Tutorial: Proactive remediations

Proactive remediations in Endpoint analytics helps you fix common support issues before end-users notice issues. Use Proactive remediations to help increase your User experience score.

In this tutorial, you learn how to:

  • Review prerequisites for Proactive remediations
  • Deploy a built-in script package
  • Deploy a custom script package
  • Monitor the script packages

About Proactive remediations

Proactive remediations are script packages that can detect and fix common support issues on a user's device before they even realize there's a problem. These remediations can help reduce support calls. You can create your own script package, or deploy one of the script packages we've written and used in our environment for reducing support tickets.

Each script package consists of a detection script, a remediation script, and metadata. Through Intune, you can deploy these script packages and see reports on their effectiveness. We're actively developing new script packages and would like to know your experiences using them.

Prerequisites

Whether enrolling devices via Intune or Configuration Manager, Proactive remediation scripting has the following requirements:

  • Devices must be Azure AD joined or hybrid Azure AD joined and meet one of the following conditions:
    • A Windows 10 Enterprise, Professional, or Education device that is managed by Intune.
    • A co-managed device running Windows 10, version 1903 or later. Co-managed devices on preceding versions of Windows 10 will need the Client apps workload pointed to Intune (only applicable up to version 1607).

Licensing

Proactive remediations also requires the licensing for Endpoint analytics and one of the following licenses for the enrolled devices:

  • Windows 10 Enterprise E3 or E5 (included in Microsoft 365 F3, E3, or E5)
  • Windows 10 Education A3 or A5 (included in Microsoft 365 A3 or A5)
  • Windows Virtual Desktop Access E3 or E5

Permissions

  • For Proactive remediations, the user needs permissions appropriate to their role under the Device configurations category. Permissions in the Endpoint Analytics category aren't needed if the user only uses Proactive remediations.

  • An Intune Service Administrator is required to confirm licensing requirements before using proactive remediations for the first time.

Script requirements

  • Ensure the scripts are encoded in UTF-8.

  • The maximum allowed output size limit is 2048 characters.

  • If the option Enforce script signature check is enabled in the Settings page of creating a script package, the script runs using the device's PowerShell execution policy. The default execution policy for Windows client computers is Restricted. The default execution for Windows Server devices is RemoteSigned. For more information, see PowerShell execution policies.

    • Scripts built into Proactive remediations are signed and the certificate is added to the Trusted Publishers certificate store of the device.
    • When using third-party scripts that are signed, make sure the certificate is in the Trusted Publishers certificate store. As with any certificate, the certificate authority must be trusted by the device.
    • Scripts without Enforce script signature check use the Bypass execution policy.

Deploy built-in script packages

There are built-in script packages you can use to get started with Proactive remediations. The Microsoft Intune Management Extension service gets the scripts from Intune and runs them. The scripts are rerun every 24 hours by default. The following built-in script packages just need to be assigned:

  • Update stale Group Policies – Stale Group Policies can lead to helpdesk tickets related to connectivity and internal resource access.
  • Restart Office Click-to-run service – When the Click-to-run service is stopped, Office apps fail to start leading to helpdesk calls.

To assign the script package:

  1. From the Proactive remediations node, select one of the built-in script packages.
  2. Select Properties, then next the Assignments heading, select Edit.
  3. Choose the groups you want to Assign to and any Excluded groups for the script package.
  4. If you would like to change the schedule, select the ellipses and choose Edit to specify your settings then Apply to save them.
  5. When you're done, select Review + save.

Create and deploy custom script packages

The Microsoft Intune Management Extension service gets the scripts from Intune and runs them. The scripts are rerun every 24 hours. You can copy the provided scripts and deploy them, or you can create your own script packages. To deploy script packages, follow the instructions below:

Copy the provided detection and remediation scripts

  1. Copy the scripts from the PowerShell scripts article.
    • Script files whose names start with Detect are detection scripts. Remediation scripts start with Remediate.
    • For a description of the scripts, see the Script descriptions.
  2. Save each script using the provided name. The name is also in the comments at the top of each script. Ensure the saved scripts are encoded in UTF-8.
    • You can use a different script name, but it won't match the name listed in the Script descriptions.

Deploy the script packages

Proactive remediation scripts need to be encoded in UTF-8. Uploading these scripts rather than editing them directly in your browser helps ensure that the script encoding is correct so your devices can execute them.

  1. Go to the Proactive remediations node in the console.

  2. Choose the Create script package button to create a script package. Endpoint analytics Proactive remediations page. Select the create link.

  3. In the Basics step, give the script package a Name and optionally, a Description. The Publisher field can be edited, but defaults to your name. Version can't be edited.

  4. On the Settings step, upload both the Detection script file and the Remediation script file by doing the following steps:

    1. Select the folder icon.
    2. Browse to the .ps1 file.
    3. Choose the file and select Open to upload it.

    You need the corresponding detection and remediation script to be in the same package. For example, the Detect_Expired_User_Certificates.ps1 detection script corresponds with the Remediate_Expired_User_Certificates.ps1 remediation script. Endpoint analytics Proactive remediations script settings page.

  5. Finish the options on the Settings page with the following recommended configurations:

    • Run this script using the logged-on credentials: This setting is dependent on the script. For more information, see the Script descriptions.
    • Enforce script signature check: No
    • Run script in 64-bit PowerShell: No

    For information about enforcing script signature checks, see Script requirements.

  6. Click Next then assign any Scope tags you need.

  7. In the Assignments step, select the device groups to which you want to deploy the script package.

  8. Complete the Review + Create step for your deployment.

Monitor your script packages

  1. Under Reporting > Endpoint analytics - Proactive remediations, you can see an overview of your detection and remediation status. Endpoint analytics Proactive remediations report, overview page.
  2. Select Device status to get status details for each device in your deployment. Endpoint analytics Proactive remediations device status.

Next steps