Microsoft releasing the technical preview updates for SCCM Configmgr every month as part of ongoing commitment to quality and innovation .These technical preview updates will help to test in lab environment and report feedback to Microsoft before they made General Available (current Branch).To see these preview updates in your Configmgr console,you must have the base version of SCCM Configmgr Technical preview 5 (not applicable to current branch).These Technical Preview updates are intended for use in a lab environment. For more information about technical preview and updates, please refer https://technet.microsoft.com/library/mt595861.aspx?
Today,28th September 2016 ,Microsoft released latest technical preview update 1609 (YYMM) (Note : this is only for base version Technical preview 5 but not for Current Branch V1606,Production version) with some exciting features .
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.Only the version included with System Center Technical Preview 5 can be used for a baseline install.
Features/updates included in this update are:
- Windows 10 Upgrade Analytics – Assess and analyze device readiness and compatibility with Windows 10 to allow smoother upgrades. This is done through integration with Windows Upgrade Analytics.
- Office 365 Client Management Dashboard – Use the Office 365 client management dashboard to track Office 365 updates and deployments.
- Deploy Office 365 apps to clients – We have added a new Office 365 Servicing node in the Software Library where you can deploy Office 365 apps to clients.
- Improvements for BIOS to UEFI conversion – An OS deployment task sequence can now be customized with a new variable, TSUEFIDrive, so that the Restart Computer step will prepare the drive for transition to UEFI. See the documentation for additional details on the necessary customizations.
- Improvement to Endpoint Protection antimalware policy settings – You can now specify the level at which the Endpoint Protection Cloud Protection Service will block suspicious files.
- Boundary Group Improvements – Improvements have been made to boundary groups to allow more granular control of fallback behavior, and greater clarity of what distribution points are used.
For more information, read the documentation Technical Preview for System Center Configuration Manager https://technet.microsoft.com/library/mt595861.aspx?
Happy exploring new features..