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Update 2002 for Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager current branch is now available. Microsoft Endpoint Manager is an integrated solution for managing all your devices. Microsoft brings together Configuration Manager and Intune into a single console called Microsoft Endpoint Manager admin center. Starting in Configuration Manager version 2002, you can upload your Configuration Manager devices to the cloud service and take actions from the Devices blade in the admin center.

 

Microsoft Endpoint Manager admin center managed devicesMicrosoft Endpoint Manager admin center managed devices

 

 

Learn more about Microsoft Endpoint Manager tenant attach.

 

This release also includes:

Desktop Analytics

  • Connection Health dashboard shows client connection issues - Use the Desktop Analytics Connection Health dashboard in Configuration Manager to monitor the clients' connectivity health. It now helps you to more easily identify client proxy configuration issues in two areas:
    • Endpoint connectivity checks
    • Connectivity status

Site infrastructure

  • Remove a central administration site - If your hierarchy consists of a central administration site (CAS) and a single child primary site, you can now remove the CAS. This action simplifies your Configuration Manager infrastructure to a single, standalone primary site.
  • New management insight rules – This release includes the following management insight rules:
    • Nine rules in the Configuration Manager Assessment group courtesy of Microsoft Premier Field Engineering. These rules are a sample of the many more checks that Microsoft Premier provides in the Services Hub
    • Two additional rules in the Cloud Services group to help you configure your site for adding secure HTTPS communication.
  • Improvements to administration service - Starting in this release, the administration service automatically uses the site's self-signed certificate. This change helps reduce the friction for easier use of the administration service.
  • Proxy support for Azure Active Directory discovery and group sync - The site system's proxy settings, including authentication, are now used by:
    • Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) user discovery
    • Azure AD user group discovery
    • Synchronizing collection membership results to Azure Active Directory groups

Cloud-attached management

  • Critical status message shows server connection errors to required endpoints - If the Configuration Manager site server fails to connect to required endpoints for a cloud service, it raises a critical status message ID 11488. When the site server can't connect to the service, the SMS_SERVICE_CONNECTOR component status changes to critical.
  • Token-based authentication for cloud management gateway - The cloud management gateway (CMG) supports many types of clients, but even with Enhanced HTTP, these clients require a client authentication certificate. This certificate requirement can be challenging to provision on internet-based clients that don't often connect to the internal network, aren't able to join Azure Active Directory (Azure AD), and don't have a method to install a PKI-issued certificate. Starting in version 2002, Configuration Manager extends its device support with the following methods:
    • Register on the internal network for a unique token
    • Create a bulk registration token for internet-based devices for clients that you can’t install and register on the internal network. This allows the client to generate a unique token, which paired with its self-signed certificate, lets it authenticate with the CMG.

Real-time management

  • Improvements to CMPivot - We've made it easier to navigate CMPivot entities. You can now search CMPivot entities. New icons have also been added to easily differentiate the entities and the entity object types.

Content management

  • Exclude certain subnets for peer content download - Boundary groups include the following option for peer downloads: During peer downloads, only use peers within the same subnet. If you enable this option, the content location list from the management point only includes peer sources that are in the same subnet and boundary group as the client. Depending on the configuration of your network, you can now exclude certain subnets for matching.
  • Proxy support for Microsoft Connected Cache - If your environment uses an unauthenticated proxy server for internet access, now when you enable a Configuration Manager distribution point for Microsoft Connected Cache, it can communicate through the proxy.

Client management

  • Client log collection - You can now trigger a client device to upload its client logs to the site server by sending a client notification action from the Configuration Manager console.
  • Wake up a device from the central administration site - From the central administration site (CAS), in the Devices or Device Collections node, you can now use the client notification action to Wake Up devices.
  • Improvements to support for ARM64 devices - The All Windows 10 (ARM64) platform is available in the list of supported OS versions on objects with requirement rules or applicability lists.
  • Track remediation history when supported - You can now Track remediation history when supported on your configuration item compliance rules. When this option is enabled, any remediation that occurs on the client for the configuration item generates a state message.

Application management

  • Microsoft Edge management dashboard - The Microsoft Edge management dashboard provides you insights on the usage of Microsoft Edge and other browsers. In this dashboard, you can:
    • See how many of your devices have Microsoft Edge installed
    • See how many clients have different versions of Microsoft Edge installed
    • Have a view of the installed browsers across devices
    • Have a view of preferred browser by device
  • Improvements to Microsoft Edge management - You can now create a Microsoft Edge application that's set up to receive automatic updates rather than having automatic updates disabled. This change allows you to choose to manage updates for Microsoft Edge with Configuration Manager or allow Microsoft Edge to automatically update.
  • Task sequence as an app model deployment type - You can now install complex applications using task sequences via the application model. Add a deployment type to an app that's a task sequence, either to install or uninstall the app.

Operating System Deployment

  • Bootstrap a task sequence immediately after client registration - This release introduces a new client setup property that you can use to start a task sequence on a client after it successfully registers with the site.
  • Improvements to Check Readiness task sequence step - You can now verify more device properties in the Check Readiness task sequence step. Use this step in a task sequence to verify the target computer meets your prerequisite conditions.
  • Improvements to task sequence progress - The task sequence progress window now includes the following improvements:
    • You can enable it to show the current step number, total number of steps, and percent completion
    • Increased the width of the window to give you more space to better show the organization name in a single line
  • Improvements to OS deployment - This release includes the following improvements to OS deployment:
    • The task sequence environment includes a new read-only variable, _TSSecureBoot. Use this variable to determine the state of secure boot on a UEFI-enabled device.
    • Set task sequence variables to configure the user context for the Run Command Line and Run PowerShell Script steps.
    • On the Run PowerShell Script step, you can now set the Parameters property to a variable.
    • The Configuration Manager PXE responder now sends status messages to the site server. This change makes it easier to troubleshoot OS deployments that use this service.

Protection

  • Expand Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) onboarding - Configuration Manager has expanded its support for onboarding devices to Microsoft Defender ATP.
  • Improvements to BitLocker management
  • The BitLocker management policy now includes additional settings, including policies for fixed and removable drives.
  • Starting in this version, the HTTPS requirement is for the IIS website that hosts the recovery service, not the entire management point role. This change relaxes the certificate requirements, and still encrypts the recovery keys in transit.

Software updates

  • Orchestration groups -Orchestration Groups are the evolution of the "Server Groups" feature. Create an orchestration group to better control the deployment of software updates to devices. An orchestration group gives you the flexibility to update devices based on a percentage, a specific number, or an explicit order. You can also run a PowerShell script before and after the devices run the update deployment.
  • Evaluate software updates after a servicing stack update - Configuration Manager now detects if a servicing stack update (SSU) is part of an installation for multiple updates. When an SSU is detected, it's installed first. After install of the SSU, a software update evaluation cycle runs to install the remaining updates. This change allows a dependent cumulative update to be installed after the servicing stack update
  • Office 365 updates for disconnected software update points - You can use a new tool to import Office 365 updates from an internet-connected WSUS server into a disconnected Configuration Manager environment.

Reporting

  • Integrate with Power BI Report Server - You can now integrate Power BI Report Server with Configuration Manager reporting. This integration gives you modern visualization and better performance. It adds console support for Power BI reports similar to what already exists with SQL Server Reporting Services.

Configuration Manager Console

  • Send a smile improvements - When you Send a smile or Send a frown, a status message is created when the feedback is submitted.
  • Search all subfolders for configuration items and configuration baselines - Similar to improvements in previous releases, you can now use the All Subfolders search option from the Configuration Items and Configuration Baselines nodes.

Tools

  • OneTrace log groups - OneTrace now supports customizable log groups, similar to the feature in Support Center. Log groups allow you to open all log files for a single scenario.
  • Improvements to extend and migrate on-premises site to Microsoft Azure - The extend and migrate on-premises site to Microsoft Azure tool now supports provisioning multiple site system roles on a single Azure virtual machine. You can add site system roles after the initial Azure virtual machine deployment has completed.

 

For more details and to view the full list of new features in this update, check out our What’s new in version 2002 of Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager documentation. 

 

Updated 5/11/2020 

Note: The update is now globally available to all customers. The script to enable the first wave is no longer necessary.

 

For assistance with the upgrade process, please post your questions in the Site and Client Deployment forum. Send us your Configuration Manager feedback through Send-a-Smile in the Configuration Manager console or by using the Feedback Hub app built into Windows 10.  

 

Continue to use our UserVoice page to share and vote on ideas about new features in Configuration Manager. 

 

Thank you, 

The Configuration Manager team 

 

Additional resources: 

 

4 Comments
New Contributor

Wow..

Thank you for sharing this Great overview with the Community :cool:

Occasional Visitor

This is really good overview and Thanks for sharing !! :stareyes:

Occasional Visitor

I can't get the Connected Cache Server setup to work anymore. Which was no problem with 1910.

I noticed that the SetupARRProxy.ps1 is not executed anymore before VerifyCacheNodeSetup.ps1, but editing the setup script did'nt help with the problem.

We are running a authentication proxy with pass-thru.

 

VerifyCacheNodeSetup.ps1


Removing existing downloaded content used for validation

     Cound not find existing downloaded content in primary disk cache: D:\DOINC-E77D08D0-5FEA-4315-8C95-10D359D59294\b1.download.windowsup
date.com\mscomtest\cedtest\r20.gif.full

Restarting IIS to ensure the memory cache has been cleared

Attempting stop...
Internet services successfully stopped
Attempting start...
Internet services successfully restarted

     Requesting content from the Delivery Optimization In-Network Cache (DOINC) instance.............
     Failed to find downloaded content in the primary disk caches

VerifyCacheNodeSetup.ps1 failed to successfully complete
System.Management.Automation.RuntimeException: Failed to find downloaded content in the primary disk caches
Setup.ps1 failed to properly install
System.Management.Automation.RuntimeException: Failed to find downloaded content in the primary disk caches
   at System.Management.Automation.ExceptionHandlingOps.CheckActionPreference(FunctionContext funcContext, Exception exception)
   at System.Management.Automation.Interpreter.ActionCallInstruction`2.Run(InterpretedFrame frame)
   at System.Management.Automation.Interpreter.EnterTryCatchFinallyInstruction.Run(InterpretedFrame frame)
   at System.Management.Automation.Interpreter.EnterTryCatchFinallyInstruction.Run(InterpretedFrame frame)