Deploy task sequence to user based collection in Configuration Manager Technical Preview 2010

Another month pass by and Microsoft released Technical preview for Configuration Manager 2010. These technical previews will be released every month and is for lab purpose ONLY.

For more information about the technical preview and how to use it, please refer https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/mem/configmgr/core/get-started/technical-preview

The active baseline version as of today for technical preview is 2007 and this can be downloaded from Evaluation Center.

Following are the new features in Technical preview 2010.

Deploy a task sequence to a user as an app model deployment type

Starting in the release, you can now deploy a non-OS deployment task sequence to a user-based collection when you add a task sequence deployment type to an application either to install or uninstall the app.

To create Create a task sequence for non-OS deployments, please refer https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/mem/configmgr/osd/deploy-use/create-a-task-sequence-for-non-operating-system-deployments

You can’t deploy an app task sequence to user collection and is known issue. For more information, please refer https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/mem/configmgr/apps/get-started/creating-windows-applications#bkmk_tsdt

Enable user proxy for software update scans

Beginning with the September 2020 cumulative update, HTTP-based WSUS servers will be secure by default. A client scanning for updates against an HTTP-based WSUS will no longer be allowed to leverage a user proxy by default. If you still require a user proxy despite the security trade-offs, a new software updates client setting is available to allow these connections. Learn more about the September 2020 changes to improve security for Windows devices scanning WSUS.

Improvements to scenario health

With scenario health, you can now monitor the health of the channel used for client actions. If you've onboarded to cloud management. This improvement helps to surface potential issues with client actions from Microsoft Endpoint Manager admin Center. This monitoring can also be used for on-premises client actions such as CMPivot, Run scripts, and waking up machines.

Run this action from \Monitoring\Overview\Scenario Health

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Shortcut to status messages

You now have an easier way to view status messages for the deployment, content, device and user objects.

Following are the objects that you can select:

  • Devices
  • Users
  • Content
  • Deployments
    • Monitoring workspace
      • Phased deployments (select Show Deployments from the Phased Deployments node)
    • Deployments tab in the details pane for:
      • Packages
      • Task sequences

Right click on the selected object, Choose ‘Show Status Messages’ from the ribbon for a selected object.

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Support for Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC on Desktop Analytics

The long-term servicing channel (LTSC) was designed for Windows 10 devices and use cases where the key requirement is that functionality and features don’t change over time. The LTSC servicing model prevents Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC devices from receiving the usual feature updates and provides only quality updates to ensure that device security stays up to date. For customers that want to shift from LTSC to the semi-annual servicing channel to have access to new features, services, and other major changes, Desktop Analytics now supports enrolling and evaluating LTSC devices in your deployment plans.

Syntax highlighting for scripting languages in the Configuration Manager console

To assist you when creating scripts and queries in the Configuration Manager console, you will now see syntax highlighting. Supported languages include PowerShell, JavaScript/JScript, VBScript and SQL/WQL.

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Defender App Control policy supports Windows Server 2016+ clients now

Configuration Manager to-date has supported Defender App Control policies for Windows 10 clients. We're extending this support to include Windows Server 2016+ endpoints.

Technical preview 2010 build installation:

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Monitor the content download status from dmpdownloader.log

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Once the content is download and is ready to install, install the update.

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Site version: 500.9032.1000

Client version:5.00.9032.1000

Happy testing the preview build.

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