In recent times I have had to rebuild a number of my Windows 10 devices and reinstall my favourite scripts, applications and tweaks. Which got me thinking there must be a better way of rebuilding my devices, so heres my approach.
Azure Blob Storage
After transitioning from a very UC focused role I have been learning an appreciation for the whole M365 stack and how Microsoft Azure can work hand in hand with potential problems or scenarios. Microsoft have done a very good job in providing a platform to enable businesses and organisations to leverage their subscriptions in more power ways, so with that being said lots looks at Azure Blob Storage.
First of all we need to log into the Azure Portal as this is where all the required work will now take place. Once logged in you will need to search for Storage account as this is where all files will need stored. In my case, I have already created a Storage Account but you can complete this by using the Add button.
As you have now created the Storage Account, you will need to go to Containers as shown below.
Again in my case I already have a container called intuneblogaboutcloud but you can create your container by clicking + Container
We can now upload all required PowerShell scripts, installers, images etc.. depending on what you are attending to achieve. In my container, I have created folders to structure the data.
One of the key things to understand with each file uploaded it has a unique URL, please keep this in mind as later in this post I will be demostrating how I use this URL to deliver customizations to my Windows 10 devices.
So Microsoft Endpoint Manager has the ability to deliver PowerShell scripts to any and all Windows 10 enrolled devices. As I was getting annoyed in having to reinstall PowerShell customizations and tweaks I like to perform on my client machines. I created several scripts that do the hard work for me.
Now we will need to connect to Microsoft Endpoint Manager portal. Once logged in browse to Devices –> PowerShell Scripts.
As you can see from the above I am curently delivering 3 scripts to my Windows 10 endpoints so lets look at them a bit closer.
Microsoft Teams – Custom Backgrounds
Please refer to my dedicated post about publishing custom backgrounds for Microsoft Teams.
PowerShell – Common Modules
In my line of work, I use a number of PowerShell modules to help me achieve the required outcomes to complete a project or ad-hoc work for customers.
The below script installs the following PowerShell modules
- Registers Nuget
- Set PSGallery as a trusted reposity
- Install ORCA Module
- Install Az Module
- Install CloudConnector Module
- Install Microsoft Graph Intune Module
- Install ImportExcel Module
- Install Microsoft Teams Module
- Install MSOnline Module
- Install SharePoint Online Module
One of the unique features of this script is to check for updated versions of the module from the PSGallery. However, this feature isn’t effective using MEM for delivery unless a modified script is upload to the MEM.
PowerShell – Custom PowerShell Tweaks
While working on a customer engagement there was a requirement to deliver customization to Windows 10 endpoint and to be able to achieve this via a “Cloud First Approach”.
The below script has designed to action the following;
- Create a local directory to download all files from Azure Blob Storage (C:\_build)
- Download all specified files from Azure Blob Storage
- Run all applications or scripts
- Remove C:\_build folder directory
- Run any necessary PowerShell commands to configure applications.
As mentioned in the Azure Blob Storage section the unique URL will have an important part to play. As you can see from the image below, I have highlighted 3 sections
- 1 – The unique URL with its our unique variable name $chromeinstaller
- 2 – The download command
- 3 – The installer command
Even with limited PowerShell experience, you will be able to understand how this script works and customize to your needs. Whether its an .msi, .exe, .ps1 you just modify the script to your needs.
Finally, delivering applications to Windows 10 using the native W32 App method. Microsoft have already made it easier with Microsoft Apps for Enterprise aka Office ProPlus but as you can see I have leverage MEM to install a number of MSI files that I like on my machines. I will not going into detail on this section as its quite straight forward.
So there you have it, customizing my Windows 10 devices with my tweaks, modules and applications via Microsoft Endpoint Manager + Azure Blob Storage and PowerShell.
The Author – Blogabout.Cloud