ConfigMgr Current Branch Build 1806–Woot

Current Branch Build 1806 released on the 17th,

Check out the Build 1806 What’s New page for more info:

  • Intune Hybrid is no longer a supported scenario
  • CMPivot is welcomed into the production build, what a smart bit of tech
  • Changes to High Availability, the support of a fully functional additional Primary, we’re closer closer to the day when we can migrate by standing up another Primary and closing down the old one …
  • Management Insights get more loving, this is a handy feature, and good to see it being grown out with even more insights
  • ConfigMgr Toolkit is now included in the build, not as a standalone that requires installation

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  • Exclude AD Containers, a simple exclusion list which allows us to avoid performing discovery and bringing in data that isn’t required, before this we had to put a deny permission rule on these objects individually so as to stop ConfigMgr messing around with them
  • Tooling to easily relocate a Content Library, in preparation for High Availability and other scenarios
  • Cloud DP creation now uses ARM
  • PDP’s can consume from Cloud DP’s
  • DP’s utilise LEDBAT and makes some changes to Boundary Group behaviour
  • Client Push can now default to using Kerberos for authentication
  • Enhanced HTTP site system, ever iterating towards ease-of-use and tighter security around Azure Identity and the Client Management Gateway
  • Azure AD device identity changes so that devices with no user logged in can still communicate with the Site server
  • CMTrace is now installed as part of the client installation, touch!
  • Cloud management dashboard and improvements for the Client Management Gateway
  • Download from CMG, we can retire those Cloud and IBCM DP’s and go for using the DP located on the CMG
  • Co-Management advances
  • Multiple instances of ConfigMgr can now be used on a single Azure tenant, big progress for hosting
  • Phased App deployment, worth checking out and fitting into your app release process, allow a deployment to move through ever-widening stages
  • The Office365 experience has changed, the Office Customization Tool is now integration, this opens up the configuration of O365 way beyond what was capable using the ConfigMgr wizard, it will give administrators access to up to date metadata so as to orchestrate setup better
  • MSIX is here. We’re witnessing the contraction of multiple ways of installing products into one way, or bundle, obfuscating and helping to standardise and lead towards modern apps without sacrificing Win32 apps along the way. It took the Intune PG a very long time to give up and start supporting Win32 apps, and from that we now have a new packaging format
  • Application approval behaviour changes
  • PCM is now integrated, not a huge amount of us use this but when it is used, it’s quite handy to soak up package upgrades to become applications
  • Phased deployment has also been introduced into OSD, check that out, ever widening tiers that let you stop the process at any point along the way, this would definitely have saved a few companies that hit the news due to FORMAT C: /Q accidents
  • Tweaks to the Windows 10 in-place Task Sequence
  • PXE can now be enabled on a DP without the need for WDS, another victim of progress, classy!
  • More progress in dropping the NAA account, in some scenarios it isn’t being used
  • OSD enhancements, around driver package usage and BitLocker
  • Software Center can now handle User apps allowing the App Catalog to be dropped, really, as well as super sexy custom tab
  • WSUS Maintenance now declines updates that are expired, removing them from the scan catalog sent down to the clients, one more helpful aid in reducing the WSUS noise on network
  • And so much more

Check out the What’s New page to see what else the PG gave us at this release.