The Microsoft authenticator app that we know and love has been around for some time now and it gives us an additional layer of security to Azure AD working school accounts and our Microsoft accounts. When using the app it allows users to authenticate in a passwordless way when signing in but also as an additional layer of verification to SSPR or self-service password reset and also during an Azure AD mfa event.
The big news though is that Microsoft have now gone one step further with their latest release and have introduced some new security features for iOS and Android devices which includes 1 - The number matching experience with push notifications 2 - Additional context to authentication where it gives you information about the app and location the person is logging in from.
Example of Number matching
Hi there back in july of 2021 the Cloud Managment Community released a video called 'voice typing
windows 11 is awesome' this seemed to be a really popular video so in this blog Im going to have a little bit of fun showing you how awesome Voice access is and how it extends the speech recognition capabilities on your Windows 11 device. Since the preview build 22518 which was released in december 2021 the Windows voice access feature can now do many more things, you can open, close applications, maximize, minimize, scroll, edit text and basically you can control your desktop so let's have a little look at this and give it a go.
To begin with what you're going to need for this to work is open up your settings on your windows 11 device, scroll down on the left and select Accessibility, then scroll down on the right and under interaction and select 'Speech' which should be a an option you already have. When you switch this on for the first time it will prompt you get and download the speech module. Click the download and carry out the install. When installed this is run by the Executable C:\Windows\System32\VoiceAccess.exe.
To switch this on toggle the switch on the page and go through the interactive guide to help you setup and provides you with some basic experience. If you have more than one microphones connected then select the one you want to use. You are then done and ready to try this out. If at some point you want to turn the service off navigate to Settings > Accessibility > Speech and toggle the switch to off.
Its worth pointing out that Intially you will see that Voice Access is in sleep mode. You wake it up by saying 'voice access wake up' which will enable the feature to begin listening to your microphone. The service begin to provide verification of this instantly based on the commands and the words you dictate. This is great and really useful because you can immediately see how accurate the service recognises and interprets your speech. I found this to be extremely accurate myself and despite the service originally only available in the american language pack it works with my UK English. It should be said that there will obviously be some small inaccuracies however which for me it worked very well. Now that the Voice Access feature is enabled you can dictate commands to interact and navigate with your Windows PC. Interact with applications and Windows
features using your voice and search the internet using the web browser. This is all available handsfree!
Now, to understand how you intreact with the module and carry out commands there is a great website which shows the full list of commands. Take a look for yourself as a little bit of easy training goes a long way.
When running voice access you can quickly change some of the settings using the settings icon at the top right hand side of the command line. Within here you can can select your microphone and switch them, change any of the automatic options or even swith the service off.
Aside from this website you can also give a command where you can say 'what can i say' and then you see a selection of the terms and phrases you can use. I have no doubt this is going to be expanded on but i think it's a really good start for opening up what you can do with the desktop as opposed to just dictating text into a document.
Let's go through a few of these commands and see how we get on.
- Open word
- double click
- snap word to left
- minimize word
All these worked by the way.
A popular phrase you may want to use is when searching the internet:
- search on bing for microsoft
- search on youtube for microsoft
- search on google for microsoft
In each case a new tab is opened in your default browser as per below and the phrase dictated is searched automatically by only speaking. Will voice access replace what you do on a day-to-day basis probably not but i do think it's starting to get there and will be provide a powerfull way for some end users especially people with some disabbilities.
To finish off here I will end with a few more commands:
- minimize edge
- open notepad
- dictation mode
- type thank you for joining this video it's been really useful i hope you really enjoy what you've seen here and give it a go for yourself.
some of the other commands I tried out were:
- open excel
- go to desktop
- restore excel
- double click
- scroll down
- scroll up
- maximise word
- move mouse left
- stop mouse
- select all
- copy that
I would imagine there are plenty more commands and features planned and I look forward to see where this goers next. Thanks for reading.
I'm back with the next instalment of what I've termed my Intune Quick Links (IQL). This time as suggested out on Twitter earlier the latest reference includes everything around Windows Autopilot. I have been working with companies for a few years now building and deploying Windows devices. Autopilot has introduced a huge shift within the device provisioning world, all of which in the main is good and helped to transform the way devices are prepared and delivered to users. Luckily the technical community have produced a great deal of informative and impressive content around this topic which when you work in the industry can serve to be very helpful.
Happy New Year.
Its January when we all set new goals and challenges. Back in October 2021 I mentioned I would be creating a quick reference guide to community posts, videos and guides, all of which refer to ways of using PowerShell with Intune. One of the first goals for me was to take time to finish off V1 of my IQL reference guide. The goal was simply to gather useful information I can use regularly for my own customer deployments but also provide other community members with something that's helpful and quick.
In my job role I have used a number of the included links myself and created videos to help me learn. This is V1 of my guide and rather than just have a copy on my own desktop I thought it would be worth sharing. As you build your knowledge and experience in deploying and managing devices with Intune and MEM you don't necessarily need to know how to write PowerShell although it is advised to know at least the basics. I will be looking to build on this over time and welcome any one else's PowerShell gems if you would like me to add to the list. There are so many PowerShell tips, modules and scripts available to help you achieve your particular challenges but it can sometimes take time remembering or finding where you saw them.
I hope you find this useful in your role.
Thanks to all contributors to the guide and please follow me on Twitter to receive updates as they are released.
You can download a copy of the quick links by clicking on the 'Download file' below. Once downloaded open the document and simply click the topic of interest and it will take you the relevant website / YouTube video.
Hi there, I was recently working with a customer who asked 'How do we document our MEM configuration'. Well it got me thinking I can use the traditional way of browsing through all the policies, applications and Intune settings and writing these into my own document or I could automate it. My initial instinct was to step into the Graph explorer and write my own PowerShell commands and join all these together. BUT Why would I do that when there are plenty of great tools and documents out there already established. So I turned to Workplace Ninga's and Thomas Kurth. A big thanks to Thomas who has taken all his hard work and wrapped the configuration into his own PowerShell Module. This is the power of the community.
After finding his script I set to testing this out and see how long it would take to setup and get results. So follow along the steps below where I complete this in just 90 seconds. Yes you heard that right. Documenting platform configurations can take time and as we build up our various policies keeping a track of all these is becoming more and more important.
When you get the time check out the Workplace Ninja's blog site at https://www.wpninjas.ch/ for yourself.
Lets get started...
To start run PowerShell ISE on your own Windows device making sure you can run as an administrator on the machine. Once this is open first install the Microsoft Graph.Intune and PSWord Module. These allow you access your own data within your own Azure tenant and install the Word module used to write all the output into.
When prompted regarding the execution policy click 'Yes to all' and proceed.
The remaining 3 commands will:
- Install the Thomas Kurth IntuneDocumentation module
- Set the permissions on your device to ensure the script will run
- Invokes the script to connect to your tenant and pull out all the system configuration settings.
- Import all policies and settings into a word document c:\temp\intunedoc2.docx (You can change the name of the document and save to a location you have the write permissions to.
Again when promted to install the module click 'Yes to all' to continue. You will then be prompted to sign-in to your tenant using your tenant admin account. This will allow the IntuneDocumentaion module to access MS Graph and pull out all necessary data.
The final stage is to import all collected data into a Workplace Ninga Word formatted document which you can easily amend for your own processes after. The collection of the data can take up to 60 seconds export and then write the word document and you are all done. Please note as shown in the picture above it will warn you if you have already created a previopus export and saved to the same document name.
In the original version the script it performed a collection of all configuration settings for:
Thanks for reading.
Im back to creating handy reference guides for the technical community. Specifically for anyone looking for a handy library of Intune and MEM guides and helpful PowerShell scripts. There are so many out there some of which have been reused and adapted and others built from scratch. PowerShell scripts has definately been my friend when it comes to Intune configuration and can provide some powerful ways of collecting information, and deploying settings. So it made me think why not create an ultimate PowerShell reference with quick links to evrything useful with Intune.
I will be building the first release of Intune Quick Links (IQL) over the next month and while it will be useful for my own reference it would be great to involve the community and anyone wanting to submit their own useful PowerShell scripts. If you find any of these useful and want to submit your own scripts with information on what it does and links to to your website or Blog please get in contact. I plan to release version 1 of this IQL by the end of November by which time I hope to have at least 40 entries.