System Center Configuration Manager current branch Update 1902 released

System Center Configuration Manager current branch Update 1902 released.

Get Current with Office is one of our key capabilities in the 1902 update and optional integration with the Readiness Toolkit for Office provides insights to help prepare for Office 365 ProPlus deployments. These insights can now complement your organization’s end-to-end ability to deploy Office 365 ProPlus, from readiness, to deployment, to monitoring.

The existing Office 365 client management dashboard now includes a new tile, Office 365 ProPlus Upgrade Readiness.

Select a readiness state to drill-through to a device list. This readiness report allows you to quickly identify devices with high confidence that are ready to upgrade to Office 365 ProPlus. It includes columns for the compatibility state of both Office add-ins and macros.

Also, in update 1902 are improvements to Phased Deployments which now has its own dedicated monitoring node. From the lifecycle dashboard, organizations can now also view the support lifecycle for the versions of Office in their environment.  Additionally, ConfigMgr 1902 has added the ability to configure known folder mapping to OneDrive, providing a streamlined way to seamlessly move or redirect users’ known folders and data to OneDrive.

Some other key areas of investment in the other themes of the release include user comments in email notifications for approval requests from Software Center, improvements in client health with a dashboard with detailed breakdowns of client health status across your organization, and Windows software update improvements to better control the end user experience with software update downloads and installs.  There are new Management Insight rules for optimizing and simplifying collections and packages. You can now use CMPivot from the CAS and edit and copy existing PowerShell scripts used with RunScripts.

This release includes:

Cloud Value

  • Cloud Management Gateway (CMG) can be associated with boundary groups – Cloud Management Gateway deployments can now be associated with boundary groups to allow clients to default or fallback to the CMG for client communication according to boundary group relationships.
  • Stop cloud service when it exceeds threshold – Configuration Manager can now stop a cloud management gateway (CMG) service when the total data transfer goes over your limit.

Customer Voice

Application Management

  • Improvements to application approvals via email – When users request applications from Software Center, the email notification will now include their comments.

Configuration Manager console

  • Improvements to Configuration Manager console – Based on customer feedback aka the Cabana sessions at the Midwest Management Summit (MMS) Desert Edition 2018, this release includes several improvements to the Configuration Manager console.
  • View recently connected consoles – You can now view the most recent connections for the Configuration Manager console. The view includes active connections and those that recently connected.
  • View first monitor only during Configuration Manager remote control session – When connecting to a client with two or more monitors, a remote tools operator can now choose between seeing all monitors and the first monitor only.
  • Search device views using MAC address – you can now search for a MAC address in a device view of the Configuration Manager console.

Software Center

  • Replace toast notifications with dialog window – When deployments need a restart or software changes are required, you now have the option of using a more intrusive dialog window to replace toast notifications on the client
  • Configure default views in Software Center – You can now customize your end user’s default application layout and default application filter in Software Center.

OS Deployment

  • Improvements to task sequence media creation – When you create task sequence media, you can now customize the location that the site uses for temporary storage of data and add a label to the media.
  • Improvements to Run PowerShell Script task sequence step – The Run PowerShell Script task sequence step now allows you to specify a timeout value, alternate credentials, a working directory and success codes.
  • Import a single index of an Operating System Image – When importing a Windows image (WIM) file to Configuration Manager, you can now specify to automatically import a single index rather than all image indexes in the file.
  • Progress status during in-place upgrade task sequence – You now see a more detailed progress bar during a Windows 10 in-place upgrade task sequence.

Client Management

  • Client Health Dashboard – You can now view a dashboard with information about the client health of your environment. View your client health, scenario health, common errors along with breakdowns by operating system and client versions.
  • Specify a custom port for peer wakeup – You can now specify a custom port number for wake-up proxy.

Real-time management

  • Run CMPivot from the central administration site – Configuration Manager now supports running CMPivot from the central administration site in a hierarchy.
  • Edit or copy PowerShell scripts – You can now Edit or Copy an existing PowerShell script used with the Run Scripts feature.

Get Current

Phased deployments

  • Dedicated monitoring for phased deployments – Phased deployments now have their own dedicated monitoring node, making it easier to identify phased deployments you have created and navigate to the phased deployment monitoring view.
  • Improvement to phased deployment success criteria – Specify additional criteria for the success of a phase in a phased deployment. Instead of only a percentage, these criteria can now also include the number of devices successfully deployed.

Office Management

  • Integration with analytics for Office 365 ProPlus readiness – Use Configuration Manager to identify devices with high confidence that are ready to upgrade to Office 365 ProPlus.
  • Additional languages for Office 365 updates – Configuration Manager now supports all supported languages for Office 365 client updates.
  • Office products on lifecycle dashboard – The product lifecycle dashboard now includes information for installed versions of Office 2003 through Office 2016.
  • Redirect Windows known folders to OneDrive – Use Configuration Manager to move Windows known folders to OneDrive for Business. These folders include Desktop, Documents, and Pictures.

OS servicing

  • Optimized image servicing – When you apply software updates to an OS image, there’s a new option to optimize the output by removing any superseded updates.
  • Specify thread priority for feature updates in Windows 10 servicing – Adjust the priority with which clients install a feature update through Windows 10 servicing.

Simplification

  • Management insight rules for collections – Management insights has new rules with recommendations on managing collections. Use these insights to simplify management and improve performance.
  • Distribution Point Maintenance Mode – You can now set a distribution point in maintenance mode. Enable maintenance mode when you’re installing software updates or making hardware changes to the server.
  • Configuration Manager Console Notifications – To keep you better informed so that you can take the appropriate action, the Configuration Manager console now notifies you when lifecycle and maintenance events occur in the environment.
  • In-console documentation dashboard – There is a new Documentation node in the new Community workspace. This node includes up-to-date information about Configuration Manager documentation and support articles.

If you can’t wait to try these new features, this PowerShell script can be used to ensure that you are in the first wave of customers getting the update. By running this script, you will see the update available in your console right away.

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