This article is designed to take you through the process of implementing the Intune Block Microsoft Accounts Policy. We’ll make use of Intune’s Settings Catalog to enforce this policy, emphasizing a practical, hands-on approach to make you understand the Block Microsoft Accounts Policy in action with Intune.
Block Microsoft Accounts Policy configuration restricts users from adding new Microsoft accounts to this computer. Choosing the “Users can’t add Microsoft accounts” option prevents users from creating new Microsoft accounts, converting a local account to a Microsoft account, or linking a domain account to a Microsoft account.
This option is recommended if you wish to control the usage of Microsoft accounts within your enterprise. Opting for the “Users can’t add or log on with Microsoft accounts” choice denies existing Microsoft account users the ability to log on to Windows.
However, be cautious, as this selection may prevent an existing administrator on this computer from logging in and managing the system. If you disable or leave this policy unconfigured (recommended), users can use Microsoft accounts with Windows.
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Block Microsoft Accounts Policy Utilizing Intune
To implement Block Microsoft Accounts Policy Utilizing Intune, follow the steps stated below:
- Sign in to the Intune Admin Center portal https://intune.microsoft.com/.
- Select Devices > Windows > Configuration profiles > Create a profile.
In Create Profile, I select Windows 10 and later in Platform, and select Profile Type as Settings catalog. Click on the Create button.
|Windows 10 and later
On the Basics tab pane, I provide a name for the policy as “Block Microsoft Accounts Policy.”
- Optionally, if you want, you can enter a policy description and proceed by selecting “Next“.
Now in Configuration Settings,
- Click Add Settings to browse or search the catalog for the settings I want to configure.
- In the Settings Picker windows
- I searched for the keyword Microsoft Accounts
- I found the category Local Policies Security Options and selected this
When I select that option as stated above, I see the sub-category Accounts Block Microsoft Accounts. After selecting that, click the cross mark at the right-hand corner, as shown below.
Here i choose Enabled (Users can’t add Microsoft accounts) for Accounts Block Microsoft Accounts in Local Policies Security Options among the three options as shown below in the image.
Using Scope tags, you can assign a tag to filter the profile to specific IT groups. One can add scope tags (if required). More details on Intune Scope Tags Implementation Guide.
- Click Next to continue.
Now in Assignments, in Included Groups, you need to click on Add Groups, choose Select Groups to include one or more groups.
- Click Next to continue.
In the Review + Create tab, I review settings. After clicking on Create, changes are saved, and the profile is assigned.
After successfully creating the “Block Microsoft Accounts Policy,” a notification will appear in the top right-hand corner confirming the action. You can also verify the policy’s existence by navigating to the Configuration Profiles list, where it will be prominently displayed.
Your groups will receive your profile settings when the devices check in with the Intune service. The Policy applies to the device.
Intune Report for Blocking Microsoft Accounts Policy
To track the assignment of the policy, you need to select the relevant policy from the Configuration Profiles list. Then, you can review the device and user check-in status to determine whether the policy has been successfully applied.
- If you require more detailed information, you can click on “View Report” to access additional insights.
Intune MDM Event Log related to Block Microsoft Accounts Policy
To verify the successful implementation of String or integer policies for Blocking Microsoft Accounts Policy on Windows 10 or 11 devices through Intune, you can leverage event IDs 813 and 814.
These event IDs provide valuable insights into the application status of the Blocking Microsoft Accounts Policy as well as the specific value assigned to the policy on those devices. In the case of this particular policy, the value is an Integer and is linked to the event ID 813.
By analyzing these event IDs, you can gain a clear understanding of the policy’s application status and the corresponding value associated with it on the devices in question.
To confirm this, you can check the Event log path – Applications and Services Logs – Microsoft – Windows – Devicemanagement-Enterprise-Diagnostics-Provider – Admin.
MDM PolicyManager: Set policy string, Policy: (