Technical preview for Configuration Manager
Applies to: Configuration Manager (technical preview branch)
This article provides details about the monthly technical preview branch of Configuration Manager. The technical preview introduces new functionality that Microsoft is working on. It introduces new features that aren't yet included in the current branch of Configuration Manager. These features might eventually be included in an update to the current branch. Before we finalize the features, we want you to try them out and give us feedback.
Because this release is a technical preview, details and functionality are subject to change.
This information applies to all versions of the Configuration Manager technical preview branch. This article lists each new feature along with the technical preview version in which it first appears. For example, version 2101 for January (
01) of 2021 (
21). Separate articles dedicated to each preview version detail the individual features.
For information about what's new in the current branch of Configuration Manager, see What's new in Configuration Manager incremental versions.
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Requirements and limitations
The technical preview is licensed for use only in a lab environment. Microsoft may not provide support services and certain features may not be available in technical previews. Additionally, technical preview software may have reduced or different security, privacy, accessibility, availability, and reliability standards relative to commercially provided software.
For most product prerequisites, use the information in the Supported configurations. The following exceptions apply to the technical preview branch:
Each install is active for 90 days before it becomes inactive.
English is the only language supported.
It only supports the following setup command-line parameters:
The service connection point installs to online mode. It doesn't support offline mode.
You may need to allow specific internet URLs, some of which are specific to the technical preview branch. For more information, see Internet access requirements.
The separate articles for each specific version of the technical preview include additional limitations or requirements, as applicable.
The following features aren't supported with the technical preview branch:
There's no support for updating to current branch from this preview branch.
When updates are available for a preview version, you still find and install them from the Updates and Servicing node of the Configuration Manager console. For a video of the in-console upgrade process, see Installing Configuration Manager update packages on youtube.com.
It only supports a standalone primary site. There's no support for a central administration site, multiple primary sites, or secondary sites.
The technical preview branch of Configuration Manager supports the following products and technologies:
Unless otherwise noted, the technical preview branch supports the same versions of SQL Server as the current branch. For more information, see Supported SQL Server versions.
The site supports up to 10 clients, which can run any supported client OS version.
The inclusion of these products in this content doesn't imply an extension of support for a version that's beyond its support lifecycle. Configuration Manager doesn't support products that are beyond their support lifecycle. For more information, see Microsoft Lifecycle Policy.
Install and update
The Configuration Manager technical preview branch for lab use is distinct from the Configuration Manager current branch for production use.
First install a baseline version of the technical preview branch. After installing a baseline version, then use in-console updates to bring your installation up to date with the most recent preview version. Typically, new versions of the technical preview are available each month.
Microsoft supports each technical preview version up until three successive versions are available. For example, when version 1908 released, version 1904 was no longer in support. Versions 1905, 1906, and 1907 remained in support. When a baseline falls out of support, it's still supported for installing a new technical preview site, assuming you immediately update to a supported version. The older baseline is supported until a new baseline version is available. Update to the latest available version from the baseline, and then repeat the update process until you install the latest technical preview version.
When you install an update to the technical preview, you update your preview installation to that new technical preview version. A technical preview installation never has the option to upgrade to a current branch installation. It also never receives updates from the current branch release.
Several times throughout the year, there are technical preview branch and current branch versions with the same version number. For example, there is a technical preview version 2006 and a current branch version 2006.
Active baseline versions
Install a baseline version for up to one year after its release. When you install a new technical preview site, use the latest baseline version:
- Technical preview version 2106
Download a baseline version from the Evaluation Center.
We love to hear your feedback about the new features in the technical preview. For more information, see Product feedback.
If you have ideas about new features you would like to see, let us know! Submit new ideas and vote on the ideas by others: Configuration Manager UserVoice.
Features in the most recent version
The following features are available with the most recent Configuration Manager technical preview version:
Technical preview version 2108
- Export to CSV
- Custom properties for devices in the console
- Improvements to Software Center notifications with logos
- PowerShell release notes preview
Features that were available in a previous version of the technical preview remain available in later versions. Similarly, features that are added to the Configuration Manager current branch remain available in the technical preview branch.
Features in recent technical previews
The following features were released with previous versions of the Configuration Manager technical preview branch since current branch version 2103:
When a new current branch version is available, features that are available in that version are listed in the latest What's new article. For more information, see What's new in incremental versions.
Technical preview version 2107
Features in previous technical previews
The following features were released with previous versions of the Configuration Manager technical preview branch. These features remain available in later versions, but aren't yet available in the current branch.
|Feature||Technical preview version|
|Intune role-based access control for tenant attach||Tech preview 2106|
|Windows Update native experience for software updates||Tech preview 2105.2|
|Support Center dark and light themes||Tech preview 2105|
|Manage aged distribution point messages||Tech preview 2101|
|Community hub support for application content||Tech preview 2012|
|Software Center notifications display with logo||Tech preview 2011|
|Improvements to multicast-enabled distribution points||Tech preview 1908.2|
|Phased deployment templates||Tech preview 1908|
|Remote control anywhere using cloud management gateway||Tech preview 1906 and Tech preview 2009|
|Client-based PXE responder service||Tech preview 1712|
|PXE network boot support for IPv6||Tech preview 1706|
|Use Azure Active Directory||Tech preview 1702|
|Improvements to Asset Intelligence||Tech preview 1608|
For more information, see the following articles: