Removed and deprecated features for Configuration Manager

Applies to: Configuration Manager (current branch)

This article lists the features that are deprecated or removed from support for Configuration Manager. Deprecated features will be removed in a future update. These future changes might affect your use of Configuration Manager.

This information is subject to change with future releases. It might not include each deprecated Configuration Manager feature.

Deprecated features

The following features are deprecated. You can still use them now, but Microsoft plans to end support in the future.

Feature Deprecation first announced Planned end of support
Windows Information Protection July 2022 TBD
Upgrade from any version of System Center 2012 Configuration Manager to current branch. For more information, see Upgrade to Configuration Manager current branch April 2022 Version 2303
The Configuration Manager client for macOS and Mac client management. For more information, see Supported clients: Mac computers. Migrate management of macOS devices to Microsoft Intune. For more information, see Deployment guide: Manage macOS devices in Microsoft Intune. January 2022 December 31, 2022
The site system roles for on-premises MDM and macOS clients: enrollment proxy point and enrollment point. January 2022 December 31, 2022
The Microsoft Store for Business and Education. For more information, see Manage apps from the Microsoft Store for Business and Education with Configuration Manager. November 2021 The first release after March 1, 2023
Asset intelligence. For more information, see Asset intelligence deprecation. November 2021 The first release after November 1, 2022
On-premises MDM. For more information, see On-premises MDM in Configuration Manager. November 2021 The first release after November 1, 2022
Desktop Analytics. For more information, see What's new in Desktop Analytics. November 2021 November 30, 2022
Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) Graph API and Azure AD Authentication Library (ADAL), which is used by Configuration Manager for some cloud-attached scenarios. If you use cloud-attached features such as co-management, tenant attach, or Azure AD discovery, starting June 30, 2022, these features may not work correctly in Configuration Manager version 2107 or earlier. Stay current with Configuration Manager to make sure these features continue to work. For more information, see CMG FAQ. July 2021 June 30, 2022
The BitLocker management implementation for the recovery service has changed. The legacy MBAM-based service is replaced by the messaging processing engine on the management point. March 2021 The first release after May 2022
Older style of console extensions that haven't been approved in the Console Extension node, will no longer be supported. For more information about new console extensions, see Manage console extensions. April 2021 TBDNote 1
Sites that allow HTTP client communication. Configure the site for HTTPS or Enhanced HTTP. For more information, see Enable the site for HTTPS-only or enhanced HTTP. March 2021 The first release after November 1, 2022
The geographical view in the Site Hierarchy node of the Monitoring workspace in the Configuration Manager console. August 2020 TBD
The implementation for sharing content from Azure has changed. Use a content-enabled cloud management gateway. Starting in version 2107, you can't create a traditional cloud distribution point. February 2019 The first release after October 5, 2022
Cloud management gateway and cloud distribution point deployments with Azure Service Manager using a management certificate. For more information, see Plan for CMG. November 2018 The first release after October 5, 2022

Note 1: Support removed TBD

The specific timeframe is to be determined (TBD). Microsoft recommends that you change to the new process or feature, but you can continue to use the deprecated process or feature for the near future.

Unsupported and removed features

The following features are no longer supported. In some cases, they're no longer in the product.

Feature Deprecation first announced Support removed
The ability to deploy a cloud management gateway (CMG) as a cloud service (classic). All CMG deployments should use a virtual machine scale set. September 2021 Version 2203
The following compliance settings for Company resource access: Certificate profiles, VPN profiles, Wi-Fi profiles, Windows Hello for Business settings, and email profiles. This deprecation includes the co-management resource access workload. Use Microsoft Intune to deploy resource access profiles. For more information, see Frequently asked questions about resource access deprecation. March 2021 Version 2203
Desktop Analytics data for Windows 7, Windows 8, and earlier versions of Windows 10 that don't support the Windows diagnostic data processor configuration. July 2021 January 31, 2022
Third-party add-ons that use Microsoft .NET Framework version 4.6.1 or earlier, and rely on Configuration Manager libraries. Such add-ons need to use .NET 4.6.2 or later. For more information, see External dependencies require .NET 4.6.2. September 2021 Version 2111
Log Analytics connector for Azure Monitor. This feature is called the OMS Connector in the Azure Services node. November 2020 Version 2107
Microsoft Edge legacy browser profiles. For more information, see New Microsoft Edge to replace Microsoft Edge Legacy with April’s Windows 10 Update Tuesday release March 2021 April 2021
The collection evaluation viewer, which was integrated in version 2010. November 2020 Version 2103
Desktop Analytics tile and page for Security Updates December 2020 March 2021
Desktop Analytics option to View recent data for device enrollment and security updates. For more information, see Data latency. May 2020 July 2020
Windows Analytics and Upgrade Readiness integration. For more information, see KB 4521815: Windows Analytics retirement on January 31, 2020. October 14, 2019 January 31, 2020
Device health attestation assessment for conditional access compliance policies For more information, see What happened to hybrid MDM. July 3, 2019 Version 1910
The Configuration Manager Company Portal app May 21, 2019 Version 1910
The application catalog, including both site system roles: the application catalog website point and web service point. For more information, see Remove the application catalog. May 21, 2019 Version 1910
Certificate-based authentication with Windows Hello for Business settings in Configuration Manager
For more information, see Windows Hello for Business settings.
December 2017 Version 1910
System Center Endpoint Protection for Mac and Linux
For more information, see End of support blog post.
October 2018 December 31, 2018
On-premises conditional access
For more information, see What happened to hybrid MDM.
January 30, 2019 September 1, 2019
Hybrid mobile device management (MDM)
For more information, see What happened to hybrid MDM.

Starting with the 1902 Intune service release, expected at the end of February 2019, new customers can't create a new hybrid connection.
August 14, 2018 September 1, 2019
Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) extensions.
September 2018 Version 1810
The Silverlight user experience for the application catalog website point is no longer supported. Users should use the new Software Center. For more information, see Configure Software Center. August 11, 2017 Version 1806
The previous version of Software Center.

For more information about the new Software Center, see Plan for and configure application management.
December 13, 2016 Version 1802
Management of Virtual Hard Disks (VHDs) with Configuration Manager.

This deprecation includes removal of options to create a new VHD or manage a VHD using a task sequence, and the removal of the Virtual Hard Disks node from the Configuration Manager console.

Existing VHDs are not deleted, but are no longer accessible from within the Configuration Manager console.
January 6, 2017 Version 1710
Task sequences:
- Convert Disk to Dynamic
- Install Deployment Tools
November 18, 2016 Version 1710
Upgrade Assessment Tool

The Upgrade Assessment Tool depends on both Configuration Manager and the Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) 6.x. The final version of ACT was shipped in the Windows 10 v1511 ADK. As there are no further updates to ACT, support for the Upgrade Assessment Tool is discontinued. Deprecation notice was added to the download page for UAT on September 12, 2016.
September 12, 2016 July 11, 2017
Software update points with a network load balancing (NLB) cluster February 27, 2016 Version 1702
Task sequences:
- OSDPreserveDriveLetter

During an operating system deployment, by default, Windows Setup now determines the best drive letter to use (typically C:). If you want to specify a different drive to use, you can change the location in the Apply Operating System task sequence step. Go to the Select the location where you want to apply this operating system setting. Select Specific logical drive letter and choose the drive that you want to use.
June 20, 2016 Version 1606
Network Access Protection (NAP) - as found in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager July 10, 2015 Version 1511
Out of Band Management - as found in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager October 16, 2015 Version 1511

WINS

Windows Internet Name Service (WINS) is a legacy computer name registration and resolution service. It's a deprecated service. You should replace WINS with Domain Name System (DNS). For more information, see Windows Internet Name Service (WINS).

Out of Band Management

With Configuration Manager, native support for AMT-based computers from within the Configuration Manager console has been removed.

  • AMT-based computers remain fully managed when you use the Intel SCS Add-on for Configuration Manager. The add-on provides you access to the latest capabilities to manage AMT, while removing limitations introduced until Configuration Manager could incorporate those changes.

  • Out of Band Management in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager is not affected by this change.

Network Access Protection

Configuration Manager has removed support for Network Access Protection. The feature has been deprecated in Windows Server 2012 R2, and is removed from Windows 10.

For network access protection alternatives, see the Deprecated functionality section of Network Policy and Access Services Overview.

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