This article explains how to adjust the time zone using Intune, a feature that can be beneficial for managing Windows devices distributed across multiple countries. Intune’s role is to ensure all your devices are in sync and adhering to the appropriate local time.

When using Autopilot for Windows deployment, the devices may not always adopt the right time zone. This problem can be solved by setting a universal time zone for all devices via Microsoft Intune. This feature is especially convenient when devices are in use across different countries. You can categorize your devices into Azure AD dynamic security groups based on the country of usage, and then direct these security groups to adjust the time zone information.

To extract time zone information from Windows devices, multiple methods are available, such as the Windows time zone utility (tzutil.exe), PowerShell Method (Get-timezone cmdlet), referring to Microsoft documentation (TimeZones), or manually checking from System Settings.

To manually identify the time zone ID on a device, you can launch PowerShell and run the command Get-Timezone, which gives you details like ID, Display Name, Standard Name, DaylightName, BaseUtcOffset, and whether it SupportsDaylightSavingTime. To list all available time zones, you can run the command tzutil /l.

To adjust the time zone using Intune, you can follow these steps:

  1. Sign into the Microsoft Intune admin center.
  2. Go to Devices > Windows > Configuration Profiles.
  3. On the Configuration Profiles page, select Create Profile.
  4. Choose Platform as Windows 10 and later and the profile type as Settings Catalog.
  5. On the Basics tab, specify the name of the profile and a brief description.
  6. In the Configuration Settings section, under Settings Catalog, select Add Settings.
  7. On the Settings picker page, search for “configure time zone” and select “Time Language Settings”.
  8. Set the time zone you want to apply to your devices, ensuring you enter the correct time zone ID.
  9. Specify scope tags, choose the groups to apply the policy to, and review all settings before clicking Create.

Once the configuration policy has been created in Intune, the policy is applied to the selected groups. You can make changes by editing the configuration profile or duplicate the profile for different time zone settings.

The policy will take effect once the devices have checked in with the Intune service. You can monitor the status of the policy application in the Configuration Profiles section.

The end-user experience consists of manually verifying the time zone on devices once the Intune policy settings have been applied. The updated time zone is reflected after assigning the policy, confirming the successful implementation of the new time zone.

Prajwal Desai