Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Share Photos With Android Work Profile

Hello again Internet!

 In this post today I would like to do a guide on how to share items with the Android Work Profile. 

When we want to share something in Teams, Outlook, etc most people start off in the app that we are creating the communication from. In our example today we will use Teams. 

The issue is that, due to the architecture of the Work Profile, it will show an empty gallery usually. More precisely it only shows your 'Work' files to choose from.

In order to get around this and to share you personal items, assuming the Work Profile configuration allows it you need to start off in the photo you want to share. Once there you choose the share icon in the bottom left. Please note I tried to sanatize these images of any personal info so expect some red and white MSPaint skills.

EDIT: I just realized the image below may be confusing. The image below is a screen capture of the Outlook App I did earlier. The screenshot below is an image in my phones photos app, not an actual Outlook screen.

Once you have chosen to share the image the share window will come up. This can look different depending on the photo gallery app you have, device manufacturer, and even OS version. What you should see though is an option for the Work Profile. The blue suitcase in the screen grab below.

Once you choose to share the image to the Work Profile a new menu will pop up and allow you to choose which work badged app to share it to. In our test case I will choose Teams.

Once you make your selection it will open your work badged app and allow you to choose which communication channel to share the image to.

Once you choose your chat, I just chose Joe from my recent chats list, it will upload the image into the chat and you can then send it.

Hope this quick tutorial helps some of you out there and allows you to continue communicating in the ways you have been in a new Work Profile world.

Have a good one!

Thursday, August 20, 2020

App Protection Policies and Outlook Add-Ins

Hello Everyone!

Back to the technical side of the house today.

In this post I want to talk about a lesser known gap within Intune App Protection Policies, also known as MAM. 

When protecting the Outlook Mobile App there is a small hole that allows corporate data to escape the containerization policies. These are the 'Add-Ins' in the app. These loop in third party services into the Outlook App such as Trello, Wrike, Evernote, etc.

The issue is when you add these extensions you can log into them with a personal account. The App Protection Policies can not distinguish data going into this add-in. I suspect, because it is solely contained within the Outlook App itself, the policy views it as data just moving around internally into the app.

The work around for this is not great either, but its not terrible in my opinion. It really is something that should be disabled anyway for security sake. The fix itself is to remove the ability for end users to allow add-ins. The reason why this is not a 100% great fix is because this permission applies to not just Outlook App, but also OWA and Outlook desktop. 

Once you disable these permissions the user will no longer be able to select add-ins and when they try they receive the message below. 

Hopefully this can close a small hole some of you may have in your org today.

Have a good one!

Edit 3/26/2021 I have received this from a Microsoft contact I have

The good news is this has got into the roadmap now , we will soon provide a way through MAM app config to control this so that add ins can be disabled only on the mobile app. ETA for this is H2CY21 

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Personal Thoughts on Mobility

 The quiet side of the cloud evolution

    For a few years now the next evolution for most businesses has been the cloud. Yes, I know what you are saying, the cloud is old news and people have fully adopted the "cloud" some years ago and are on to bigger and better things like automation, a.i., IoT, and of course DevOps. This is not everyone though, this is not even the majority of businesses I interact with.

    When people think of the cloud and the benefits it offers most businesses talk IaaS, PaaS or SaaS. How can we lift and shift our infra, our apps, our business processes? What has caused less of a stir overall is the lift and shift of endpoints and management to cloud enabled, modern management platforms. This, to me, is the quieter side of the cloud.

    The next evolution of endpoint management has undergone, and will continue to undergo, massive changes. This is all driven by the changes in business functions and the changes to the way employees work. Almost gone, but not quite, are the days of assigned cubicles, restrictive and ineffective policies, and the feeling of needing a body in a seat to have your workforce be productive. These business changes driving the changing technology are only made possible in a cloud platform. 

    What do these technology changes try to solve? In short, it is about trying to increase the ability to work anywhere, from any device, while maintaining security. Your office network is no longer the security boundary, you no longer host business critical apps on your hardware with non web based logins, sprawl of shadow IT can overwhelm a business now because if there is an easier way to complete a business process than what IT offers to the end users they will find it and adopt it. 

    How do we address these needs? It all starts with Identity. With the goal of working from anywhere that tosses out the network as the security plane and from any device tosses out traditional device management. Identity is the new security and control plane as that is the common thread between anywhere and any device. This means that a true modern management solution has to have an Identity solution attached to it with deep integration, such as Microsoft Intune or VMWare's Workspace1. Without Identity your cloud enabled endpoint solution is not truly modern management capable.

Covid-19 and the great experiment

    In late 2019, into 2020, and at the time of this writing, Covid-19 is a global pandemic. Many business and workers can not work, have been furloughed, or reduced their hours. This has hit business across all sectors in a meaningful way. 

    For some business and workers its as if we have been forced into this grand experiment who's goal is to answer two questions:
1. Can you work remotely?
2. Can you do it securely?
As the world has come to find out, the answer is a pretty solid yes, we can work remotely and in a meaningful and productive way.

    Modern management can make this forced transition so much smoother for the end user and the business. The ability to use mobile platforms such as iOS and Android phones or tablets, the option to do BYOD for not just mobile but Win10 as well, and the ability to do this securely because we have the proper identity controls in place, allow the workforce to be safe and productive while allowing the admin the management and security they require at the same time.

    Is this forced experiment a success? In most ways yes, but there are some challenges. Change is hard, no matter the circumstance, and getting a traditional business to adopt modern management can be difficult in the best of times. Things are not the same in the cloud world. Reporting is different, security is different, some things are actually lacking or missing and we have to find creative solutions to these things. Because we are a cloud platform though we can move with incredible speed, making changes to the system and available controls constantly. While other products have had a handful of decades to mature, where most modern management platforms have only had roughly 5 years give or take, modern solutions are already catching up due to the power of being built on a cloud platform.

    This is all mostly just me rambling but if you have made it this far I want to leave you with a couple solid take aways. Do not be afraid to change and to adopt a mobile endpoint solution, allow your users a little more freedom in choosing where and how the way that they work, and when someone mentions the cloud remember that includes endpoint management too.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Azure AD Hybrid Join Over VPN Issues

Hello once again! Long time no

In this post I wanted to talk about the way Hybrid AAD Join works over VPN and an interesting communication I had with a Microsoft contact of mine recently.

I have covered Hybrid AADJ in the past, link here. Adding in the VPN adds a new wrinkle into the equation that is supposed to be solved by one of the HAADJ scheduled tasks. 

HAADJ creates a scheduled task that runs the dsregcmd.exe command. This command is built into the Win10 OS and this task is also built into the OS and have been running since day 1. These are located at Microsoft>Windows>WorkplaceJoin. This task has 2 defined triggers

The first trigger runs the dsregcmd at the initial logon. This does not help our VPN users at all unless you are deploying a prelogin VPN like Always-On VPN or Direct Access. The second scheduled trigger is supposed to kick off every hour after a reboot and generates a log in event viewer with ID 4096

This would allow a VPN user to reboot, login, and trigger the once an hour request, and if still connected to the VPN in an hour kick off the Hybrid Join process. This was not seeming to happen though. The timings of this event were very sporadic. I brought it up to a contact I have at Microsoft and it appears there was a bug that needed fixed! I have not validated with them what version/when/how this was going to be in place but if you are having issues with VPN+Hybrid Join hopefully it should be fixed in a future build.

Until next time fellow IT explorers