Features in Configuration Manager technical preview version 2007

Applies to: Configuration Manager (technical preview branch)

This article introduces the features that are available in the technical preview for Configuration Manager, version 2007. Install this version to update and add new features to your technical preview site.

Review the technical preview article before installing this update. That article familiarizes you with the general requirements and limitations for using a technical preview, how to update between versions, and how to provide feedback.

The following sections describe the new features to try out in this version:

Tenant attach: View hardware inventory in Microsoft Endpoint Manager admin center

Hardware inventory can now be viewed for a tenant attached Configuration Manager device in the admin center.

Try it out!

Try to complete the tasks. Then send Feedback with your thoughts on the feature.

Prerequisites

Permissions

The user account needs the following permissions:

  • The Admin User role for the Configuration Manager Microservice application in Azure AD.
    • Add the role in Azure AD from Enterprise applications > Configuration Manager Microservice > Users and groups > Add user. Groups are supported if you have Azure AD premium.

View hardware inventory

  1. In the Configuration Manager console, go to the Assets and Compliance workspace and select the Devices node.
  2. Right-click on a device that's been uploaded to Microsoft Endpoint Manager.
  3. In the right-click menu, select Start > Admin Center Preview to open the preview in your browser.
    • This launch is a preview experience. The final location will be in Microsoft Endpoint Manager admin center.
  4. Select Resource Explorer to view the hardware inventory.
    • Classes with large amounts of data will only return the first 50 entries.

Improvements to client data sources dashboard

The client data sources dashboard now offers an expanded selection of filters to view information about where clients get content. These new filters include:

  • Single boundary group
  • All boundary groups
  • Internet clients
  • Clients not associated with a boundary group

In the Configuration Manager console, go to the Monitoring workspace, expand Distribution Status, and select the Client Data Sources node. By default, the dashboard displays information for a single boundary group. Select another option to update the dashboard. If there's no data available for the selected client group, the chart displays "This data is not yet available."

The dashboard also includes a new tile for Content downloads using fallback source. This information helps you understand how often clients download content from an alternate source.

Client data sources dashboard

Fixed-width font now used in some console areas

Based on your UserVoice feedback, various areas in the Configuration Manager console now use the fixed-width font Consolas. This font provides consistent spacing and makes it easier to read. In this release, you'll see the Consolas font in the following places:

  • Application scripts
  • Configuration item scripts
  • WMI-based collection membership queries
  • CMPivot queries
  • Scripts
  • Run PowerShell Script
  • Run Command Line

If there are other console areas that should use this font, send Feedback.

Script editor example with fixed-width Consolas font

Manage task sequence policy size

Configuration Manager technical preview version 2004 included new management insight rules for OS deployment. These insights help you manage the policy size of task sequences. Large task sequences cause problems with client processing.

To further help manage the size of task sequences, starting in this release Configuration Manager restricts the following actions for a task sequence that's greater than 2 MB in size:

  • Save changes in the task sequence editor
  • Save changes with PowerShell cmdlets
  • Import a new task sequence
  • Any other change using supported SDK methods

For example, the task sequence editor will display an error if you try to save changes to a large task sequence.

For more information on how to remediate this issue, see How to reduce the size of task sequence policy.

Tip

This new behavior checks for the 2 MB size limit on the task sequence as stored in the site database. When the client processes the entire task sequence policy, the expanded size can cause problems over 32 MB. The management insights check for the 32 MB task sequence policy size.

Improvements to device timeline in the admin center

We've added additional events to the device timeline in the admin center. You can now see the following events:

  • Event ID 20227 for VPN failure from the RAS client
  • Event ID 20009 for MP communication roundtrip from Microsoft-ConfigMgr

For more information about the device timeline, see Configuration Manager technical preview 2005.

Collected events for the timeline

Event name Provider name Event ID Technical preview version added
Abnormal Shutdown Boot 41 2005
Application Crash Windows Error Reporting 1001 2005
Application Deployment Microsoft-ConfigMgr 20001 2005
Application Error Application Error 1000 2005
Application Hang Application Hang 1002 2005
Boundary Group Change Microsoft-ConfigMgr 20000 2005
Configuration Manager – Update Installation Microsoft-ConfigMgr 20002 2005
Firmware version change Microsoft-ConfigMgr 20003 2005
Initiated Shutdown Boot 1074 2005
Kernel Crash Microsoft-Windows-WER-SystemErrorReporting 1001 2005
MP communication roundtrip Microsoft-ConfigMgr 20009 2007
Unknown Shutdown Boot 0 2005
VPN Failure RASClient 20227 2007
Windows Update Agent – Update Installation Microsoft-Windows-WindowsUpdateClient 19 2005

Next steps

For more information about installing or updating the technical preview branch, see Technical preview.

For more information about the different branches of Configuration Manager, see Which branch of Configuration Manager should I use?.