Category Archives: Azure

Retrieving a headless silent token for using Powershell

A lot of the things we can click on in the Azure Portal cannot be done through Powershell Cmdlets published by Microsoft.

However, using Fiddler, we can see that there is a ‘hidden’ API we can use, for example, to set permissions. I’ve written a ‘clean’ function to retrieve this token silently that you can use in your scripts, it is not compatible with MFA.

Please be careful using this for production workflows as this is NOT supported by Microsoft.

Getting remoteapps through vm custom extension on Azure session brokers

So I wanted to retrieve the remoteapps present on VM’s in a uniform way, without logging in to either VM’s or database.

Using a custom extension, I tried to execute the Get-RDRemoteApp command and got the following:

Get-RDRemoteApp : A Remote Desktop Services deployment does not exist on server. This operation can be perfor
med after creating a deployment. For information about creating a deployment

Apparently, all the powershell commands for RDS require that you DON’T run them under SYSTEM. Of course VMExtensions run under SYSTEM. So, to get all remoteapps in a RDS deployment, execute the following Powershell script as VMExtension on a connection broker VM:


$farms = get-childitem "HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Terminal Server\CentralPublishedResources\PublishedFarms"
foreach($farm in $farms){
    (get-childItem "HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Terminal Server\CentralPublishedResources\PublishedFarms\$($farm.PSChildName)\Applications").PSChildName

To register this Powershell script as a VM extension and retrieve the results

  1. Save the above PS code to a file
  2. Upload the file somewhere (e.g. public blob storage)
  3. Get the URL of the File
  4. Use Login-AzureRMAccount
  5. Execute Set-AzureRmVMCustomScriptExtension -FileUri URL TO SCRIPT -Run FILENAME OF SCRIPT -VMName VMNAME -Name “RetrieveRemoteApps” -ResourceGroupName RESOURCEGROUP NAME -location “westeurope” -ForceRerun $(New-Guid).Guid
  6. To retrieve the list (after execution): [regex]::Replace(((Get-AzureRmVMDiagnosticsExtension -ResourceGroupName RESOURCEGROUP NAME -VMName VM NAME -Name “RetrieveRemoteApps” -Status).SubStatuses[0].Message), “\\n”, “`n”)

Running an Azure runbook on a System hybrid worker

Azure Runbooks are usually run in the cloud (on an automatically assigned ‘Microsoft’ host) or on a Hybrid Worker Group.

Hybrid Worker Groups consist of 1 or more machines, but there are also ‘System hybrid workers’, which are machines monitored by OMS. If you want to execute a Powershell script directly on a specific System hybrid worker, or on a specific group member of a worker group, you can use Powershell and specify the host instead of the group:

Start-AzureRmAutomationRunbook -Name “RunbookName” -RunOn hybridWorkerName -AutomationAccountName “automationaccount” -ResourceGroupName “resourcegroup”

If you try this on a System Hybrid Worker, you’ll get an error on the device itself and in the runbook results:

“Invalid Runbook xxx Authenticode signature status – NotSigned”.

This can be ‘fixed’ by setting the following registry key to ‘False’:


Et voila, the runbook runs nicely. I do not recommend disabling this key in production, this article is purely to share knowledge, and if someone knows how to do this without disabling this key, I’d love to hear it!

Remove-StaleIntuneDevices using a scheduled Azure Runbook

I recently came upon a really cool post by Josh and Sarah that explains how to clean up stale devices in Intune using the Graph API.

As I want to run this from an Azure runbook, silently, I had to modify it a little so it automatically consents to azure app permissions and logs in silently. If you’d like to use it, feel free to add it from the Azure gallery (search for Lieben) or download it yourself.

Make sure you’ve also imported the AzureAD and AzureRM modules into your automation account, and configured a credential object for the script to use.

GitLab: Remove-StaleIntuneDevicesForAzureAutomation.ps1

Technet: Remove-Stale-Intune-4b07488a

How to grant OAuth2 permissions to an Azure AD Application using PowerShell unattended / silently

You may know this button:There is no native Powershell command to grant OAuth permissions to an Azure AD Application, so I wrote a function for that. Note that this is NOT a supported way to grant permissions to an application because it does not follow the proper admin consent flow that applications normally use.

The great advantage of my method is that it can be used to grant permissions silently, AND to ‘hidden’ and/or multi-tenant applications that companies like Microsoft use for backend stuff like the Intune API. (e.g. the ‘Microsoft Intune Powershell’ multi-tenant application).

The function requires AzureAD and AzureRM modules installed!

Function Grant-OAuth2PermissionsToApp{
[Parameter(Mandatory=$true)]$Username, #global administrator username
[Parameter(Mandatory=$true)]$Password, #global administrator password
[Parameter(Mandatory=$true)]$azureAppId #application ID of the azure application you wish to admin-consent to

Function Grant-OAuth2PermissionsToApp{
        [Parameter(Mandatory=$true)]$Username, #global administrator username
        [Parameter(Mandatory=$true)]$Password, #global administrator password
        [Parameter(Mandatory=$true)]$azureAppId #application ID of the azure application you wish to admin-consent to

    $secpasswd = ConvertTo-SecureString $Password -AsPlainText -Force
    $mycreds = New-Object System.Management.Automation.PSCredential ($Username, $secpasswd)
    $res = login-azurermaccount -Credential $mycreds
    $context = Get-AzureRmContext
    $tenantId = $context.Tenant.Id
    $refreshToken = @($context.TokenCache.ReadItems() | Where-Object {$_.tenantId -eq $tenantId -and $_.ExpiresOn -gt (Get-Date)})[0].RefreshToken
    $body = "grant_type=refresh_token&refresh_token=$($refreshToken)&resource=74658136-14ec-4630-ad9b-26e160ff0fc6"
    $apiToken = Invoke-RestMethod "$tenantId/oauth2/token" -Method POST -Body $body -ContentType 'application/x-www-form-urlencoded'
    $header = @{
    'Authorization' = 'Bearer ' + $apiToken.access_token
    'X-Requested-With'= 'XMLHttpRequest'
    'x-ms-client-request-id'= [guid]::NewGuid()
    'x-ms-correlation-id' = [guid]::NewGuid()}
    $url = "$azureAppId/Consent?onBehalfOfAll=true"
    Invoke-RestMethod –Uri $url –Headers $header –Method POST -ErrorAction Stop

GITLAB: Grant-OAuth2PermissionsToApp.ps1