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 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 1712 for December of 2017. 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

Important

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:

    • /silent
    • /testdbupgrade
  • 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 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 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 8
    • 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.

Tip

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 1711 - The Configuration Manager Technical Preview 1711 is available as both an in-console update and as a new baseline version. Download baseline versions from the TechNet Evaluation Center.

Providing feedback

We would love to hear your feedback about our technical previews. To submit feedback about the capabilities in each preview, follow the link to our feedback form on the Configuration Manager feedback program page on the Microsoft Connect site.

And, 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 1712

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
Run task sequence step Tech Preview 1711 Version 1710
Allow user interaction when installing an application Tech Preview 1711 Not added
Windows 10 telemetry for Windows Analytics Device Health Tech Preview 1710 Version 1710
Improvements for Software Center icons Tech Preview 1710 Version 1710
Check compliance from Software Center for co-managed devices Tech Preview 1710 Version 1710
Limited support for CNG certificates Tech Preview 1710 Version 1710
Support for Exploit Guard Tech Preview 1710 Version 1710
Improved descriptions for pending computer restarts Tech Preview 1710 Version 1710
Device Guard policy changes Tech Preview 1710 Version 1710
Configure and deploy Windows Defender Application Guard policies Tech Preview 1710 Version 1710
Improvements for deploying PowerShell scripts from Configuration Manager Tech Preview 1710 Version 1710
Improved VPN Profile Experience in Configuration Manager Console Tech Preview 1709 Not added
Co-management for Windows 10 devices Tech Preview 1709 Version 1710

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
Management insights Tech Preview 1708
Surface Device dashboard Tech Preview 1707
Site server role high availability Tech Preview 1706
PXE network boot support for IPv6 Tech Preview 1706
Device Health Attestation assessment for compliance policies for conditional access 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

See Also

What's new in System Center Configuration Manager
Introduction to System Center Configuration Manager