Most of you know that Update 1702 for System Center Configuration Manager current branch is released. This update brings in lot of new features and improvements. In this post we will see configuration manager update 1702 awesome features. I call it awesome features because these are the features most of us were waiting to see. Most of the features come from Technical Preview 1702 for System Center Configuration Manager. If you are running SCCM version 1606 or 1610, it’s time to check for updates in updates and servicing node. The configuration manager update 1702 should be available to install.
Most of all before you install the update 1702, it is important to understand that version 1702 drops support for few products. The products include SQL Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows XP Embedded. So if you are planning to install update 1702, ensure you are not using any of those operating systems. Having said that let’s look at what update 1702 brings with it.
Configuration Manager Update 1702 Awesome Features
So here are some of awesome features of Configuration Manager update 1702.
1Send Feedback directly from the Configuration Manager console
The feedback option is available at the top ribbon of configuration manager console. The option is also present when you right click any of the item / option. When you hit Feedback, a browser opens and redirects to configmgr user voice feedback site.
2Updates and Servicing Node Location changed
When you install SCCM update 1702 and update the console, you will notice that Updates and Servicing node location has been changed. The Updates and Servicing node now appears under Administration > Overview. Previously it was a child node below Cloud Services.
3New Tool – Content Library Cleanup Tool
A new tool called content library cleanup tool is introduced with configuration manager update 1702. This tool deletes orphaned content from distribution point and keeps it tidy. To know more about this tool and how it works, here is a post on exploring Content Library Cleanup Tool.
4New Role – Data Warehouse service point
To store and report on long-term historical data for your ConfigMgr deployment, Data warehouse service point is introduced. It is a pre-release feature and is located under Features node. To enable or turn on pre-release features, check this post.
5Stand-alone media start and expiration dates
You can now set optional start and expiration dates when you create standalone media. However these settings are disabled by default. While the system time is earlier than the start time or later than the expiration time, the stand-alone media is not started. Therefore you can choose the media to be valid by specifying start and end dates.
6Hardware Inventory and UEFI
Hardware inventory now collects device UEFI information. Under the hardware inventory classes you will find a new hardware inventory class (SMS_Firmware). This setting is enabled by default. When a computer is started in UEFI mode, the UEFI property is set to TRUE.
7Device health attestation data managed via Management Points
There is an option to validate device health attestation data via management points. This option is available under Management point component properties > Advanced Options. To configure on-prem device health attestation service URL, click Add button and provide the URL.
8Management of Office 365 Client
There is a new option under client agent settings > software updates. This option when enabled allows you to manage office 365 client agent. From the Office 365 Client Management dashboard, it lets you configure Office 365 installation settings and deploy the files as an application in Configuration Manager. Feature worth trying.
9Manage Express installation files for Windows 10 updates
With this update SCCM supports express installation files for Windows 10 updates. The express installation files are smaller in size and have faster installation times on clients. So basically you can download only the changes between the current month’s Windows 10 Cumulative Update and the previous month’s update.
10Software Update Points and Boundary Groups
With update 1702 clients can find software update points using Boundary Group associations. So once you add the SUP to boundary group, the clients looking for new SUP will first look for SUP in the associated boundary group. More info about this is documented here.