Mar 18 2022 03:09 AM
Mar 18 2022 03:09 AM
Our organization is digging deeper into Intune and one thing that confuses us are the multiple places where you can configure the same thing and how that leads to conflicts, e.g. Folder Protection.
Folder Protection can be enabled through a configuration profile under Devices > Configuration profiles > Create profile > Endpoint Protection:
The same thing can be accomplished by using "Endpoint Security> Attack Surface Reduction":
Which of both approaches should be used? Why do conflicts appear when one option is set to Audit Only and Option is set to Enable - should the more the secure option be considered?
Mar 18 2022 04:59 PM - edited Mar 21 2022 04:48 PM
A conflict arises when more than 1 policy is available and applicable of the same setting. Intune is just a delivery service. It doesn't decide which setting is best and enforce on its own. With that said, if your sole purpose is to target the security settings, then use endpoint security profiles as they are tailored specifically keeping device security in mind. For everything else, you can use device configuration profiles.
Mar 21 2022 07:12 AM
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Mar 24 2022 08:37 AM
Mar 25 2022 08:31 AM
@KirilThat's completely correct.
I'll make it even more precise for you... there's a specific order to this madness and it all comes down to Settings Catalogs. You see, almost everything under Endpoint Security (including baselines) boils down to a Settings Catalog template with a fancy GUI. It looks like this is where Intune is moving, as more and more stuff gets added in this form.
Microsoft actually has an order of preference for you configurations:
This opens up a whole new can of worms when it comes to conflict resolution. All these things can cause conflicts with each other and to make things worse Settings Catalogs (or derivatives) tend to use different names for settings than other configuration profiles.
Luckily though, MEM is getting better and better at telling you when and where a conflict arises.
For more information about Settings Catalogs and the options they give you:
Mar 25 2022 08:42 AM