Support for System Center Configuration Manager current branch versions

Applies to: System Center Configuration Manager (Current Branch)

Microsoft plans to release updates for System Center Configuration Manager current branch a few times per year. Each update version remains in support for 12 months from its general availability (GA) release date. Technical support is provided for the entire 12 months. However, our support structure is now dynamic, evolving into two distinct servicing phases that depend on the availability of the latest current branch version.

  • Security and Critical Updates servicing phase - When running the latest current branch version of Configuration Manager, you receive both Security and Critical updates.

  • Security Updates (Only) servicing phase - After a new current branch version releases, support for older branches will reduce to Security updates only for the remainder of the 12-month support lifecycle (shown in figure 1).

    Figure 1. Example of the release cycle overlap for current branch servicing support.


The latest current branch version is always in the Security and Critical Updates servicing phase. This means that in the event that you encounter a code defect that warrants a critical update, you must have the latest current branch version installed in order to receive a fix. All other supported current branch versions are eligible to receive only security updates. All support ends after the 12 month lifecycle for a current branch version has expired. At that time, customers must update to a supported current branch version.

Version History

Version Availability Date Support End Date
1706 July 31, 2017 July 31, 2018
1702 March 27, 2017 March 27, 2018
1610 November 18, 2016 November 18, 2017
1606 July 22, 2016 July 22, 2017
1602 March 11, 2016 March 11, 2017
1511 December 8, 2015 December 8, 2016

For information about version numbers and availability as an in-console update or as a baseline, see Baseline and update versions.