Update 2101 for the Technical Preview Branch of Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager has been released. You can now download console extensions from the Community hub and have it applied to all consoles connected to a hierarchy. This improvement allows you to start managing the approval and installation of console extensions used in your environment.
A new node has been added to the Configuration Manager console. The Console Extensions node is located under Administration > Overview > Updates and Servicing. Console extensions downloaded from the community hub will be located here. Actions for console extensions are grouped in the ribbon and the right-click menu.
NOTE: In this technical preview, only Right Click Tools (Community Edition) from Recast Software is available for download and installation.
Learn more about managing console extensions.
This preview release also includes:
Deploy a feature update with a task sequence - Based on your UserVoice feedback, you can now upgrade a client's Windows OS by using a feature update deployed with a task sequence. This integration combines the simplicity of Windows servicing with the flexibility of task sequences. Servicing uses a single ESD file that you synchronize through the software update point. This process simplifies the need to manually get, import, and maintain the Windows image content used with a standard task sequence to upgrade Windows. The size of the ESD file is generally smaller than the WIM image file.
Tenant Attach: Required application deployments display in Microsoft Endpoint Manager admin center - Applications targeted to a device or a user with a required deadline will now show in the Applications view for a tenant attached device in Microsoft Endpoint Manager admin center. This improvement allows you to review when application installations are expected to occur on a device.
Client setting for displaying Software Center custom tabs - Technical preview version 2012 included an improved user experience and security with Software Center custom tabs. It required that you manually deploy the Microsoft Edge WebView2 browser control. Starting in this release, you can now configure a client setting to use the WebView2 control.
Simplified CMPivot permissions requirements - We've simplified the CMPivot permissions requirements. The following changes have been made:
Allow exclusion of organizational units (OU) from Active Directory User Discovery - You can now exclude OUs from Active Directory User Discovery.
Changes to Support Center - Support Center is now split into the following tools:
Prerequisite rule for deprecated Azure Monitor connector - We continue to see broad adoption of native Azure Monitor log query groups as customers shift more of their workloads to the cloud. Because of this reason, starting in November 2020, the Configuration Manager feature to synchronize collections to Azure Monitor is deprecated. When you update to this release, a new prerequisite check warns about the presence of the Log Analytics connector for Azure Monitor. This connector is deprecated and will be removed from the product in a future release. At that time, this check will be an error that blocks upgrade.
Manage aged distribution point messages - In some environments, a small number of error status messages for a distribution point can cause the entire server status to show an error state. This behavior could be due to a known issue when failing to distribute content. To help you better manage the state of distribution points, this release includes the following improvements:
Encryption algorithm to capture and restore user state - The task sequence steps to Capture User State and Restore User State always encrypt the USMT state store. Previously, Configuration Manager configured USMT to use the 3DES algorithm. Starting in this release, both steps now use the highest supported encryption algorithm, AES 256.
PowerShell release notes preview - These release notes summarize changes to the Configuration Manager PowerShell cmdlets in technical preview version 2101.
Update 2101 for Technical Preview Branch is available in the Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager Technical Preview console. For new installations, the 2010 baseline version of Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager Technical Preview Branch is available on the Microsoft 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.
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