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Update 1903 for Technical Preview Branch of System Center Configuration Manager has been released.


Some customers may be concerned about the potential cost for attaching cloud services in Configuration Manager. This release introduces a new cost estimator tool in the Configuration Manager console. The tool uses the following data from your site database to estimate the cost of deploying the cloud management gateway:

  • Aggregate, average client usage of management points and distribution points
  • Azure pricing

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You can use Options to include specific device types and content, adjust the number of CMG instances, adjust the percentage of simultaneous roaming clients, or change the Azure region.


Learn more about the cloud services cost estimator.


This preview release also includes:


Use your distribution point as a local cache server for Delivery Optimization - You can now install Delivery Optimization In-Network Cache server on your distribution points. By caching this content on-premises, your clients can benefit from the Delivery Optimization feature, but you can help to protect WAN links.


Reclaim lock for editing task sequences - Based on your UserVoice feedback, now you can clear your lock on a task sequence.

 

Drill through required updates - Based on your UserVoice feedback, you can now drill through compliance statistics to see which devices require a specific software update.


Update 1903 for Technical Preview Branch is available in the Configuration Manager Technical Preview console. For new installations please use the 1902.2 baseline version of Configuration Manager Technical Preview Branch available on TechNet Evaluation Center. Technical Preview Branch releases give you an opportunity to try out new Configuration Manager features in a test environment before they are made generally available.


We would love to hear your thoughts about the latest Technical Preview! Send us Feedback directly from the console. You may also use our feedback channels through the Feedback Hub app for product issues, and our UserVoice page for ideas about new features.

 

Thanks,


The System Center Configuration Manager team


Configuration Manager Resources:

Documentation for System Center Configuration Manager Technical Previews

Try the System Center Configuration Manager Technical Preview Branch

Documentation for System Center Configuration Manager

System Center Configuration Manager Forums

System Center Configuration Manager Support