The Twelve Days of Blog-mas: No.11 – The Kitchen Sink

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Hi folks!


I am running out of days for my “Twelve Days” timeframe, so I’m dropping a pile of topics here that I feel are important/helpful but less-known.


Apologies in advance for the brevity and link-breadcrumbs.


On-prem App Provisioning + MIM Connector Re-use


Apps in Intune




 Enable Company Portal to be the ‘user portal’ option for the Software Center option in Configuration Manager Client Settings




NOTE: Enabling that integration of CM apps into Company Portal does NOT break or disable Software Center, though – that still works fine:






Surface Management Portal






Patch Windows.  Better.  From the Cloud.


Protect.  Detect.  Respond.

Defender for Identity is an amazing product.  If you have it going in your enviro, you already know this.  If you don't have it going yet, get to it - you'll sleep better.  It proactively monitors network traffic/patterns and event logs for Active Directory (and ADFS and now ADCS/PKI). 




  • The 'usual suspects' like Domain Admins are tagged as sensitive, but of course, you can tag your own, too:



  • The "Report" is a multi-tabbed XLS with all the ‘who/what/where/when’ glory. 



"Happy little clouds"

This Visio evolved from an ad-hoc whiteboard drawing during a customer discussion about endpoint and server management - enjoy the Bob Ross (RIP)



A series recap (so far):

  1. The Twelve Days of Blog-mas: No.1 - A Creative Use for Intune Remediations - Microsoft Community Hub
  2. The Twelve Days of Blog-mas: No.2 - Windows Web Sign in and Passwordless - Microsoft Community Hub
  3. The Twelve Days of Blog-mas: No.3 - Windows Local Admin Password Solution (LAPS) - Microsoft Communi...
  4. The Twelve Days of Blog-mas: No.4 - Sync Cloud Groups from AAD/Entra ID back to Active Directory - M...
  5. The Twelve Days of Blog-mas: No.5 - The Endpoint Management Jigsaw - Microsoft Community Hub
  6. The Twelve Days of Blog-mas: No.6 - The Reporting Edition - Microsoft Community Hub
  7. The Twelve Days of Blog-mas: No.7 - Architecture Visuals - for Your Reference or Your Own Docs - Mic...
  8. The Twelve Days of Blog-mas: No.8 - The Evolution of Windows Server Management - Microsoft Community Hub
  9. The Twelve Days of Blog-mas: No.9 - It’s a Multi-Tenant and Cross-Platform World: Part I - Microsoft Community Hub
  10. The Twelve Days of Blog-mas: No.10 - It’s a Multi-Tenant and Cross-Platform World: Part II - Microsoft Community Hub


See ya tomorrow!



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