Technical Preview for System Center Configuration Manager


Welcome to the O System Center Configuration Manager Technical Preview. This topic provides details about the evolving preview release that introduces new functionality and capabilities we are working on. With each version of the technical preview, new features are introduced that are not included in the current branch of O System Center Configuration Manager at the time the technical preview version is made available. These features might eventually be included in an update to the current branch release, but before we finalize the features and add them, we want you to have a chance to try them out and give us feedback.

Because this is a technical preview, details and functionality are subject to change.

This topic contains information that applies to all versions of the Technical Preview, and also lists each new capability (or feature) along with the Technical Preview version in which the capability first appears, like version 1512 for December of 2015. The details for these capabilities are detailed in separate topics dedicated to each preview version.

For information about what's new in the current branch of Gestor de configuração, see What's new in System Center Configuration Manager.

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For information about what's in System Center Configuration Manager Technical Preview 4 (and earlier previews), see Technical Previews for the pre-release of System Center Configuration Manager

In this topic:

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The Technical Preview is licensed for use only in a lab environment. Microsoft may not provide support services and certain features may not be available in the Preview software. Additionally, the Preview software may have reduced or different security, privacy, accessibility, availability and reliability standards relative to commercially provided software.

For most product prerequisites, use the information in the O System Center Configuration Manager Supported configurations for System Center Configuration Manager. The following exceptions apply to the Technical Preview releases:

  • Each install remains active for 90 days before it becomes inactive.

  • English is the only language supported.

  • Only a stand-alone primary site is supported. There is no support for a central administration site, multiple primary sites, or secondary sites.

  • Only the following versions of SQL Server are supported:

    • SQL Server 2012 with cumulative update 2 or later

    • SQL Server 2014

  • The site supports up to 10 clients, which must run one of the following:

    • Windows 7

    • Windows 8

    • Windows 8.1

    • Windows 10

  • Only the following install flags (switches) are supported:

    • /silent

    • /testdbupgrade

  • When applicable, additional limitations or requirements are included with details for each specific version of the Technical Preview

  • There is no support for migration to or from this preview build.

  • There is no support for upgrade to this preview build.

  • There is no support for upgrade to a production build (current branch) from this preview build. However, when updates are available for a preview version, you can find and install them from the Updates and Servicing node of the Configuration Manager console. For a video of the in-console upgrade process, see Installing ConfigMgr Update Packages on

The O System Center Configuration Manager Technical Preview is distinct from the current release of O System Center Configuration Manager.

To use the technical preview you must first install a baseline version of the technical preview build. After installing a baseline version, you then use in-console updates to bring your installation up to date with the most recent preview version. Typically, new versions of the Technical Preview are available each month.

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When you install an update to the technical preview, you update your preview installation to that new technical preview version. A technical preview installation never has the option to upgrade to a current branch installation, nor receive updates from the current branch release.

Active baseline versions of the Technical Preview:

  • Technical Preview 1603 as part of the System Center Technical Preview 5 - The Gestor de configuração Technical Preview 1603 is available as both an in-console update for the Gestor de configuração Technical Preview, and as a new baseline version that is included with System Center Technical Preview 5. Only the version included with System Center Technical Preview 5 can be used for a baseline install.

    About the baseline version of the Configuration Manager Technical Preview from System Center Technical Preview 5:

    • Both Setup and the Gestor de configuração console list the version as the O System Center Configuration Manager Technical Preview 1603.

    • This baseline version functions as does the Gestor de configuração Technical Preview 1603, including support for in-console updates.

    • You can install this baseline version for up to 9 months after the release of System Center Technical Preview 5.

    • You can run this baseline version for 90 days before you must update it to a later version. (Typically, versions of the Gestor de configuração Technical Preview run for 60 days before you must update them to a later version.)

We would love to hear your feedback about our technical previews. To submit feedback about the capabilities in each preview, follow the link to our feedback form on the Configuration Manager feedback program page on the Microsoft Connect site.

And, if you have ideas about new features you would like to see, we want to know that as well. To submit new ideas and to vote on the ideas submitted by others, visit our user voice page.

  • Technical Preview 1601: By default, the service connection point is set to online mode when it installs, and does not support a change to offline mode.

  • Technical Preview 1602: Beginning with Technical Preview 1602, you can in-place upgrade the operating system of a site system server that runs Windows 2008 Server R2 to Windows 2012 Server R2. When you use the Windows Server 2012 R2 upgrade procedures, you do not need to run a Gestor de configuração site server restore after the upgrade. For upgrade procedures, see Upgrade Options for Windows Server 2012 R2.

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    Before you upgrade to Windows Server 2012 R2, you must uninstall WSUS 3.2 from the server.

    For information about this critical step, see the New and changed functionality section in Windows Server Update Services Overview in the Windows Server documentation.

  • Technical Preview 1603:

    • Beginning with Technical Preview 1603, you can configure software updates deployments to have clients run a software updates compliance scan immediately after a client installs software updates and restarts. This enables the client to check for additional software updates that become applicable after the client restarts, and to then install them (and become compliant) during the same maintenance window.

      To configure this for a deployment, on the User Experience page of the Deploy Software Updates Wizard select the option If any update in this deployment requires a system restart, run updates deployment evaluation cycle after restart.

    • Beginning with Technical Preview 1603, the behavior for the SMSTSRebootDelay task sequence variable has changed. The SMSTSRebootDelay variable specifies how many seconds to wait before the computer restarts. The task sequence manager will display a notification dialog before the restart if this variable is not set to 0.
      When you configure a value for this variable, that value will persist until you configure a new value. The delay for all the subsequent computer restarts will have the same value. In Gestor de configuração version 1602 and earlier, the variable is reset to the default value (30 seconds) after the computer restarts. For more information, see Task sequence built-in variables in System Center Configuration Manager.

The following are the capabilities delivered with each Gestor de configuração technical preview release. Capabilities that are available beginning in a version of the technical preview remain available in later versions. Similarly, capabilities that have been added to the O System Center Configuration Manager Release (current branch) remain available in subsequent technical previews. Click through to the content for each preview version to learn more about a specific capability.

CapabilityAvailable beginning in
Integration with Windows Update for Business in Windows 101511
Managing Office 365 ProPlus Client Update through System Center Configuration Manager1511
Support for SQL Server AlwaysOn for highly available databases1511
Service a server cluster1511
Device Health Attestation1512
In-console monitoring for terms and conditions1512
Improvements to Endpoint Protection policy settings1512
Improvements to Microsoft Intune integration1601
Client online status1601
Improvements to application management1601
Improvements to compliance settings1601
Improvements to mobile device management1602
Improvements to Software Center in the 1602 release1602
Improvements to Windows 10 Servicing1602
Improvements to Software Center in the 1603 release1603
Improvements to remote control1603
Customize the RamDisk TFTP block size and window size on PXE-enabled distribution points1603
Manage volume-purchased apps from the Windows Store for Business1604
Improvements to Microsoft Passport for Work management1604
Option for clients to switch to a new software update point1604
Client settings to manage Client Cache Settings and client Peer Cache1604
Support for Passport for Work as a KSP1604
On-premises Device Health Attestation1604
SmartLock setting for Android devices1604
Per-app VPN for Windows 10 devices1605
Improvements to the Install software updates task sequence1605
Improvements to the Prepare ConfigMgr Client for Capture task sequence step1605
Grace period for required application deployments1605
New experience for remote device actions1605
Windows Store for Business apps1605
General improvements for volume-purchased apps1605
Enterprise Data Protection (EDP)1605
End users can install apps from the Company Portal1605
New tabs for Updates and Operating Systems in Software Center1605
Service a server group1605
Support for Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection service1605
New restart options for Windows 10 clients after software update installation1605
On-premises Device Health Attestation1605
Pre-declare corporate-owned devices with IMEI or iOS serial number1605
Multiple device management points for On-premises Mobile Device Management1606
Automatically categorize devices into collections1606
Enforcement grace period for required application and software update deployments1606
Using Configuration Manager as a Managed Installer with Device Guard1606
Cloud Proxy Service1606
Manage the Office 365 client agent in Configuration Manager1606
The OSDPreserveDriveLetter task sequence variable has been deprecated1606
Changes for the Updates and Servicing Node1606
Improvements to the Windows 10 Edition Upgrade Policy1607
Customizable Branding for Software Center Dialogs1607

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