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unused computer devices - administrator approach.

What is your general approach to end user devices (Windows Laptops) that have not logged into your private network for a significant period of time? For as long as they are offline, they are obviously falling behind on updates/AV signatures etc, and therefore I presume there becomes a period of time whereby action needs to be taken by an administrator.  
I recall when our devices were joined to on-premises AD, the admins would disable the devices after a pre-defined number of days of no login activity, in the same way they would stale accounts. Now the devices are in InTune/Endpoint Manager, I am not so sure if that system naturally manages unused devices (and how), or if there is still an onus on an administrator to take some form of remedial or preventative action – hence querying – what is your approach?

Windows OSLaptops NotebooksNetwork ManagementWindows 10

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William Fulks

8/22/2022 - Mon
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Pau Lo

Sounds like a sensible approach. I take it you aren't using InTune? I was wondering if that system may automatically handle such scenarios, e.g. auto-disable no recently 'checked in' devices.
William Fulks

I know you can set device cleanup rules in InTune to do this. Just choose what kind of interval you want to set.
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Pau Lo

Do you think there is much risk in not disabling them from a security/vulnerability management perspective. Granted, its poor practice from an asset management perspective (and could even point to lost/stolen equipment), but in your view do your update & patching systems take effect fairly quickly as soon as devices login even after a window of inactivity?
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William Fulks

The risks include missing patches and program updates, AV definitions updates, policy updates, etc. Also, if someone stole the device and were still able to get into the system using an old cached password, they could possibly use it to gain network access.