Let’s learn how to set up automatic Intune Device Cleanup Rules to delete stale records. Stale records could create issues with Intune reporting, compliance reports, etc.
In this quick blog post, you will learn more details about how to set up Automatic Intune device cleanup rules. This cleanup task is similar to SCCM maintenance tasks.
Intune device clean-up rule to delete stale records helps Intune admins to choose between 30 and 270 days to remove the inactive device records from Intune automatically. I would recommend keeping these numbers as per your organization’s requirements.
Microsoft confirmed that you don’t need to worry about the device whose employees are on long leave such as medical, subatical, etc. Because even though the device is deleted from Intune portal, the backend will keep the devices until the device certificate expires.
However, you don’t have the same (like SCCM) control on Intune maintenance tasks. It’s not mandatory to set the cleanup rules within your Intune tenant because of the default behavior explained below.
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Intune Maintenance Activities
There are different types of maintenance activities in Intune. The infra side of maintenance activities is not visible to customers. Automatic Intune Device Cleanup Rules is Intune Maintenance Activity to clean up stale device records from Intune device management solution.
- Manual maintenance activities such as cleaning old/legacy apps, policies, Wi-Fi, VPN profiles, etc.
Automatic Intune Device Cleanup Rules Delete Stale Devices
These Device Cleanup rules are available to automatically remove devices that haven’t checked in for several days you set. Go to the Intune pane, choose Devices, and select Device cleanup rules to see a new law.
When setting this Intune Device Cleanup Rule to Yes, Intune deletes devices based on the custom number of days you specify.
- Delete Devices based on last check-in Date – YES.
- Delete Devices that haven’t checked in for this many days – 90 Days (Checkout NOTE 1 for more details)
- Click on the SAVE button to apply the rule (Checkout NOTE 2 for more information)
NOTE 1 – You can have custom days value between 90 to 270. Set your Intune device cleanup rules to delete Intune MDM enrolled devices that appear inactive, stale, or unresponsive. Intune applies cleanup rules immediately and continuously so that your device records remain current.
NOTE 2 – Once you click the Save button, all devices that have been inactive for the specified number of days will immediately be deleted from Intune. Intune will continue to delete devices as they exceed the number of set days. Reports with data about the removed devices may take up to 48 hours to refresh.
When you set Delete Devices based on the last check-in Date to No, Intune automatically deletes all devices that haven’t checked in to Intune for more than 270 days.
After you click Save, all devices that have been inactive for the specified number of days will immediately be deleted from Intune. Intune will continue to delete devices as they exceed the number of set days. Reports with data about the deleted devices may take up to 48 hours to refresh.
Intune Device Cleanup Rules Behavior
Set your Intune device cleanup rules to delete Intune MDM Enrolled and Co-Managed SCCM devices that appear as any of the following conditions, then Intune applies cleanup rules immediately.
NOTE 1 – Intune will also make sure the device is relevant by performing this cleanup task continuously so that your device records remain current.
NOTE 2 – This deletion action won’t remove or delete or clean up the device from Azure Active Directory. More details are in the Resources section.
How to Find Out Affected Devices
Intune provides an option to find out and export the affected devices with the Device Cleanup rules you just implemented above.
Once you click the Save button on Device Cleanup Rules, all devices that have been inactive for the specified number of days (90 Days in the above example) will immediately be deleted from Intune.
NOTE! To ensure that you are deleting the correct devices, I recommend clicking on the “View Affected Devices” link and confirming whether you want to remove those devices.
These are the devices that haven’t checked in for 90 Days.
Do we have the option to delete only Windows Devices?
We don’t have the option to delete only Windows Devices at this point in time. This clean-up rule in Intune is for all the stale records from Intune Devices node.
Intune Device Certificate Validity Dependency?
Dependencies on Reappearance of devices into Intune console. Microsoft Intune MDM Device CA certificate is valid for 1 year.
The threshold for devices to show up in the Intune portal is 180 days provided the Intune device certificate is not expired. if you have configured Delete devices that haven’t checked in for this many days as 90 days.
- How to use Intune Cleanup Rules
- Rules for Removing Intune Devices
- Delete Device from Azure Active Directory
4 thoughts on “Automatic Intune Device Cleanup Rules Delete Stale Devices”
One of the Microsoft articles says if device checks in before 180 days, it can be auto recovered. Is it 180 days or 365 days. As we have MDM certificate valid for 1 year?
Reference – techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/device-management-in-microsoft/using-intune-device-cleanup-rules-amp-160/ba-p/377272
Isn’t that an old article from 2019? And this is not the official documentation ..isn’t it?
Thank you for sharing a Nice blog about remove stale devices from Intune. Can you please share me the blog which you have created for Autopilot troubleshooting & Monitoring.
Hi Narayanan, Here you can explore the Troubleshooting post for Windows Autopilot :: https://www.anoopcnair.com/windows-autopilot-troubleshooting-guide/