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Update 1904 for the Technical Preview Branch of System Center Configuration Manager has been released. To help you determine which devices are ready to upgrade to Office 365 ProPlus, there's a new readiness dashboard. It includes the Office 365 ProPlus upgrade readiness tile that released in Configuration Manager current branch version 1902.

 

The following new tiles on this dashboard help you evaluate Office add-in and macro readiness:

  • Add-in readiness
  • Add-in support statements
  • Top add-ins by count of version
  • Number of devices that have macros
  • Macro readiness

UnderConstruction-crop.pngOffice 365 ProPlus upgrade readiness dashboard

Learn more about the Office 365 ProPlus upgrade readiness dashboard.

 

This preview release also includes:

 

Configure dynamic update during feature updates - Use a new client setting to configure dynamic updates for Windows 10 feature updates. Dynamic update can install language packs, features on demand, drivers, and cumulative updates during Windows setup.

 

Community hub and GitHub - The community hub fosters creativity by building on others work and having other people build on yours. GitHub already has industry-wide processes and tools built for sharing. Now, the community hub will leverage those tools directly in the Configuration Manager Console as foundational pieces for driving this new community.

 

CMPivot standalone – You can now use CMPivot as a standalone app. Run it outside of the Configuration Manager console to view the real-time state of devices in your environment.

 

Software Center infrastructure improvements - This release includes the following infrastructure improvements to Software Center:

  • For apps targeted to users as available, Software Center now gets them from the management point. It does this behavior even if the site has application catalog roles. This change makes it easier for you to remove these site roles.
  • Previously, Software Center picked the first management point from the list of available servers. Starting in this release, it uses the same management point that the client uses. This change allows Software Center to align with the client and have the same fallback behavior.

Improved control over WSUS Maintenance - You now have more granular control over the WSUS maintenance tasks that Configuration Manager runs to maintain healthy software update points. In addition to declining expired updates in WSUS, Configuration Manager can now add non-clustered indexes to the WSUS database.

 

Pre-cache driver packages and OS images - Task sequence pre-cache now includes additional content types. Pre-cache content previously only applied to OS upgrade packages. Now you can use pre-caching to reduce bandwidth consumption of OS images and driver packages.

Improvements to OS deployment - This release includes the following improvements to OS deployment:

  • Based on your UserVoice feedback, the following two PowerShell cmdlets to create and edit the Run Task Sequence step:
    • New-CMTSStepRunTaskSequence
    • Set-CMTSStepRunTaskSequence
  • Based on your UserVoice feedback, a new task sequence variable, SMSTSRebootDelayNext. Use this new variable with the existing SMSTSRebootDelay If you want any later reboots to happen with a different timeout than the first, set SMSTSRebootDelayNext to a different value in seconds.

Update 1904 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