer was willing to order about 3000 corporate owned Nokia Lumia 630 Windows Phones. He wanted us to provide the option when a ‘device owner’ in CM12 R2 is set to “corporate” , a user can’t un-enroll a “corporate” device and to prevent them from doing so , unless you are the ConfigMgr 2012 MDM admin.

As this seemed a logic request to me , we couldn’t do it out of the box with windows phone 8 or with Windows Intune. Missed opportunity , I would say. However with the launch of Windows Phone 8.1 at Build conference , there was a new set of OMA-DM management capabilities being added.

At this stage , the writing and the testing of the blog post  is being done with a developer edition of Windows Phone 8.1. I doubt that when being rolled out as RTM , these policies will be changed.

Solution to problem :

First of all , you will need to know what OMA-DM is . OMA-DM is an open standard that Apple – Android and Microsoft are using. All MDM solutions use the OMA-DM API to manage those devices. More information on OMA-DM can be found here .

Microsoft has released together with WP 8.1 , a comprehensive guide called ; ‘Windows Phone 8.1 MDM protocol documentation’ . You will need this guide as a reference to find all custom not-so-out-of-the-box OMA-URI’s. An OMA-URI can be seen as a registry setting or hive. You can download it here .

Panu Saukko , a good friend and fellow Enterprise Client Management MVP , pointed me in the right direction inside the document on how to reach the goal : Blocking a user from un-enrolling their device. Without the golden tip from Panu , we would never succeed as there is an Typo in the document.

Panu pointed out that according to the document, the OMA-URI should be according to page 133 & 143 inside the ‘Windows Phone 8.1 MDM protocol documentation’ :

./Vendor/MSFT/PolicyManager/My/Experience/AllowManulMDMUnenrollment

Again there is a typo in that document , it should be

./Vendor/MSFT/PolicyManager/My/Experience/AllowManualMDMUnenrollment

Now that we have found the error in the OMA-URI , Let’s show some magic with Compliance settings , Configuration Items and Configuration Baselines in CM 12 R2 :

Creating the ‘Configuration Item’ :

1. Go to “Asset & Compliance” , click on “Compliance Settings” , go to “Compliance Items” and create a New Configuration Item as shown below

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2. Give the new Compliance item the following Name : ‘Deny WP8.1 MDM UnEnrollment’ and hit “next”

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3. Select the checkbox : ‘Configure additional settings that are not in the default settings groups’ and click “next” to continue

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4. In the next window that opens , click the ‘Add’ button.

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5. Hit the “Create Setting” tab.

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6. Now comes the interesting stuff .

    • Give it a Name
    • 1. Settings Type : OMA-URI
    • 2. Data Type : Integer
    • 3. OMA-URI : ./Vendor/MSFT/PolicyManager/My/Experience/AllowManualMDMUnenrollment

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7. Highlight your recently created ‘Deny MDM Unenrollment’ and hit the ‘Select’ button

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8. Now comes the interesting stuff again

    • 1. Rule Type : Value
    • 2. Data Type : 0 (0 = un-enroll not allowed / 1 =  enroll allowed)
    • 3. Set ‘Remediate noncompliant rules when supported’
    • 4. Set Noncompliance severity for reports to ‘Warning’ 

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9. Click next to continue.

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10. As this setting is only applicable for Windows Phone , we select only this platform and click ‘next’ to continue.

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11. Click next to continue , until the end .

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Once created , you will see something like this in the screenshot below . After creating the ‘Configuration Item’ , we are going to create and deploy the ‘Configuration Baseline’

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Creating the ‘Configuration Baseline’ :

1. Now go to baselines and create a new ‘Configuration Baseline’

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2. Give the ‘Configuration Baseline’ a name and click “Add” to add your ‘’Configuration Item’’

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3. Search for your previously created ‘Configuration Item’ and click add.

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4. Hit OK , to continue

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5. Click ‘OK’ to continue

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When created , you will see something similar in your console as show below in the screenshot :

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Deployment of the ‘Configuration Baseline’ ONLY to the ‘Corporate Owned’ devices :

As we only wanted to prevent un-enrollment when a ‘device owner’ in CM12 R2 is set to “corporate” , we first need to create a collection that contains only devices set to corporate as shown below . Devices enrolled using the ConfigMgr 2012/Windows Intune UDM solution can be assigned to be either "Company" or "Personal" devices. Note that a device is automatically assigned to be Personal by default.

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Now that that is done , create a ‘Device collection’ that is only containing resources that are ‘Company’ devices. To do that , use the following query where ‘System Resource – Device Owner’ is set to ‘1’ for ‘Company’ . Value 2 is “personal”

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Now deploy your ‘Compliance baseline – Deny wp8.1 UnEnrollment’ to the collection called ‘All Mobile Devices set as Corporate Owned Devices

The END Result ? :

As the policies come down from Configuration Manager 2012 R2 with Windows Intune on the WP8.1 device and the user tries to un-enroll , following message is shown :

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Hope it  Helps ,

Kenny Buntinx

Enterprise Client Management MVP

Configmgr 2012 & Windows Intune SSO : Self- signed certificate for token signing is about to expire. Now What?

April 23, 2014 at 12:15 pm in ADFS, ADFS 2.1, ADFS 3.0, ConfigMgr 2012, configmgr 2012 R2, ConfigMgr 2012 SP1, intune, SCCM 2012, SCCM 2012 R2, SCCM 2012 SP1, sso, Windows Intune, Windows Intune Extensions, windows inune by Kenny Buntinx [MVP]

 

This morning at a customer , I received the following mail in my mailbox , saying that my ADFS token would expire.

AD FS 2.0 or 2.1 and probably 3.0 generates each year by default a new self- signed certificate for token signing 20 days before the certificate expires . Rollover of the certificate , or generate a new certificate when the existing certificate is about to expire , and make them the primary certificate , applies only to self-signed certificates that are generated by AD FS 2.x . The token signing certificate is essential for the stability of the Federation Service . If this is changed, the change must be reported to Windows Azure AD . Otherwise fail applications for cloud services such as my Windows Intune Service.

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When the token signing certificate of your home AD FS organization expires, then federation metadata between AD FS and Office 365 falls out of synch. Equally, when changes are made on the Office 365 or Windows Intune that require updating the metadata, a similar issue arises. The “Microsoft Office 365 Federation Metadata Update Automation Installation Tool” script provide by the AD FS team checks the that federation metadata is validated regularly and any changes replicated between the two federating parties.

You must have the Microsoft Federation Metadata Update Automation Installation Tool download and configure your primary federation server or another recordable federation server, the Windows Azure AD Federation Metadata regularly automatically checks and updates so that changes in the certificate token-signing in the AD FS 2.1 Federation service will be copied automatically onto Windows Azure AD.

You can download the script here : http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/scriptcenter/Office-365-Federation-27410bdc

The script is called : O365-Fed-MetaData-Update-Task-Installation.ps1

To execute this tool successfully:

  • You must make sure that you have installed the latest version of the Microsoft Online Services Module for Windows PowerShell 
  • You need to have a functioning AD FS 2.0 Federation Service (execute this on your primary ADFS server)
  • You need to have access to Global Administrator credentials for your Office 365 tenant
  • You need to have at least one verified domain in the Office 365 tenant must be of type ‘Federated’
  • This tool must be executed on a writable Federation Server
  • The currently logged on user must be a member of the local Administrators group
  • The Microsoft Online Services Module for Windows PowerShell must be installed. You can download the module from http://onlinehelp.microsoft.com/en-us/office365-enterprises/ff652560.aspx0

When running the tool and you comply with the above prerequisites , the following screenshot appears as shown below :

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It’s worth bearing in mind that the password policy will render the script unusable in the event of a password change on either the Windows Intune side with the MSOL account you specify and the Domain side with the user account used to initiate the scheduled task. It is possible to create service accounts to do this on both sides. However, I’d consider the security consequences of such a change before automatically doing so. This can be done on the O365 side with an Office 365 standard account via the Set-MSOLUser cmdlet.

For example:  Set-MSOLUser –identity user@MyPreciousChosenDomain.onmicrosoft.com –PasswordNeverExpires $true –StrongPasswordRequired $true

The account could also technically be a federated account, but I don’t believe that’s a good idea. In the event that the trust is broken, then a federated account won’t be able to connect to MSOL to update the federated domain information and you would be in trouble big time!

To verify the scheduled task is executed correctly , open task scheduler and verify that the task is there :

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That’s again an automated task , without worrying that your infrastructure is in danger :-)

Hope it Helps ,

Kenny Buntinx

Enterprise Client Management MVP

Configuration Manager 2012 OSD : Only import the Intel chipset drivers you really need for your brand/model !

April 15, 2014 at 6:31 pm in ConfigMgr 2007 R2, ConfigMgr 2012, configmgr 2012 R2, ConfigMgr 2012 SP1, ConfigMgr SP2, configmgr2007, Deployment, Drivers, Operating System Deployment, OSD, sccm, SCCM 2007, SCCM 2007 R2, SCCM 2007 R3, SCCM 2007 SP2, SCCM 2012, sccm 2012 R2, SCCM 2012 R2, SCCM 2012 SP1, sccm RTM, sccm2007 by Kenny Buntinx [MVP]

 

Yesterday I wrote a blogpost about the reason to keep your “Driver DB” and “driver packages” as clean as possible and that you do not need to import all the junk they provide in those so called “enterprise driver packages” for multiple models.

As a first tip for helping you accomplish that , we show you in this blog post how we can limit the number of *.inf files we need to import from Intel(R) Chipset Device Software . When downloading and extracting that Intel(R) Chipset Device Software package you will see that originally there are about  98 inf files present :

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Now reduce the number of INF files :

Two override command switches for setup.exe from Intel(R) Chipset Device Software that will help us to reduce the *.inf files we need to import into our “Driver Package” :

-AONLY Extracts the needed INF files to install on the current system. If the install has been run once successfully, ‘-AONLY’ will not return any INFs when used in conjunction with ‘-OVERALL’ switch, all the needed INFs for the system will be extracted.

-P <Installation Path> Specifies the hard disk location to which the INF program files are copied. If this flag is not specified at the command line, the <Installation Path> directory is as follows: C:\Program Files\Intel\INFInst .

If this flag is used without the ‘-A’ option, only the Readme will be copied to <Installation Path>. The directory name can include spaces, but then a pair of double quotes (") must enclose the directory name. There should not be any space between the switch ‘-p’ and the directory name. This flag works in either Silent Mode or Interactive Mode.

Lets execute on the local brand/model that contains an intel chipset :

Setup.exe –AONLY –p C:\temp\chipset

The result of running the setup with those parameters:

And then the result after running the tool on your local brand/model , you will see that the number of *.inf files are reduced to five (5) items ! isn’t that great ? Now copy those drivers to your regular driver import process and you reduced the number of bloat in your ConfigMgr driver database by 80% at least !

 

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Hope it Helps ,

Kenny Buntinx

MVP enterprise Client Management

Configuration Manager 2012 and the need of keeping your Driver database lean and clean !

April 14, 2014 at 8:03 pm in CM12, CM12 R2, CM12 SP1, Deployment, Drivers, OSD, sccm, SCCM 2012, sccm 2012 R2, SCCM 2012 R2, SCCM 2012 SP1, sccm RTM, Task Sequence by Kenny Buntinx [MVP]

 

Hi ,

Lately we had an issue on a CM2012 R2  production environment when exporting a “task sequence” from our Acceptance environment and importing that exported “task sequence” into production , and ran into an error where our task sequence import would fail with out of memory message.

The exact message was : “System.OutOfMemoryException , Exception of type ‘System.OutOfMemoryException’ was thrown” as shown in the picture below:

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Several people recommended me to increase the WMI memory allocation by doing this : http://anoopcnair.com/2011/05/06/configmgr-sccm-how-to-increase-wmi-default-memory-allocation/ . Anoop links to the “_providerhostquotaconfiguration” class in his article. Anoop’s advice is not uncommon, although supportability of the matter is questionable without PSS/CSS support , it’s a common test/fix giving on PSS/CSS calls related to slow or underperforming console issues.

My advice : DON’T DO THIS BLINDLY or without PSS/CSS support . You’d be crazy doing anything to WMI on a ConfigMgr production environment that you don’t understand the impact off. And if it’s to a component as critical as WMI is to ConfigMgr than you’d better do your homework before implementing it in production.

And this blog post explains what the impact is: http://blogs.technet.com/b/askperf/archive/2008/09/16/memory-and-handle-quotas-in-the-wmi-provider-service.aspx

We increased the WMI memory allocation with PSS support until 8Gb memory (Server having 16 Gb physical memory) , but no luck at all.

A little recap and issue definition:

  1. 1. We created a OSD Task sequence deployment in our acceptance environment.
    2. Once validated , we exported the TS without content (Content is located on a shared UNC storage path) but with dependencies.
    3. We tried to import the exported TS into production, the import fails both trough the GUI and via the powershell cmdlts. The import in production of the exported tasksequence fails with an out of memory error as shown in the screenshot above
    4. We tested both on the Primary site server itself as via remote console –> same result
    5. We have sufficient memory available on the server. I saw that the PowerShell session on the primary site server used up to 1.5Gb ram during the import. (memory was not maxed out (74% used))

Further investigation leads us to the size of the exported Task Sequence , which was about 235 Mb ( without content , go figure ! ) . Probably you would say : “What the hell did you put into that task sequence ????? ”. Well , the customer needs to support 55 different hardware models because of the way they need to buy there hardware. Crazy , I know and the fact is that they know that as well , however they can’t change this purchase behavior.

That being said , they have 55 HW driver packs and they have around 4800 drivers imported in there CM12 Driver DB .

After testing , we discovered that if the imported task sequence is more or less bigger then 135Mb in size , it will fail to import with the error displayed above. Once we lowered the number of drivers being referenced in the driver packages and therefore also in the CM12 driver database itself and the exported TS would be below 135mb in size , the import succeeded. However we could never pinpoint the exact size of the task sequence when it would fail as this was between 135 and 145 Mb.

What I recommend you to do:

  • One of the biggest mistakes customers make is to go the manufacturer website and grab every driver with those so called “enterprise driver packs” that contain drivers for multiple models…. Hell no , mostly the drivers are out dated, full of additional crap…
  • Use common sense and  only import drivers that are applicable to machines in your environment. I do not recommend that drivers are blindly imported into ConfigMgr where there is no actual benefit. This will just cause the database to bloat and the task sequences to become unwieldy. I recommend that any unused drivers/driver packages are removed from ConfigMgr
  • If you have a large number of Manufacturers and models or you run into conflicts, you can apply the driver package based on category or apply a specific package, especially when exporting / importing task sequences .
  • Typically graphic cards , Intel Vpro , Soundcard drivers or custom “hotkey” drivers are “bad” drivers. Those should be installed with applications from the setup.exe or msi.

To give you an idea , we went for a Lenovo C30 desktop model from +_ 400 drivers to 22 drivers. Keep it clean and tight . It will cost you more energy in the beginning , but will save you a lot of time when you need to debug. That’s the message I am trying to give you !

Hope it helps ,

Kenny Buntinx

MVP Enterprise Client Management

ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 R2 Intune: CloudUserSync – delta sync to cloud failed

April 10, 2014 at 5:14 am in CM12, CM12 R2, CM12 SP1, ConfigMgr, ConfigMgr 2012, intune, MDM, sccm, SCCM 2012, sccm 2012 R2, SCCM 2012 R2, SCCM 2012 SP1, UDM, Windows Intune by Kenny Buntinx [MVP]

 

Hi,

After configuring a trial intune subscription I got a funny error in the CloudUserSync log:

ERROR: SetLicensedUsers exception The Dmp Connector cannot connect to Windows Intune. Verify that you are connected to the Internet,….
UserSync: Failed to perform delta sync. error = Unknown error 0x8013150C, 0x8013150C

further down in the log file :

ERROR: GetServiceAddresses – LSU cannot be reached: System.ServiceModel.ProtocolException: The content type text/html; charset=UTF-8 of the response message does not match the content type of the binding (application/soap+xml; charset=utf-8). If using a custom encoder, be sure that the IsContentTypeSupported method is implemented properly

 

If you search for this error you can see this happening with other services as well (Azure) and it is where the binding from your local server doesn’t match the endpoint (in this case intune/Azure)

Turned out that the customer provide me with a demo lab environment and it was still sitting on System Center Configuration Manager R2 Preview Smile

#Notetomyself : Check all components on the correct versioning before you start . Never take it for granted Smile with tongue out

 

Hope it Helps ,

Kenny Buntinx

Enterprise Client Management MVP

Sysctr Configmgr 2012 and Intune : Provisioning Email Profiles and the why the profile may not turn up on devices such as an Ipad.

March 21, 2014 at 7:39 pm in CM12, CM12 R2, CM12 SP1, ConfigMgr 2012, configmgr 2012 R2, ConfigMgr 2012 SP1, email Profile, email Profiles, intune by Kenny Buntinx [MVP]

 

Hi All,

The ‘Extensions for Windows Intune’ feature provides frequent, dynamic feature updates to System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager without any on-premises infrastructure update. New extensions like email profile provisioning make it very easy for end users to connect to corporate email from their mobile devices while at the same time, it ensures that administrators can protect corporate data by having the ability to selectively wipe email from lost or stolen mobile devices.

Now my colleague MVP Nico Sienaert (http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=19113864&locale=en_US&trk=tyah&trkInfo=tas%3Anico%20%2Cidx%3A1-1-1) and some other MVP’s including myself had issues around the provisioning of email profiles. Sometimes they never showed up on an iPad.

Nico did some investigation with the product team back in Redmond and found some interesting details , that can potentially block an email profile being delivered to the device

Problem description: Mail Profile not being provisioned through on iOS devices such as Ipad

Problem solution: They discovered that my mail property in AD was empty. Apparently this is required for email profiles. Once filled in that field in AD and made sure this was value was populated in the CM DB (User Discovery) the profile arrived almost immediately.

Anyway, lessons learned make sure you have ALWAYS a mail property filled in on your AD User. Currently this is not documented yet but it will be in the future.

When to need the AD mail attribute? :

  • IF you are using UPN for email addresses, then no AD attribute is needed. For Office 365, we already know the UPN and mail address, so not needed.
  • IF you are using SMTP, then you do need the mail attribute in AD.

Hope that Helps ,

Kenny Buntinx

Enterprise Client Management MVP

CM12 and intune : Deploying Windows *.ipa IOS Applications requires a *.plist file

March 18, 2014 at 7:18 am in Apple, CM12, CM12 R2, CM12 SP1, ConfigMgr 2012, configmgr 2012 R2, ConfigMgr 2012 SP1, deployment types, intune, iOS, ipa, Ipad, plist by Kenny Buntinx [MVP]

 

To side load an application *.ipa you need either to have developed it in-house or bought it from a developer who allows you to side load it and have a correct Apple developer account as well. https://developer.apple.com/programs/ios/

You cannot side load an app that you have downloaded and paid for in ITunes, that would be wrong in terms of license agreements. For those applications ,you can create a link to the application in Appstore and distribute that link.

So if you want to side load an application that you bought from Appstore, I would suggest that you Contact that Company/developer and see if they are interested in selling the application to you that way instead of through the Appstore.

There are a number of ways of deploying apps to iOS devices throughout your enterprise. You can purchase and assign apps with MDM through the Volume Purchase Program (VPP), or create and deploy your own in-house apps by joining the iOS Developer Enterprise Program. Additionally, if you are in a shared-device deployment scenario you can install apps and content locally with Apple Configurator or your MDM solutions such as Windows Intune.

Volume Purchase Program

The Volume Purchase Program (VPP) allows businesses to purchase iOS apps and books in volume and distribute them to employees. You can also get custom B2B apps for iOS that are built uniquely for you by third-party developers and procured privately through the VPP store. MDM solutions integrate with VPP and can be used to assign apps and books to users. When apps are no longer needed, MDM can be used to revoke and reassign them to a different user. Each app is automatically available for download on all the user’s devices, with no additional effort or cost to you. Redemption codes can also be purchased through VPP for use with Apple Configurator, or in situations where MDM is not applicable. To learn more about the Volume Purchase Program at http://www.apple.com/business/vpp

 

GOTCHA: The Volume Purchase Program (VPP) isn’t available in Belgium or Benelux. Up till now, European companies can only subscribe to the VPP program if they are resident in the UK or Germany. This isn’t really helping with our MDM solution, but later in this blog post we show you that we found an alternate solution (unfortunately NOT supported).

Enterprise in-house apps

Develop iOS apps for use by your company using the iOS Developer Enterprise Program. This program offers a complete and integrated process for developing,testing, and distributing your iOS apps to employees within your organization. Distributing in-house apps can be done either by hosting your app on a simple web-server you create internally, or by using a third-party MDM or app management solution. The benefits of managing in-house apps with MDM include the ability to configure apps remotely, manage versions, configure single sign on, set policies for network access such as per app VPN, and control which apps can export documents.

Distributing the app with your MDM solution such as Intune

To distribute an iOS application, you must have a valid .ipa package and a manifest (plist) file. The manifest file is an XML .plist file that is used to find, download and install any iOS applications that are located outside the App Store. The manifest file cannot exceed 10 KB. For more information, see the relevant Apple documentation.

· The .ipa package must be valid. This means that the package was signed by Apple and the expiration date indicated in the provisioning profile is still valid.

· For iOS applications, Windows Intune can distribute enterprise certificate iOS applications. Not all Apple developer certificate applications are supported.

· Your enterprise must be registered for the iOS Developer Enterprise Program.

· Make sure that your organization’s firewall allows access to the iOS provisioning and certification web sites.

I saw many people having difficulty to upload and deploy the IOS application in the forums and internet. Mainly because they do not have access to a VPP program from Apple. I managed to upload the IOS (*.ipa) application into Configuration Manager 2012 R2, and also manage to download and install the uploaded IOS application to the IPad from the Company Portal.

 

Creating a Manifest (plist) File from just an App File

All you need to do is find out the bundle-identifier and bundle-version for your app, then fill in in the template below.

GOTCHA: Not all applications have a plist file, it also depends on the MAC OSX (they have been changing the locations in 10.6 and again in 10.9.1. – checkout this thread http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=20121101064200135 and currently CM12 with Intune is not supporting it !

Getting the bundle-identifier and bundle-version from IPCU (iPhone Configuration Utility).

Unfortunately, the app’s bundle-identifier and bundle-version will not be directly readable because an .ipa file is usually signed. However, the data you need is made available through Apple’s iPhone Configuration Utility.

First, download and install the iPhone Configuration Utility (IPCU).

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After opening IPCU, click the "Applications" library item, and drag your .ipa file into the list. You should see the following page. The "Identifier" and "Version" columns are the bundle-identifier and bundle-version values respectively.

Now you can create the manifest file. Just copy manifest file contents below and replace the three highlighted values in the metadata dictionary with your own.

1. Replace the bundle-identifier to your identifier..

2. Replace the bundle-version to your version.

3. Replace the app’s name with your custom display name. This will be displayed to the user in an alert asking for permission to install the app.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">

<plist version="1.0">

<dict>

<key>items</key>

<array>

<dict>

<key>assets</key>

<array>

<dict>

<key>kind</key>

<string>software-package</string>

<key>url</key>

<string>http://placeholder/url/for/app.ipa</string>

</dict>

</array>

<key>metadata</key>

<dict>

<key>bundle-identifier</key>

<string>com.citrix.RecieverIpad</string>

<key>bundle-version</key>

<string>166</string>

<key>kind</key>

<string>software</string>

<key>title</key>

<string>Citrix Reciever</string>

</dict>

</dict>

</array>

</dict>

</plist>

 

Save the *.Plist file with the same name as the *.Ipa file in the same source folder and you would be able to import your Ipa DT (Deployment type) without any errors. However, I am not taking any responsibility here and this post is AS-IS with no liability what so ever.

Hope it Helps ,

Kenny Buntinx

Enterprise Client Management MVP

CM12 Extensions for Windows Intune: Resources and gotcha’s

February 11, 2014 at 2:43 pm in CM12 R2, email Profiles, intune, SCCM 2012 R2, Windows Intune Extensions, Windws Intune by Kenny Buntinx [MVP]

 

Hi ,

Last week a feature of System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager called “Extensions for Windows Intune” was released. This capability enables new features in Windows Intune to be available within your Configuration Manager console alongside the existing features without any on premises upgrade.

Enabling the exchange ActiveSync email profiles to mobile devices

Nico Sienaert wrote a blog post on that already that you could find over here : http://scug.be/nico/2014/02/08/configuration-manager-windows-intune-console-extensions-in-action/

Be careful when enabling “Intune Extensions” as they will be installed automatically. As soon as you enabled the intune extension , the next time someone opens a console , a message pops up to tell you that you need to install the console extensions. Great idea , but not in every scenario as :

- Local install : You will need local admin rights to update them (Helpdesk resources aren’t always local admin )

- Citrix : All your users are having a shared console open. This means that all users need to have the console closed and when launching the console update the user needs to have administrator rights to perform the update. Otherwise you are in an indefinably loop. There is currently no supported way to push the console extensions via applications / SCUP or other methods.

*** Workaround and NOT supported – You are on your own here ***

You can automate the steps below , however this is the manual process.

After enabling certain “Intune Extensions” , go to your primary site server and grab the following under downloads and copy it to your citrix server or local install where an admin has no rights :

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Make sure you’re Configmgr Consoles are closed and execute all extensions with following syntax

FeatureExtensionInstaller.exe  with following options <Install>  / <Uninstall> / <Validate> / <Repair>

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Go to your primary site server and grab  the following file from D:\Microsoft Configuration Manager\AdminConsole\XmlStorage\Other\ and save it to your citrix server or local install where an admin has no rights.

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You’re console will not complain again about the extensions that needs to be installed .

*** Workaround and NOT supported – You are on your own here ***

Using  the exchange ActiveSync email profiles to mobile devices

One of the first features to be available as an extension for Windows Intune is the ability to provision Exchange ActiveSync email profiles to mobile devices. This feature allows enterprises to deploy email profiles and restrictions so that workers can access corporate email on their personal devices without any required setup.

This is a great feature on provisioning corporate mailboxes on corporate owned devices and I like it , however Microsoft needs to catch up fast on the “Company data – selective wipe” of resources including email because when a user’s mobile device is lost or stolen, the administrator or the end user can initiate a ‘selective wipe’ of corporate data including their corporate email.

Be aware that this is currently supported by the iOS native email client app, but not the Windows Phone 8 EAS mail app. I hope that will be fixed soon with the upcoming free Enterprise Feature Pack for Windows Phone 8 sometime in 2014.

This update is due in the first half of 2014 and will add the following features to Windows Phone 8:

  • S/MIME to sign and encrypt email
  • Access to corporate resources behind the firewall with app aware, auto-triggered VPN
  • Enterprise Wi-Fi support with EAP-TLS
  • Enhanced MDM policies to lock down functionality on the phone for more enterprise control, in addition to richer application management such as allowing or denying installation of certain apps
  • Certificate management to enroll, update, and revoke certificates for user authentication

More information on Provision ActiveSync email profiles to mobile devices using System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager and Windows Intune see this blog post or following resources below :

https://blogs.technet.com/b/configmgrteam/archive/2014/01/29/provision-activesync-email-profiles-to-mobile-devices-using-configmgr-and-windows-intune.aspx

Here are some updates and added TechNet information about email profiles

Configuration Manager 2012

Planning to Use Extensions in Configuration Manager (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn574730.aspx)

Email Profiles in Configuration Manager (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn554227.aspx )

Introduction to Email Profiles in Configuration Manager (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn554226.aspx )

Planning for Email Profiles in Configuration Manager (http://technet.mnicrosoft.com/en-us/library/dn554232.aspx )

Prerequisites for Email Profiles in Configuration Manager (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn554229.aspx )

Configuring Email Profiles in Configuration Manager (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn554233.aspx )

Operations and Maintenance for Email Profiles in Configuration Manager (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn554231.aspx )

How to Create Exchange ActiveSync Email Profiles in Configuration Manager (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn554236.aspx )

How to Deploy Email Profiles in Configuration Manager (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn554228.aspx )

How to Monitor Email Profiles in Configuration Manager (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn554225.aspx )

Security and Privacy for Email Profiles in Configuration Manager (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn554235.aspx )

Technical Reference for Email Profiles in Configuration Manager (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn554230.aspx )

 

Hope it Helps ,

Kenny Buntinx

MVP Enterprise Client Management

OSD Capture fails on a HP Gen8 Hyper-V cluster

January 29, 2014 at 12:12 pm in 2012R2, capture, CM12, CM12 R2, CM12 SP1, hyper-V, OSD, SCCM 2012, sccm 2012 R2, SCCM 2012 R2, SCCM 2012 SP1 by Kenny Buntinx [MVP]

 

I’ve seen lots of people saying to use VMs to create images and my customer decided to do it using Hyper-V as they see the Hyper-V scenario as possible replacement for Vmware. We did it on Hyper-V 2012 R2.

However, I am having a problem capturing the image with the Build & Capture Task Sequence. I have the VM (running Windows 7 x64 Enterprise) . The VM ran through Sysprep and rebooted into WinPE, but then the problem starts. I checked the Captures folder to see if it started creating the WIM file,  only written 1KB and then fails with “Exiting with return code 0×80004005”. That’s right, 1 freaky’ KB.

I do have the Legacy Network adapter installed so I can perform PXE boots on the VMs that I have created.

This was the first time I’ve worked with Hyper-V 2012 R2 so I wasn’t sure what to expect as I had experiences with Hyper-V 2008 R2 and 2012 . I’ve looked at all the threads that mention "Hyper-V’ but none have said they are having any problems.

I’ll have tried a few things to see what happens, and to figure out what was wrong here. Finally we found out the issue :

We immediately thought at networking issues and not to a share or permission issue as we could write a file of 1kb.

1.When the VM started in Winpe to start capturing the image , we checked for an IP (F8 command prompt) . We saw the correct IP , but suddenly 5 seconds later , it changed back to an auto assign IP , short term APIPA (Automatic Private IP Addressing) . That was weird and we blamed it to the Networking team Smile . ( for once we thought we had a reason as the DHCP server was a linux box )

2. After ruling out the network ( giving it a fixed ip , MAC reservation ) , we start to search a little deeper . Maybe it was the Hyper-V cluster or the virtual switch ?

3. To rule out any virtual switch issues , we started to create a VM on the Hyper-V Host itself and BINGO ! The creation of the WIM file succeeded .

4. To make sure it was the Hyper-V cluster , we created a VM and tried it again . Same problem, The VM ran through Sysprep and rebooted into WinPE, but then the problem starts. I checked the Captures folder to see if it started creating the WIM file,  only written 1KB and then fails with “Exiting with return code 0×80004005”. That’s right, 1 freaky’ KB.  .

The solution:

Ok , The problem is related to the Hyper-V cluster . After a little investigation , we discovered that people had reported issues with networking drops on HP Generation 8 hardware. I’ve got answer with my connectivity issue.

Our case is the same as described on the Hyper-V.nu blog:

http://www.hyper-v.nu/archives/marcve/2013/11/vnics-and-vms-loose-connectivity-at-random-on-windows-server-2012-r2/

http://www.hyper-v.nu/archives/pnoorderijk/2013/11/the-story-continues-vnics-and-vms-loose-connectivity-at-random-on-windows-server-2012-r2/

As a workaround , disabling VMQ works . More info what VMQ does : http://blogs.technet.com/b/networking/archive/2013/09/10/vmq-deep-dive-1-of-3.aspx

The issue has been reported to HP support. We are awaiting feedback . In the meanwhile we will try this hotfix http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2913659 It seems that after patching our cluster nodes with the hotfix, we haven’t had a VM guest lose network connectivity for over 24 hours. It was happening quit regularly with several VM’s that are sending/recieving lots of network traffic . If you haven’t applied this hotfix and you are experience this issue and/or others with your virtual switches, do it before opening a case at HP

Hope it Helps ,

Kenny Buntinx

MVP enterprise Client Management .

ADFS 2.1 in combo with windows Intune stops working with ‘Error: 15404, State: 19. Could not obtain information about Windows NT group/user ‘Domain\ADFS_srvc’, error code 0×5

January 22, 2014 at 12:17 pm in ADFS, ADFS 2.1, CM12, CM12 R2, CM12 SP1, intune, sso by Kenny Buntinx [MVP]

 

One day my ADFS authentication for Configmgr 2012 R2 and Windows Intune suddenly stopped. I  came across the following on the Active Directory Federation Services farm which uses WID (Windows internal Database) to store its configuration.

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In words: An exception occurred while enqueueing a message in the target queue. Error: 15404, State: 19. Could not obtain information about Windows NT group/user ‘<Domain>\ADFS_srvc’, error code 0×5.

The solution: is to give the “Authenticated Users”  “Read Permissions” on the ADFS service account.

Hope it Helps ,

Kenny Buntinx

Enterprise Client Management MVP