DIRVING THE COMMUNITY

Since years, it is pleasure to work and enjoy the Microsoft community. Ether going to any good events such as Experts Live Europe or also local driven communities. But of course, the pandemic made it not that easy during the last couple of month or better saying years.

For those who know me, I’m a positive thinking person and I’m sure it will getting better and we will be even getting much better to drive community events even during this hard times. This events give us the possibilities to talk to each other, being friendly and also to learn from friends and great persons!

This is actually the main reason for me to join or organize community events – be kind and learn!

This week we where able to held our (REMOTE) Cloud Workplace Meetup Number #10. To bad, we had to cancel one session from our buddy and fellow Timo Breuer, Senior IT-Security Consultant at dinext. pi-sec as he had a major incident to resolve. But his session will be covered in the next month, probably already in January 2022. Let’s see and stay tuned.

It was a pleasure to jump in with my session “Microsoft Information Protection – Getting started and keep an eye on your data!”. If you’re good in Swiss German or you want to learn the great dialect from Bern (by the way the capital city of Switzerland, yes it is not Zurich), then you should watch the recording of my session. Have fun!

Let me know what you think!

SPEAKING AT WORKPLACE NINJA VIRTUAL EDITION 2021

I’m excited to be chosen as a speaker at the Workplace Ninja Summit Virtual Edition 2021. The summit 2021 is again held all virtual, starting today. The event is an IT community conference focused on Endpoint Management, ConfigMgr, Intune, Microsoft Security, Azure AD, PowerShell and Azure Virtual Desktop, with Microsoft MVPs, Microsoft Regional Directors and other industry experts. Check out the event website.

OUR SESSION

I will speak together with my buddy Michael Rueefli (Azure MVP) about Azure AD identities attack and defense. Our session title and speaking slot is:

Spy vs. Spy – Azure AD identities attack and defense
– Session 2, 2PM, Room 2 –
Use this link to go to the whole session catalog: LINK

SOME WORDS ABOUT Workplace Ninja Virtual Edition 2021

The event is all virtual, as mentioned above. This year, it is the second time that Workplace Ninja Summit Virtual will be held “virtual”.

Community leaders started two years ago with the event. If you are interested in Microsoft cloud topics, this is a must event. You can join all sessions using Microsoft Teams and as it is a real community event, it’s free. However, it needs a lot of working hours to raise an event like that. So, thanks a lot to the organizers!

Community
You have the possibility to exchange and connect with other visitors and speakers of this event. Use this platform and the event as a virtual meeting zone and who knows… Possibly new synergies will arise. Would be cool to see you there, virtual!

Official hashtag used: #WPNinjS

So do not miss to check out the great speakers line-up.
See you there!

BUILD AN APPROVAL PROCESS FOR ENDPOINT MANAGER APPS USING AZURE IDENTITY GOVERNANCE

Ever wanted to create an approval process for your Windows applications in Endpoint Manager? Some apps require approval as they generate licensing cost at the back end. Sure, you can use many solutions for that like Power Platform (Preferred if you’re not using Identity Governance), Active Roles Server, ServiceNow and more – you name it.

But actually there is a “built-in” solution for that. Not built in with MEM but built in with Azure and Identity Governance. If you’re licensed to use Identity Governance and you use it for services such as Privileged Identity Management (PIM) or Access Reviews your good to go. If not, you first have to onboard it. For the solution here, you need at least an Azure AD Premium P2 license or EMS E5/A5 as user.

In a first step create an application within MEM. Go to the MEM Portal https://endpoint.microsoft.com and select Apps, for example create a line-of-business app using a simple MSI. I have downloaded the latest MIP (AIP) client and uploaded it to Intune without any special configuration or silent install commands (for now).

In a second step, create a group with no user assignment and assign the group to the application created before . This could be an AD synced group or a cloud group. Still nothing special here.

Now the interesting part starts!
Browse to Identity Governance in the Azure Portal / Azure Active Directory and start creating a new Access Package using Entitlement Mangement.

From the Basics settings provide a proper name and description, such as “APP – MIP Client (requires approval)”. This name will also be populated to your end-users (also the description).

Under Resource role select + Groups and Teams and browse for the group you have created earlier. In my case mem-app-u-mip-client. Don’t forget to select also the role the user will have within this group. Usually this is just the “Member” role.

On the Request page you will have 3 options you can select. In the case here, we will use For users in your directory and All members (excluding guests). This does guest users not allow to see or request this particular access package.

Enable the Require approval toggle to Yes. This will give you the options to configure the Approval flow. I have selected the following options, but of course your free to change them:
– Require requestor justification: Yes
– How many stages: 1
– First approver: “my demo user”
– Decision in days: 14 (default)
– Require approver justification: Yes
– If no action taken, forward to alternate approvers?: No (advanced request)
– Enable: Yes

Under Requestor information (preview) you have the option to define some specific questions for the requester of the package. For example, you can request to provide some more information about the reason of the usage of this particular app with some multiple choise values.

Within the Lifecycle options we can now define the time of availability of the Acccess Package itself. Let’s say, this access package is only available for the rollout of our MIP Client and we like to define a timeframe of 1 year (365 days) of availability (this is just a random pick) and we do not allow to extend access to the package.

As next we would also like to enable the Access Review of the package and check back within a couple of month who has access and if this access is still needed (Review of access to our Intune deployed application). The Reviewers could be a specific user (Application Owner for example) or a Self-review where the user has to review the access by himself. Choose the values they fit as its best to your use case.

Review and create your Access Package. This will populate a my access link myaccess.microsoft.com followed by your tenant name and the OpjectId of your Access package. This site is where all the packages and access reviews can be found, ether for the end user to request the package (application) or to review as an application owner.

Enduser experience

Your users are now able to browse to your organization myaccess site by browsing the URL https://myaccess.microsoft.com/ To request the application they select Access package, where our just created package APP – MIP Client (Require approval) will be listed. The request is super easy. The requester has to select + Request access – provide the required information such as the Business reason & justification (if configured within the package) and then to submit the request. During the request process, the user has the opportunity to see the current status of the request including the approval process under his Request history.

Approver experience

The configured approver of the package (which could also be the Manager, currently in Preview) will receive an email to approve or deny the request. As soon the access has been granted, the user account will be added to our created group and the user will receive the assigned application ether to install the application by himself using the Company Portal or if the assignment is set to required within MEM, the application will be forced to install.

Depending on the configured Access review time, the reviewer will receive a similar email to review the access. This could be Self-service for the user or another person within your organization.

Hope this helps to use Access package as your approval process for MEM deployed Windows applications. Let me know what you think! Stay save.

SPEAKING AT CLOUD8 – VIRTUAL SUMMIT

I’m excited to be chosen as a speaker at the Cloud8 virtual summit (Part II). Cloud8 2020 is again held all virtual, on November 13th. The event is an IT community conference focused on Microsoft cloud, datacenter, security and modern workplace topic, with Microsoft MVPs, Microsoft Regional Directors and other industry experts. Check out the event website.

MY SESSION

I will speak about Zero Trust, protecting your identities and implementing Identity Governance. My session title and speaking slot:

Identity Governance – A valid and secured Identity is gold!
– Session 17, 3PM –
Use this link to go to the whole session catalog: LINK

SOME WORDS ABOUT Cloud8

Cloud8 is all virtual, as mentioned above. This year, it is the second time that Cloud8 will be held and that’s why is called part II :-).

Community leader Drago Petrovic started in spring with this great event and first edition. If you are interested in Microsoft cloud topics, this is a must event. You can join all sessions using Microsoft Teams and as it is a real community event, it’s free. However, it needs a lot of working hours to raise an event like that. So, thanks a lot to the organizers!

HUB Zone
There ist a HUB Zone where you can meet others. In the HUB Zone you have the possibility to exchange and connect with other visitors and speakers of this event. Use this platform as a virtual meeting zone and who knows… Possibly new synergies will arise. It’s easy to join as well, just klick on the “join HUB meeting link”. Would be cool to see you there, virtual!

Official hahstag used: #cloud8

We just had our briefing call with Drago:

So do not miss to check out the great speakers line-up.
See you there!

SPEAKING AT EXPERTS LIVE SWITZERLAND 2020

I’m excited to be chosen again as a speaker at Experts Live Switzerland . Experts Live Switzerland 2020 will take place on September 30 at “Welle 7” in Bern Switzerland. Experts Live Switzerland is an IT community conference focused on Microsoft cloud, datacenter, security and modern workplace topic, with Microsoft MVPs, speakers from Microsoft and other industry experts.

MY SESSION

I will speak about Zero Trust, protecting your identities and implementing Identity Governance. My session title and speaking slot:

Identity Governance – A valid and secured Identity is gold!
– Track 3, 3PM –
Find the all sessions here.

Experts Live Switzerland will be the first in-person event for me since more than 6 month, all pretty well organized with all the COVID-19 rules & regulations.

SOEME WORDS ABOUT EXPERTS LIVE

The first time this year since #ELCH all sessions are being presented in english.

Experts Live Switzerland 2020 is limited to only 150 attendees. There will be a lot of other great sessions and a lot of experts from the Microsoft Cloud community across Europe. One of the main advantages of joining the Experts Live events is that you get this great networking opportunity to learn from each other.

Check out the Experts Live Switzerland website for more detailed information’s. Would be cool to see you there!