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Configuration Manager

Microsoft  announced that they had released version 1702 for the Current Branch (CB) of System Center Configuration Manager that includes new features and product enhancements!

Many of these enhancements are designed for organizations that are going through the digital transformation and want to modernize their IT infrastructure, policies and processes. As one of the first steps in this journey, our customers are upgrading to the Current Branch of ConfigMgr, and by doing so, they are starting to gain some benefits such as lower costs, simplified management, and better experience for both users and IT Pros.

 

1702 update includes many new features and enhancements in Windows 10 management and also new functionality for customers using Configuration Manager connected with Microsoft Intune. Here are just few of the enhancements that are available in this update:

  • Support for Windows 10 Creators Update – This version of Configuration Manager now supports the release of upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update. You can upgrade Windows 10 ADK to the latest version for full OS imaging support.
  • Express files support for Windows 10 Cumulative Update – Configuration Manager now supports Windows 10 Cumulative Update using Express files. For details see Manage Express installation files for Windows 10 updates.
  • Deploy Office 365 apps to clients – Beginning in version 1702, from Office 365 Client Management dashboard, you can start the Office 365 Installer that lets you configure Office 365 installation settings, download files from Office Content Delivery Networks (CDNs), and deploy the files as an application in Configuration Manager. For details, see Manage Office 365 ProPlus updates.
  • Customize high-risk deployment warning – You can now customize the Software Center warning when running a high-risk deployment, such as a task sequence to install a new operating system.
  • Close executable files at the deadline when they would block application installation – If executable files are listed on the Install Behavior tab for a deployment type and the application is deployed to a collection as required, then a more intrusive notification experience is provided to inform the user, and the specified executable files will be closed automatically at the deadline.
  • Conditional access for PCs managed by System Center Configuration Manager – Now production ready in update 1702, with conditional access for PCs managed by Configuration Manager, you can restrict access to various applications (including but not limited to Exchange Online and SharePoint online) to PCs that are compliant with the compliance policies you set.

This release also includes new features for customers using Configuration Manager connected with Microsoft Intune. Some of the new feature include:

  • Android for Work support – You can now enroll devices, approve and deploy apps, and configure policies for devices with Android for Work.
  • Lookout threat details – You can view threat details as reported by Lookout on a device.
  • Apple Volume Purchase Program (VPP) enhancements – You can now request a policy sync on an enrolled mobile device from the Configuration Manager console.
  • Additional iOS configuration settings – We added support for 42 iOS device settings for configuration items.

For more details and to view the full list of new features in this update check Microsoft’s Docs on their What’s new in version 1702 of System Center Configuration Manager documentation.