Security Posture

Validate status of Windows 10 security settings

I’ve created a Powershell-script for detecting status of different security related device features and settings related to Windows 10. The ambition with this script is to be able to check the current setting of different features in a quick way without utilizing any portals. Currently the script detects the status of:

  • Operating System (Edition, Architecture, Version, and Buildnumber)
  • TPM
  • Bitlocker
  • UEFI
  • SecureBoot
  • Defender (Antivirus, Antispyware, Realtime Protection, Tamper Protection, IOAV Protection, Network Protection, PUAProtection)
  • CloudProtectionService (MAPS for Defender)
  • DefenderATP
  • ApplicationGuard
  • Windows Sandbox
  • Credential Guard
  • Device Guard
  • Attack Surface Reduction
  • Controlled Folder Access

The script will write entries to a log file residing at the client (C:\Windows\Temp\Client-SecurityPosture.log) which preferably is read using CMTrace or OneTrace.

Install the Script
The script itself can be found at Powershell Gallery and installed using:
Install-Script -Name SecurityPosture -force  

Or you can download it manually from my Github.

Running the Script
Security Posture has support for running individual functions (switches), let’s try and check the Operating System and the status of UEFI and Secure Boot as an example:

Next thing to try is running the script querying every function in it:

The status of more functions and features will be displayed:

As I stated in the beginning of this post. the script will write entries to a log file residing at the client at C:\Windows\Temp\Client-SecurityPosture.log which preferably is read using CMTrace or OneTrace.


More detailed information can be found in the description of the script. I’m planning on upgrading it to a module in the future with more visible help related to each function. I have a project for the script listed on my Github. Feel free to comment or DM me suggestions/ideas or errors you may encounter.

Post a policy to Intune using Intune PowerShell SDK

In my last post regarding the MSGraph and the Intune PowerShell SDK I demonstrated how you installed the Intune PowerShell SDK and connected to the Graph Explorer to query information in your tenant of choice.

Today I will demonstrate how you can monitor (by the help of your web-browser) which json-values are produced when you create a Compliance Policy in Intune which you then in turn can use to create the same policy in Powershell to a tenant of your choice by the help of Intune PowerShell SDK. In my example I used Microsoft Edge as browser.

Start by logging in to your tenant of choice:
Navigate to Devices/Windows/Compliance Policies.
Press F12 to start recording Network Activity in your Microsoft Edge browser.

To see in the recording what actually gets sent to the backend when you create something in Microsoft Endpoint Manager (Intune), let’s create a policy. In my example I chose a Compliance policy for Windows 10. Choose a name and a value for Minimum OS version. I used these values:
Name: Windows10-Compliance
Minimum OS version: 10.0.18363.778

When you have created your policy, you probably noticed that many things happened in the backend (to your right in the browser) during the recording of the network activity. To filter some of the results out you can type in “Devicecompliancepolicies” in the filter-field. Browse through the different entries until you find a POST entry with the graph URL under ‘General’ which is the one we are after right now.
Request URL: https:/
Request Method: POST

As you see above, the information which got posted to the Graph is expandable.

Now, to the fun part. You can use the Intune Powershell SDK to post these values into a tenant of your choice. To do this, install (if you haven’t already), import the Microsoft.Graph.Intune module and then authenticate using Connect-MSGraph.

Install-Module -Name Microsoft.Graph.Intune -force
Import-Module -Name Microsoft.Graph.Intune -verbose
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When your UPN and your TenantID appears in Powershell, you’re successfully authenticated to the tenant and the module is now being operational.
#Windows 10 Compliance
$Windows10Compliance = New-IntuneDeviceCompliancePolicy `
-windows10CompliancePolicy `
-displayName "Windows10-Compliance" `
-osMinimumVersion 10.0.18363.778 `
-scheduledActionsForRule `
(New-DeviceComplianceScheduledActionForRuleObject `
-ruleName PasswordRequired `
-scheduledActionConfigurations `
(New-DeviceComplianceActionItemObject `
-gracePeriodHours 0 `
-actionType block `
-notificationTemplateId "" `
) `
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When you are connected to your tenant in your session, copy the code above to your current Powershell-window and run it to post a Windows 10 Compliance Policy to your tenant.

Check MFA-Status of Users (Powershell)

Finding information about MFA on a user in Azure Active Directory can be achieved in mutiple ways. Here, I will describe an easy way of finding MFA-information (registered, and by which method) by using Powershell, the cmdlet Get-Msoluser and its related property StrongAuthenticationMethods.

Install the powershell Module MSOnline:
Install-Module MSOnline
Then, connect to the service in Powershell by:

When authenticated, query all users who have MFA activated using the following code:
Get-MsolUser -All | where {$_.StrongAuthenticationMethods -ne $null} | Select-Object -Property UserPrincipalName

Now, let’s expand the property StrongAuthenticationMethods to get more information about MFA’s state, and which MFA-method the user has configured MFA with:
Get-MsolUser -All | Where {$_.UserPrincipalName} | Select UserPrincipalName, DisplayName, @{n=”Status”; e={$_.StrongAuthenticationRequirements.State}}, @{n=”Methods”; e={($_.StrongAuthenticationMethods).MethodType}}, @{n=”Chosen Method”; e={($_.StrongAuthenticationMethods).IsDefault}} | Out-GridView

Useful result when working with Microsoft 365 and MFA. As you see above, allowed methods in my tenant is PhoneAppOTP and PhoneAppNotification (Microsoft Authenticator). The chosen method for this users MFA is PhoneAppNotification. The reason why the Status-field is empty is because this user activated MFA via a Conditional Access Policy and the MFA is not enabled/Enforced via the old MFA-portal.

Install the Intune Powershell Module

The Intune Powershell Module is a great addition to the current
Device Management-portal when it comes to Intune management.
Note: An account with the role Global Administrator is required for the authentication and the consent of this module for your tenant.

1. Start Powershell as an administrator and install the Intune Powershell Module typing in the command: Install-Module -Name Microsoft.Graph.Intune
Confirm the install by clicking Yes to all.

2. Then we need to authenticate to the tenant of your choice.
Do this by typing in the command: Connect-MSGraph

3. Sign with your account, enter your credentials and then press Sign in

3. An account with the role Global administrator is required since the module needs to be delegated some rights on behalf of the organizaton. Check “Consent on behalf of your organization” and then press Accept.

5. When your UPN and your TenantID appears in Powershell, you’re successfully authenticated to the tenant and the module is now being operational.

6. To show all the commands the module has to offer, type in:
Get-Command -Module Microsoft.Graph.Intune

7. There are plenty of commands you can utilize from this module, as of right now the total count is 914.

To count all the commands which are currently included in the module, enter:
(Get-Command -Module Microsoft.Graph.Intune).count