Create Intune Settings Catalog Policy

In this post, you can learn to create a policy with Intune Settings Catalog. The 2101 Service Release of Microsoft Intune added a new feature settings catalog to make it easier for MEM Admins to customize, set, and manage device and user policy settings. Settings catalog adds functionality for managing and deploying policies, making it easier to find specific settings and simplify the multiple places where settings are exposed.

This feature is in public previewMicrosoft fully supports public preview features for Microsoft Endpoint Manager. This helps the product team continuously work to provide them your valuable feedback about the new feature in the preview before the Microsoft product team finalizes the features.

When you create the policy, it creates a device configuration profile. You can then assign or deploy this profile to devices in your organization. If you are looking to turn off Windows 10 News and Interests on the Taskbar using MEM Intune, You can check out the post on managing settings with Settings Catalog.

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What is Settings Catalog in Intune?

The settings catalog lists all the settings you can configure and all in one place. This feature simplifies how you create a policy, and how you see all the available settings. More settings are continually being added.

There are a lot of improvements that Microsoft made with Intune settings catalog policies. The settings catalog policies are here to avoid any kind of parity issue between Intune and Windows 10 CSP policy support. In the past, there was a big parity issue between Windows MDM supported vs Intune supported CSP policies.

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Most of the Intune admins were using custom policies to catch up with this parity issue between Intune Vs Windows MDM parity issue. This was kind of giving organizations a lot of overhead in terms of managing policies.

Settings Catalog - Policy creation workflow | Credit - Microsoft
Settings Catalog – Policy creation workflow | Credit – Microsoft

Supported Platforms

This feature is supported for the following systems –

  • macOS to configure and deploy Microsoft Edge version 77 and newer settings
  • Windows 10 and newer

How to Configure Settings Catalog profile?

Let’s check the steps to create a policy and shows how to search and filter the settings in Intune.

Create Policy using Intune Settings Catalog | Endpoint Manager
Create Policy using Intune Settings Catalog | Endpoint Manager

In Create Profile, You can select Platform: Select macOS or Windows 10 and later and Profile: Select Settings catalog (preview). Click on Create button. For Example – we have selected the platform Windows 10 and later.

Create Policy using Intune Settings Catalog | Endpoint Manager
Create Policy using Intune Settings Catalog | Endpoint Manager

In Basics, Specify a descriptive name for the profile, a description (optional), then select Next.

Create Policy using Intune Settings Catalog | Endpoint Manager
Create Policy using Intune Settings Catalog | Endpoint Manager

In Configuration settings, select Add settings.

Create Policy using Intune Settings Catalog | Endpoint Manager
Create Policy using Intune Settings Catalog | Endpoint Manager

In the settings picker, select a category to see all the available settings. You can browse by category or scroll through the list with available settings to find the settings.

Note – The Settings Picker will allow you to search or browse to select any settings available in the settings catalog for configuration in your policy. 

Create Policy using Intune Settings Catalog | Endpoint Manager
Create Policy using Intune Settings Catalog | Endpoint Manager

Use Search to find specific settings

There are thousands of settings available in the settings catalog. To make it easier to find specific settings, use the built-in features.

In your policy, use Add settings > Search to find specific settings. You can search by category or a keyword, such as Lock Screen.

Create Policy using Intune Settings Catalog | Endpoint Manager
Create Policy using Intune Settings Catalog | Endpoint Manager

Filtering Policy Settings

The new settings catalog filter allows Intune admin to use filter settings to narrow down the search based on the Operating system edition.

In your policy, use Add settings > Add filter. Next, select the key, operator, and value. In value, you can filter Windows 10 OS editions. This means you can set the filter for Windows Enterprise and see all settings applicable to Windows devices running that edition of Windows 10.

Create Policy using Intune Settings Catalog | Endpoint Manager
Create Policy using Intune Settings Catalog | Endpoint Manager

Select any settings you want to configure. Or, choose Select all these settings. For example, selected Power to see all the settings in this category. After you add your settings, close the settings picker

Create Policy using Intune Settings Catalog | Endpoint Manager
Create Policy using Intune Settings Catalog | Endpoint Manager

All the settings are shown and configured with a default value. If you don’t want to configure a setting, then select the minus.

When you click on the information icon located on every setting, It will display tooltip text and values-based directly to help you understand exactly what each setting will do when configured.

In the settings catalog, any setting not in your policy will be considered not configured. Removing a setting from an existing settings catalog policy will not only remove that setting from the policy, but also remove the previously set enforcement from assigned devices on the next device check-in. 

Settings Catalog in Intune | Endpoint Manager
Settings Catalog in Intune | Endpoint Manager
  • In Assignments, select the users or groups that will receive your profile. Select Next to continue.
  • In Scope tags, you can assign a tag to filter the profile to specific IT groups. Add scope tags (if required) and, click Next.
  • In Review + create, review your settings. When you select Create, your changes are saved, and the profile is assigned. The policy is also shown in the profiles list.
  • The next time the device checks for configuration updates, the settings you configured are applied.

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