MEM device filters finally came out of preview to General Availability (GA) and lets see why we need to use device filters.
What Device Filters Does?
This helps the Endpoint Manager policies to apply in a more targeted manner. This feature is similar to the setting up targeted GPO assignments or probably GPO loopback processing. This eliminates having to create many groups to manage policies when required.
Device Filters has 2 types – Inclusions and Exclusions
Inclusions ✅- Apply the policy to all the devices in the inclusion filter, but not to others
Exclusions ❌ – Apply the policy to all the devices excluding the devices in the filter
An example related to User Group and Device Filters
If you have a MEM policy that needs to be assigned to the users, that means when the user logs on to a AAD or Hybrid AAD joined device, the policy will be in play. But you may have a group of trusted devices that you don’t want the MEM policy to be applied then the user logs in. You can simply use an exclude filter to achieve that
How to create a Filter?
- Go to https://endpoint.microsoft.com/
- Tenant Administration > Filters
- Click Create
- Provide the details and press Next
- Press the Preview Devices to see the captured devices under this policy
- Press Next and Create to finalise the Filter creation
How to apply a device filter?
- Create the Microsoft Endpoint Manager policy as usual – Let’s create a test policy
- https://endpoint.microsoft.com/ > Devices > Configueration Profiles > Create Profile
Make sure you complete the policy with the necessary config and press Next to Assignments
Select your devices group
Click on Edit Filter
Select the setting whether the devices should be Included ✅ or Excluded ❌ from the policy (In this section I have selected the inclusion)
Select the Filter from the previously created Filters list and press Select
Now you can see the see the Assignment have changed as below for the Filter Mode
This is a great modern feature to target the devices you need without creating more groups that eventually can go out of hand and unable to manage.
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