Monday, November 1, 2021

Improvements to the Windows Servicing Dashboard in Configuration Manager Technical Preview 2111

Update 2111 for the Technical Preview Branch of Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager has been released. We now display a Windows 11 Latest Feature Updates chart in the Windows Servicing dashboard. The new chart makes it easier to determine how many of your Windows 11 clients are on the latest feature update. 


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This preview release also includes:

Co-management Eligible Devices collection -
There's a new built-in device collection for Co-management Eligible Devices. The Co-management Eligible Devices collection uses incremental updates and a daily full update to keep the collection up to date.


Improvement to app groups - This release resolves one of the known issues for app groups from version 2110. View and managing app groups in the Microsoft Endpoint Manager admin center doesn't require an elevated role. It honors permissions and scopes as defined in Configuration Manager. For example, your user account requires the Approve permission on an app group to approve it for installation from the admin center. This behavior is consistent with applications.


Improvement to task sequence deployment type - Consider the following scenario:

  • An application has a task sequence deployment type.
  • It's deployed as available.
  • A device has maintenance windows defined.
  • A user on the device runs the deployment in Software Center outside of a maintenance window.

Configuration Manager honors the user's intent to install the application, even though there's no available maintenance window. Previously, when the task sequence ran, the Restart Computer step would fail because of the maintenance window.

Based on your feedback, this step now ignores maintenance windows only when the task sequence is run as an app deployment type.


PowerShell release notes preview - These release notes summarize changes to the Configuration Manager PowerShell cmdlets in this technical preview release.


For more details and to view the full list of new features in this update, check out our Features in Configuration Manager technical preview version 2111 documentation. 


Update 2111 for Technical Preview Branch is available in the Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager Technical Preview console. For new installations, the 2110 baseline version of Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager Technical Preview Branch is available on the Microsoft Evaluation Center.  You can also easily provision your Configuration Manager Technical Preview lab in Azure.


Technical Preview Branch releases give you an opportunity to try out new Configuration Manager features in a test environment before they are made generally available.


We would love to hear your thoughts about the latest Technical Preview! Send us feedback directly from the console.


The Configuration Manager team


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