Longer Windows 10 servicing for enterprises and education

In case anyone missed the big announcement yesterday.

Helping customers shift to a modern desktop – Microsoft 365 Blog

In short:

Windows 10 Enterprise customers will get 30 month support (change from the 18 month). Those on current 1607, 1703, 1709, and 1803 will be extended to 30 months as well.

Future releases for Sept will have 30 months (starting with 1809) and spring releases (starting 1903) will still be 18 months for those that was faster cadences.

This is great news for Enterprise customers. For those on Pro version, might want to reconsider to move to Enterprise unless you can do the 18 month.

There are other announcements but this is the biggest as there were many concerns on the 18 month cycles.

Windows Defender ATP – Onboarding Windows 7 & 8

Supported OS for this post:

  • Windows 7 SP1 Enterprise
  • Windows 7 SP1 Pro
  • Windows 8.1 Pro
  • Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Microsoft’s Windows Defender ATP (WDATP) now supports previous versions of Windows listed above.

If you use System Center Endpoint Protection for Win 7 and 8, you will need to ensure the January 2017 platform update is installed and the SCEP client Cloud Protection Services membership is to Advanced in the ConfigMgr antimalware policy that is applied to the systems.

For Windows 7 SP1 Enterprise and Pro ensure the following are installed

You will need the Workspace ID and key from the WDATP portal.


Download the MMA agent setup file: Windows 64-bit agent or Windows 32-bit agent.

Once you downloaded the agent(s), extract them (I use 7-ZIP) and place them in your ConfigMgr source folder so you can add as an Application. [I am not going to go into details how to add an Application into ConfigMgr]

The setup.exe or MSI command line parameters to pass are:

MMA-specific options Notes
NOAPM=1 Optional parameter. Installs the agent without .NET Application Performance Monitoring.
ADD_OPINSIGHTS_WORKSPACE 1 = Configure the agent to report to a workspace
OPINSIGHTS_WORKSPACE_ID Workspace Id (guid) for the workspace to add
OPINSIGHTS_WORKSPACE_KEY Workspace key used to initially authenticate with the workspace
OPINSIGHTS_WORKSPACE_AZURE_CLOUD_TYPE Specify the cloud environment where the workspace is located
0 = Azure commercial cloud (default)
1 = Azure Government
OPINSIGHTS_PROXY_URL URI for the proxy to use
OPINSIGHTS_PROXY_USERNAME Username to access an authenticated proxy
OPINSIGHTS_PROXY_PASSWORD Password to access an authenticated proxy

Example:

setup.exe /qn NOAPM=1 ADD_OPINSIGHTS_WORKSPACE=1 OPINSIGHTS_WORKSPACE_AZURE_CLOUD_TYPE=0 OPINSIGHTS_WORKSPACE_ID=<your workspace id> OPINSIGHTS_WORKSPACE_KEY=<your workspace key> AcceptEndUserLicenseAgreement=1

Deploy the application to the collection that contains your target computers.

Once the agent is installed, you will see Microsoft Monitoring Agent in the Control Panel

Open the control panel applet and go to the second tab which is Azure Log Analytics (OMS). If there was a successful connection, you will see a green check box.

Within 30 minutes, you will see the computer show up on your WDATP portal.

Run the detection test on the Windows 7/8 computer

powershell.exe -NoExit -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -WindowStyle Hidden $ErrorActionPreference= ‘silentlycontinue’;(New-Object System.Net.WebClient).DownloadFile(‘http://127.0.0.1/1.exe&#8217;, ‘C:\\test-WDATP-test\\invoice.exe’);Start-Process ‘C:\\test-WDATP-test\\invoice.exe’

Once the command is executed, in the Portal within a minute or so, you will see the Risk Score change to Medium

Digging into the machine, you will see the powershell command tagged as Suspicious.

If you do not see a green check box in MMA agent:

  • Check proxy and internet connectivity
  • Ensure the workspace ID and KEY are properly entered
  • Install the MMA agent manually on the machine and enter the information.
  • Check command line in your deployment for spelling, spaces, etc.

Configure server proxy and Internet connectivity settings

Each Windows server must be able to connect to the Internet using HTTPS. This connection can be direct, using a proxy, or through the OMS Gateway.

  • If a proxy or firewall is blocking all traffic by default and allowing only specific domains through or HTTPS scanning (SSL inspection) is enabled, make sure that the following URLs are white-listed to permit communication with Windows Defender ATP service:
  • If a proxy or firewall is blocking all traffic by default and allowing only specific domains through or HTTPS scanning (SSL inspection) is enabled, make sure that the following URLs are white-listed to permit communication with Windows Defender ATP service:
Agent Resource Ports
*.oms.opinsights.azure.com 443
*.blob.core.windows.net 443
*.azure-automation.net 443
*.ods.opinsights.azure.com 443
winatp-gw-cus.microsoft.com 443
winatp-gw-eus.microsoft.com 443
winatp-gw-neu.microsoft.com 443
winatp-gw-weu.microsoft.com 443
winatp-gw-uks.microsoft.com 443
winatp-gw-ukw.microsoft.com 443
winatp-gw-aus.microsoft.com 443
winatp-gw-aue.microsoft.com 443

ConfigMgr 1802 TP – Microsoft Edge Browser Profiles

In the updated 1802 TP, we now have an option to create Edge policies.

In Assets and Compliance, under Compliance Settings, there is an option for Microsoft Edge Browser Profiles

Highlight that and choose from the Menu (or right click) to Create Microsoft Edge profile

In the Create Microsoft Edge Browser Policy wizard, name your profile/policy just as an example below. You can create multiple profiles to target different collections like any other deployment.

In the next screen, choose the configuration needed based on your corporate policies.

Once done, select next and choose the OS which will always be Windows 10 but you can target between x32 and x64.

Once all done, from the menu bar or right click to deploy the policy to a collection.

GPO: Custom ADM to redirect Favorites for Windows XP

Custom ADM template to redirect Favorites for Windows XP workstations. Copy the text below to a notepad file and save with .adm extension. Import the ADM file into your GPO and change the path for your environment.

 

 

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CLASS MACHINE

CLASS USER

    CATEGORY “Custom Policies”

    KEYNAME “Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies”

        POLICY “Favorites”

            PART “Redirect Favorites” EDITTEXT

            KEYNAME “Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders”

            VALUENAME “Favorites”

            DEFAULT “H:\MY DOCUMENTS\Favorites”

            MAXLEN 50

            END PART

        END POLICY

    END CATEGORY

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