Technical Preview for System Center Configuration Manager
Applies to: System Center Configuration Manager (Technical Preview)
Welcome to the System Center Configuration Manager Technical Preview. This article provides details about the evolving preview release that introduces new functionality and capabilities we are working on. Each version of the technical preview introduces new features that are not included in the current branch of Configuration Manager at the time the technical preview version is made available. These features might eventually be included in an update to the current branch release, but before we finalize the features and add them, we want you to have a chance to try them out and give us feedback.
Because this release is a technical preview, details and functionality are subject to change.
This article contains information that applies to all versions of the Technical Preview. It also lists each new capability (or feature) along with the Technical Preview version in which the capability first appears, like version 1806 for June of 2018. These capabilities are detailed in separate topics dedicated to each preview version.
For information about what's new in the current branch of Configuration Manager, see What's new in System Center Configuration Manager.
Requirements and limitations for the Technical Preview
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 the preview software. Additionally, the 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 for System Center Configuration Manager. The following exceptions apply to the Technical Preview releases:
Each install remains active for 90 days before it becomes inactive.
English is the only language supported.
Only the following install flags (switches) are supported:
By default, when you use the technical preview, the service connection point installs to online mode. It does not support changing to offline mode.
The separate articles for each specific version of the technical preview include additional limitations or requirements, as applicable.
There is no support for migration to or from this preview build.
There is no support for upgrade to this preview build.
There is no support for site recovery from the cd.latest folder.
There is no support for upgrade to a production build (current branch) from this preview build. However, when updates are available for a preview version, you can 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 ConfigMgr Update Packages on youtube.com.
- Only a stand-alone primary site is supported. There is no support for a central administration site, multiple primary sites, or secondary sites.
The following products and technologies are supported by this branch of Configuration Manager. However, their inclusion in this content does not imply an extension of support for a product or version that is beyond that product's individual support lifecycle. Products that are beyond their support lifecycle are not supported for use with Configuration Manager. For more information about Microsoft Support Lifecycles, visit the Microsoft Support Lifecycle website.
Only the following versions of SQL Server are supported:
- SQL Server 2017 (with cumulative update 2, and later) beginning in Configuration Manager version 1710
- SQL Server 2016 (with no Service Pack, and later)
- SQL Server 2014 (with Service Pack 1, and later)
- SQL Server 2012 (with Service Pack 3, or later)
The site supports up to 10 clients, which must run one of the following versions of Windows:
- Windows 10
- Windows 8.1
- Windows 7
Install and update the Technical Preview
The System Center Configuration Manager Technical Preview is distinct from the current release of System Center Configuration Manager.
To use the technical preview, you must first install a baseline version of the technical preview build. After installing a baseline version, you 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.
Each preview release is supported up until three successive releases are available. Meaning, when version 1708 released, version 1704 was no longer in support, but versions 1705, 1706, and 1707 remained in support. When a baseline falls out of support, it is still supported for installing a new Technical Preview site until a new baseline version is available, so long as you then update that install to a supported version. Update to the latest available version and then repeat that process until you can install the most current version of the technical preview.
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, nor receive updates from the current branch release.
Active baseline versions of the Technical Preview:
You can install a baseline version for up to one year after its release. However, when you install a new technical preview site, we recommend you use the latest baseline version that is available.
- Technical Preview 1806 - The Configuration Manager Technical Preview 1806 is available as both an in-console update and as a new baseline version. Download baseline versions from the TechNet Evaluation Center.
We love to hear your feedback about the capabilities in our technical previews. For more information, see Product feedback.
If you have ideas about new features you would like to see, we want to know that as well. To submit new ideas and to vote on the ideas submitted by others, visit our user voice page.
Capabilities delivered in the most recent technical preview
The following are the capabilities delivered with the most recent Configuration Manager technical preview release. Capabilities that were available in a previous version of the technical preview remain available in later versions. Similarly, capabilities that have been added to the Configuration Manager current branch remain available in technical preview releases. Click through to the content for each preview version to learn more about a specific capability.
Technical Preview version 1806.2
- Improvements to phased deployments
- Support for new Windows app package formats
- Improvement to client push security
- Management insights for proactive maintenance
- Transition mobile apps workload for co-managed devices
- Boundary group options for peer downloads
- Third-party software updates support for custom catalogs
- Improvements to cloud management features
- New software updates compliance report
Capabilities delivered in recent supported technical previews
The following are the capabilities delivered with previous versions of the Configuration Manager technical preview release that are still supported.
|Capability||Technical Preview version||Current Branch version|
|Third-party software updates||Tech Preview 1806|
|Configure Windows Defender SmartScreen settings for Microsoft Edge||Tech Preview 1806|
|Sync MDM policy from Microsoft Intune for a co-managed device||Tech Preview 1806|
|Transition Office 365 workload to Intune using co-management||Tech Preview 1806|
|Package Conversion Manager||Tech Preview 1806|
|Deploy software updates without content||Tech Preview 1806|
|Office Customization Tool integration with the Office 365 Installer||Tech Preview 1806|
|Improvements to cloud management gateway||Tech Preview 1806|
|Improvements to secure client communications||Tech Preview 1806|
|Software Center infrastructure improvements||Tech Preview 1806|
|Provision Windows app packages for all users on a device||Tech Preview 1806|
|Improvements to the Surface dashboard||Tech Preview 1806|
|Hardware inventory default unit revision||Tech Preview 1806|
|Create a phased deployment with manually configured phases for a task sequence||Tech Preview 1805|
|Cloud distribution point support for Azure Resource Manager||Tech Preview 1805|
|Take actions based on management insights||Tech Preview 1805|
|Transition device configuration workload to Intune using co-management||Tech Preview 1805|
|Enable distribution points to use network congestion control||Tech Preview 1805|
|Cloud management dashboard||Tech Preview 1805|
|CMPivot||Tech Preview 1805|
|Improved secure client communications||Tech Preview 1805|
|Improvements for enabling third-party software update support||Tech Preview 1805|
|Improvements to Windows 10 in-place upgrade task sequence||Tech Preview 1805|
|CMTrace installed with client||Tech Preview 1805|
|Improvement to the Configuration Manager console||Tech Preview 1805|
|Improvements to console feedback||Tech Preview 1805|
|Improvements to PXE-enabled distribution points||Tech Preview 1805|
|Improvement to hardware inventory for large integer values||Tech Preview 1805|
|Improvement to WSUS maintenance||Tech Preview 1805|
|Improvement to support for CNG certificates||Tech Preview 1805|
|Configure a remote content library for the site server||Tech Preview 1804|
|Submit feedback from the Configuration Manager console||Tech Preview 1804|
|Support Center||Tech Preview 1804|
|Configuration Manager Toolkit||Tech Preview 1804|
|Uninstall application on approval revocation||Tech Preview 1804|
|Exclude Active Directory containers from discovery||Tech Preview 1804|
|Specify the visibility of the Application Catalog website link in Software Center||Tech Preview 1804|
|Filter automatic deployment rules by software update architecture||Tech Preview 1804|
|Improvements to OS deployment||Tech Preview 1804|
|Pull-distribution points support cloud distribution points as source||Tech Preview 1803|
|Partial download support in client peer cache to reduce WAN utilization||Tech Preview 1803|
|Maintenance windows in Software Center||Tech Preview 1803|
|Custom tab for webpage in Software Center||Tech Preview 1803|
|Enable third party software update support on clients||Tech Preview 1803|
|Enable copy/paste of asset details from monitoring views||Tech Preview 1803|
|SCAP Extensions||Tech Preview 1803|
Capabilities delivered in previous technical previews
The following are specific capabilities delivered with previous versions of the Configuration Manager technical preview release. These capabilities remain available in later versions, but are not yet available in a current branch release.
|Capability||Technical Preview version|
|Improvements to PXE-enabled distribution points||Tech Preview 1802|
|Product lifecycle dashboard||Tech Preview 1802|
|Client-based PXE responder service||Tech Preview 1712|
|Site server role high availability||Tech Preview 1706|
|PXE network boot support for IPv6||Tech Preview 1706|
|Use Azure Active Directory||Tech Preview 1702|
|Compliance assessment for Windows Update for Business updates||Tech Preview 1702|
|OData endpoint data access||Tech Preview 1612|
|Improvements to Asset Intelligence||Tech Preview 1608|
|End users can install apps from the Company Portal||Tech Preview 1605|