Microsoft has just released update 1604 for Configuration Manager Technical Preview.
The update includes the following new features:
- Windows Store for Business integration – You can now manage and deploy applications purchased through the Windows Store for Business portal for both online and offline licensed apps.
- Passport for Work policies – You can now deploy Passport for Work policies to domain-joined Windows 10 PCs managed by the ConfigMgr client as well as mobile devices managed by Microsoft Intune.
- On-premises Health Attestation Service integration – You can now configure devices that cannot connect to the cloud-based Health Attestation Service to connect with the on-premises Health Attestation Service instead.
- VPN for Windows 10 – You can now deploy VPN profiles with 3rd-party providers to Windows 10 devices managed with ConfigMgr client.
- Software Updates Compliance dashboard – You can now use this dashboard to view the current compliance status of devices in your organization and quickly analyze the data to see which devices are at risk.
And an additional feature for hybrid setups:
- New setting for Android devices – You now have an option to configure Smart Lock setting for Android 5.X devices in order to prevent users from bypassing the lock screen.
On the Technet evaluation center the baseline version for new installations has also been updated. The Technical Preview 5 available for download is actually based on build 1603.
More details on the release can be found on the Configuration Manager Team Blog.
For details on the upgrading experience please have a look at my previous blog post.
Quick sidenote: As I just upgraded a first lab environment with the 1604 TP build it seems the updates and servicing node gets cleaned up also. Previous builds (installed or not) are no longer listed after the upgrade.
Have fun in your labs!
Microsoft has released Configuration Manager Technical Preview 1601. This release includes the following new capabilities and improvements:
- Improvements to Microsoft Intune integration and conditional access.
- Client Online Status. This allows to see from the console whether a (Windows) client is online or not.
- Improvements to application management: manage volume-purchased apps for iOS devices and iOS app configuration support.
- Improvements to compliance settings: Edge browser settings, compliance settings for Windows 10 team and Kiosk Mode for Samsung KNOX Hybrid.
More details on this release are documented here.
If your service connection point is setup in online mode this new release will show up in the Updates and Servicing node in the Configuration Manager console.
The actual content is downloaded in the EasySetupPayLoad folder.
For more information on the actual upgrading experience please have a look at my previous blogpost.
Until next time!
Today Microsoft has released System Center Configuration Manager and Endpoint Protection Technical Preview 3.
As listed on the Configuration Manager Team Blog this release includes the following new features:
- Deployment of required applications to Windows 10 devices managed via on-premises mobile device management (MDM).
- Cluster-aware settings.
- High availability support with SQL Server 2014 AlwaysOn.
- Ability to run software update cleanup tasks
All features available in previous Technical Preview releases are also included in this release.
Until next time!
One of the announcements at the Ignite Conference earlier this week was the availability of the System Center Configuration Manager vNext –or should I say 2016- Technical Preview. This blog post shares the basic steps and experience of installing this Technical Preview in my lab environment.
Preparations & Prerequisites
A few steps I walked through before doing the actual installation
- First things first: get the installation binaries here.
- Second: read the required info to get you started here. There are some requirements (mainly the same as for ConfigMgr 2012) and limitations to take into account.
- Prepare the backend SQL database. I used SQL 2014. You will need the following features: Database Engine Services, Reporting Services Native and the Management Tools.
- Download the ConfigMgr Prereqs using SetupDL.exe from the installation media. The download is approximately 674Mb. Content looks identical to ConfigMgr 2012 R2 but a bit larger in size (last time I checked it was 655Mb for 2012 R2).
- Optionally extend the AD Schema.
- Install all other requirements, features and roles. As the guidelines in the preview documentation pointed towards 2012 I just used my automation scripts I had available for ConfigMgr 2012.
The installation procedure
Now on to the actual installation. In this lab environment I will install the site server, database and all roles on a single virtual server.
Launch the splash.hta from the installation sources.
The technical preview only allows installation of a standalone Primary Site. We will opt not to go for the typical installation.
Accept the license terms and click Next.
Accept more license terms and click Next again.
Select the option to use previously downloaded files and provide the path to the files. Click Next.
The downloaded prerequisite components are verified.
Provide a site code and site name. Leave the default installation folder and the option to install the console locally on the site server.
As we run the SQL backend on the same server we can leave the default options and click Next. Tip: make sure to check that the installation account has the required permission.
Leave the default options. Click Next.
Leave the default options. Click Next.
Select the option to configure the communication method on each site system role. Click Next.
Here we opted to uncheck both boxes and install the Management Point and Distribution Point later on.
This is a lab so yes we will join the CEIP. Click Next.
Review the settings summary and click Next.
A prerequisite checker is launched. Resolve any blocking items and click Begin Install.
Note: I commonly grant permissions for the site server to publish to AD through group membership. The prerequisite checker could not verify this in the past. It seems also in this new version this is still the case.
15 Minutes later the core setup is completed.
More detailed information on what is happening behind the scenes can be found in the ConfigMgrSetup log files located in the root of the system drive.
Once the basic installation was completed I added the Management Point and Distribution Point roles. The procedure for doing this is also identical to the one in Configuration Manager 2012.
To wrap up a quick look in the console at the build numbers of the Technical Preview.
For those familiar with installing the previous versions of Configuration Manager the setup experience is still pretty much the same.
That is all for now. Make sure to watch this blog for more content on vNext as I explore it further in my lab environment during the upcoming days and weeks!