ConfigMgr and Intune—now managing 175 million devices!

Over the weekend, we achieved a significant milestone that I wanted to share with this community because you made it happen: Microsoft endpoint management (as I like to refer to System Center Configuration Manager and Microsoft Intune working together) is now managing more than 175 million Windows, Mac, A­­ndroid, and iOS devices.

175 million is an incredibly big number. The chart below provides a view of how fast this ramp has happened. I am not aware of any commercial cloud service that has ramped up this quickly. The only commercial customer cloud service that I believe is bigger than System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) and Intune together is Office 365.

To put a number like 175 million in perspective: your odds of winning the Powerball Lottery are about 175 million to one. When it comes to the lotto, anyone holding a ticket is on the wrong side of that math problem—the odds are just stacked completely against you. But with ConfigMgr, the value of that 175 million is flipped—now you are the beneficiary of that giant number because all the insight we gather from so many endpoints is constantly being used to improve the features and functionality of your product.

Let me provide a little more insight into the data

For the majority of the time being measured in the graph, ConfigMgr has dominated the growth and usage. If you looked at the mix of ConfigMgr-managed devices vs. Intune-managed devices a year ago, the mix would have been three to one. Over the last couple of months, however, that mix has flipped. In the last month, for example, for every ConfigMgr managed device that has hit the server, three Intune-managed devices have come in. Don’t get me wrong, we are definitely not forcing anyone to move from ConfigMgr to Intune, but what I’ve noticed from our customers is a shift towards full-cloud solutions with Intune—and this is represented in the data where we see Intune managing millions of Windows 10 devices. The reasoning behind this is simple: the market has concluded that Microsoft has built the best management tools for Windows.

To better understand our long-term commitment to ConfigMgr, as well as how it works with Intune moving forward, check out this quick section of last week’s Endpoint Zone episode:

What 175 million means for you

This milestone isn’t just about a big number; it’s about the way it impacts how you use the technology.

Right now, there’s a lot of talk in our community about “modern management” and how it impacts the work you’re doing now and how you’ll plan for the future of work. “Modern management” is not a product but a perspective about how to manage and secure devices, and this discussion sometimes leads to the conclusion that Intune is modern and ConfigMgr is not modern. In terms of how my team builds and operates these tools, as well as how we invest in and prioritize them, nothing could be further from the truth. “Modern management” is a way to go about managing your endpoints—a great example of this is the perspective that using Windows Autopilot for PC provisioning is a modern approach, whereas traditional imaging is not.

In my mind, the most significant element that makes a management tool “modern” is that insights and intelligence from the cloud are used to automate and improve that tool in ways that were not possible in the past.

For any organization to provide insights/intelligence that you can confidently rely on to automate and amplify your efforts, that provider first has to be operating a data set that is both rich and broad. Having something like this to learn from is not just important—it’s mandatory. These 175 million endpoints provide by far the largest and broadest data set available—and then add to this what we learn from over 800 million PCs in active use, over 180 million monthly active users of Office 365, and the 640 billion monthly authentications through Azure Active Directory. Once again, the math tells a compelling story.

This big number is also a safety net for the community of people responsible for endpoint management in companies all over the world. When it comes to managing Windows devices, for example, the things we learn from running a global service allows us to anticipate the emerging needs of a specific industry, or it shows us places where we can continue to refine useful features. The depth of these types of insights simply wouldn’t be possible if we were managing a global network of devices that was dramatically smaller. It takes tens of millions of Windows 10 endpoints to get the breadth necessary to provide the holistic insights you need, as the breadth of the PC ecosystem is enormous—an incredible diversity of hardware, drivers, peripherals, agents, apps, etc.

The things learned from this type of scale is at the core of every modern management ideal: ConfigMgr and Intune are constantly refined and improved by what is learned here, and the security and management of each endpoint improves accordingly.

A couple of examples of how this benefits you

  • Automate compatibility testing—For nearly every IT team, the single largest cost and expenditure of time during an upgrade to a new version of Windows is compatibility testing. When we release Desktop Analytics soon, we will be able to automate your compatibility testing because of what we learn from the data sets noted above.
  • Zero Trust environments—The ongoing movement of data and apps to the cloud, as well as the constant use/growth of mobile devices, means that it is more important than ever to ensure only trusted users using trusted devices access your company’s apps/data. This is another area in which the size of our data sets can help you in ways that were not possible in the past—for example, human hands and human minds can no longer keep up with the speed and sophistication of many attacks. But now there’s intelligent assistance from the cloud.

There is so much more coming! We are learning and iterating quickly. Microsoft Ignite in November is going to be a really fun week as we will roll out a number of new modern management scenarios based on our learning from this incredible scale. If you have not registered—do it today!

Thank you for your willingness to partner with us, and for your trust in us and the tools we’re building. My team and I cannot express enough how sincerely we appreciate working with you. We are honored to partner with you as you work to deploy and manage your modern workplace.

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Tellius joins Google Cloud Partner Program

Tellius has joined the Google Cloud Partner Program, meaning it is now certified to run on the Google Cloud Platform.

The partnership makes Tellius, which provides AI-powered analytics software, available on Google Cloud Platform, Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure. Additionally, Tellius worked with Google to develop integrations with Google BigQuery and Google Analytics.

Tellius provides an integrated enterprise layer that can analyze multi-terabyte data sets that are stored and transformed on BigQuery, which is Google’s scalable cloud data warehouse with built-in machine learning and an in-memory BI engine.

Tellius for Google Cloud also allows users to:

  • Use Google Cloud Platform for augmented analytics by taking advantage of the Google Compute Engine.
  • Utilize in-database processing for interactive analytics with BigQuery. Tellius gives users the capability to interactively query and visualize petabytes of data without extracting or moving data from its source.
  • Run automated machine learning- and AI-driven analysis across different data sources through Tellius’ built-in connectors to Google BigQuery, Google Analytics and other cloud and on-premises systems.
  • Choose between hybrid and multi-cloud environments. Tellius can be deployed on premises, in public clouds and in private clouds.

The Google Cloud Partner Program competes directly with Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure when it comes to providing a cloud platform to enterprises, though many companies are choosing to go a multi-cloud route.

The Google program has four types of partnerships — services partners, technology partners, SaaS partners and Google for education partners — with each tailored to specific types of organizations. Other enterprises in the Google Cloud Partner Program include Salesforce, SAP, Intel, Cisco, Deloitte, Accenture and more.

According to Tellius, joining this program will provide flexibility and scalability in addition to giving users the capability of using the Google Cloud Platform, BigQuery and other Google services.

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For Sale – SilverStone HTPC case, SST-LC13B-E in black

This is a stylish HTPC case with fold down front and loads of space for hard drives. This is a reluctant sale but it doesn’t fit in a new tv cabinet. The space inside this case is cavernous, but it does mean the case is huge so please check the dimensions carefully!

The case can house a full size ATX and micro-ATX boards, full size ATX PSU, 2 external 5.25” and 3.5” bays, and 4 internal 3.5” bays. Comes with 2 80mm fans at the rear with space for a further 80mm fan and at the front and on the side. The front panel includes 2 USB 3.0 and a IEEE1394 ports along side audio and mic connectors, all behind the front fold down cover. This case has it all and could easily house a gaming rig if required.

Now the important bit, dimensions: 430 x 171.5 x 439.6mm (W, H, D).

It will come in the original box with a bag of bolts and connectors.

Cost £60 collected from Bristol, postage will cost an additional £8.40 by My Hermes, fully insured

Price and currency: 60
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Investigating identity threats in hybrid cloud environments

As the modern workplace transforms, the identity attack surface area is growing exponentially, across on-premises and cloud, spanning a multitude of endpoints and applications. Security Operations (SecOps) teams are challenged to monitor user activities, suspicious or otherwise, across all dimensions of the identity attack surface, using multiple security solutions that often are not connected. Because identity protection is paramount for the modern workplace, investigating identity threats requires a single experience to monitor all user activities and hunt for suspicious behaviors in order to triage users quickly.

Today, Microsoft is announcing the new identity threat investigation experience, which correlates identity alerts and activities from Azure Advanced Threat Protection (Azure ATP), Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) Identity Protection, and Microsoft Cloud App Security into a single investigation experience for security analysts and hunters alike.

Modern identity attacks leverage hybrid cloud environments as a single attack surface

The identity threat investigation experience combines user identity signals from your on-premises and cloud services to close the gap between disparate signals in your environment and leverages state-of-the-art User and Entity Behavior Analytics (UEBA) capabilities to provide a risk score and rich contextual information for each user. It empowers security analysts to prioritize their investigations and reduce investigation times, ending the need to toggle between identity security solutions. This gives your SecOps teams more time and the right information to make better decisions and actively remediate identity threats and risks.

Azure ATP provides on-premises detections and activities with abnormal behavior analytics to assist in investigating the most at-risk users. Microsoft Cloud App Security detects and alerts security analysts to the potential of sensitive data exfiltration for first- and third-party cloud apps. And Azure AD Identity Protection detects unusual sign-in information, implementing conditional access on the compromised user until the issue is resolved. Combined, these services analyze the activities and alerts, using UEBA, to determine risky behaviors and provide you with an investigation priority score to streamline incident response for compromised identities.

To further simplify your SecOps workflows, we embedded the new experience into the Cloud App Security portal, regardless of whether you’re using Microsoft Cloud App Security today. While it enriches each alert with additional information, it also allows you to easily pivot from the correlated alert timeline directly into a deeper dive investigation and hunting experience.

User investigation priority

We’re adding a new dimension to the current investigation model that is based on the number of total alerts with a new user investigation priority, which is determined by all user activities and alerts that could indicate an active advanced attack or insider threat.

To calculate the user investigation priority, each abnormal event is scored based on the user’s profile history, their peers, and the organization. Additionally, the potential business and asset impact of any given user is analyzed to determine the investigation priority score.

The new concept is included on the updated user page, which provides relevant information about who the user is, the investigation priority score, how it compares across all users within the organization, and abnormal alerts and activities of the user.

In the image below, the user’s investigation priority score of 155 puts them in the top percentile within the organization, making them a top user for a security analyst to investigate.

Identity threat investigation user page.

The score is surfaced on the main dashboard to help you get an immediate idea of which users currently represent the highest risk within your organization and should be prioritized for further investigation.

Top users by investigation priority on the main dashboard.

Improved investigation and hunting experience

Beyond signal correlation and a redesigned user page, the new identity threat investigation experience also adds new and advanced investigation capabilities specifically for Azure ATP customers, regardless of whether you choose to use Azure AD Identity Protection and or Microsoft Cloud App Security.

These capabilities include the:

  • Ability for security analysts to perform threat hunting with greater context over both cloud and on-premises resources by leveraging advanced filtering capabilities and enriched alert information.
  • Visibility and management of Azure AD user risk levels with the ability to confirm compromised user status, which changes the Azure AD user risk level to High.
  • Creation of activity policies to determine governance actions and leverage built-in automation capabilities via the native integration with Microsoft Flow to more easily triage alerts.

New threat hunting experience to analyze alerts and activities.

Get started with the public preview today

If you’re one of the many enterprise customers already using Azure ATP, Microsoft Cloud App Security, and/or Azure AD Identity Protection and want to test the new identity threat investigation experience, get started by checking out our comprehensive technical documentation.

If you’re just starting your journey, begin a trial of Microsoft Threat Protection to experience the benefits of the most comprehensive, integrated, and secure threat protection solution for the modern workplace.

We would love your feedback! Find us on the Azure ATP Tech Community and send us your questions or feedback on the new experience.

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DXC enables speedier autonomous vehicle development at BMW

BMW is driving toward autonomous vehicles with help from a data analytics platform it developed and a partnership with IT services company DXC Technology.

The German-based luxury car company has collected about five million kilometers (3.1 million miles) of real-life driving data from its fleet of test vehicles through its BMW Group High Performance D3 platform, which went live in March. BMW is using DXC’s infrastructure to more rapidly collect, store and manage data from vehicle sensors, which both companies said is resulting in faster autonomous driving development cycles.

BMW is also using DXC’s infrastructure to create apps, including a simulation environment that can help develop functionality for autonomous vehicles, such as the ability to stay in a lane, change lanes, and enter or leave a highway, said Felix Klanner, senior expert on data driven development at BMW Group.

“We’re developing algorithms in two-week sprints, and every two weeks we develop a new feature, test it end to end, and we’re doing the whole environment in simulation,” Klanner said.

Collecting and analyzing autonomous vehicle data

Simulation is the first phase in BMW Group’s three-pronged approach to autonomous vehicle development. The next phase involves testing an autonomous vehicle feature in an internal “hardware-loop environment” and then with a “real feed” on the road, Klanner said. Hardware in the loop refers to control units placed inside the vehicle to collect information such as environmental perception, steering, braking and acceleration.

BMW headquarters
BMW’s corporate headquarters and museum in Munich

Data collection has been extended from BMW Group’s development environment in Munich to North America and other parts of Europe, he said.

Dirk Schürmann, vice president and managing director of Germany/North and Central Europe, at DXC TechnologyDirk Schürmann

From all the road travel data ingested into the D3 platform, “two million kilometers (1.25 million miles) of the most relevant driving data and environmental factors are then identified and extracted,” said Dirk Schürmann, vice president and managing director of Germany/North and Central Europe, at DXC.

“Using DXC’s solution, BMW is able to expand the recorded driving data by a further 240 million kilometers (150 million miles) of simulation-generated data, necessary for road approval,” he said.

Revving up the autonomous vehicle development process

DXC set up and runs the data center and develops applications to support the autonomous driving development process, according to Schürmann. “The aim is to reduce costs and the time needed until the system is ready to [go to] market.”

For this project, “We have adapted our working model and have started to [deploy] an Agile development model,” Klanner said, explaining that officials found the traditional model of development to be “too slow and not as powerful.”

The data is also being used to see how the vehicles perform during normal driving situations, such as on a highway and in daylight, as well as in challenging situations, such as when the car has to brake suddenly, he said.

Felix Klanner, senior expert on data driven development at BMW GroupFelix Klanner

Officials are carefully analyzing the real measurement data and extracting scenarios from both normal and challenging driving situations, he said. Then the data is being ported to the simulation environment with the infrastructure so it can be analyzed step by step, he said. That way, “we can really ensure all the situations which occur on real roads have been taken into account in our development process.”

The combination of the test data and the knowledge BMW officials have gained from real test drives has been important for showing them different situations that autonomous vehicles would have to handle, Klanner said.

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For Sale – HP Elitedesk 800 G3 Mini


I had this posted in just the Computer Classifieds but I think it’s better off here. Originally priced @ £360, might have overpriced it….

I have for a sale a HP Elitedesk 800 G3 Mini PC, specs are;

I5-7500 Processor
500GB Hard Drive

It has 14 months HP warranty and Windows 10 Pro (64bit)

Original power HP supply. I don’t have the original box but it will be suitably packaged and includes Royal Mail Special Delivery.

Case is in very good condition. Includes PC and power supply only. Will upload a picture tomorrow, thanks.

Price and currency: £300
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Paypal
Location: Newmarket
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