Wednesday, August 19, 2015

SCCM .vnext Preview 3

Preview 3 for the upcoming major update to SCCM has been released.
Technical documentation can be see here:https://technet.microsoft.com/library/dn965439.aspx

Microsoft has added the following updates:
This release adds the following additional capabilities:
  • Diagnostics and Usage Data
  • Service a server cluster
  • Support for SQL Server AlwaysOn for highly available databases
  • Deploy Windows Business Store applications
  • App deployment to Windows 10 devices with on-premises MDM
  • Compliance settings for Windows 10
  • Improved workflow for creating mobile device configuration items
  • Updates for Windows 10 in-place upgrade
  • Updates for bulk enrollment of Windows 10 devices with on-premises MDM

-----Microsoft Notification follows------
Greetings!
 

We are pleased to announce that the System Center Configuration Manager Technical Preview 3 has been published to the Microsoft Download Center!


 

Please see the recent blog post http://blogs.technet.com/b/configmgrteam/archive/2015/08/19/now-available-system-center-configuration-manager-technical-preview-3.aspx for additional details on the new features that are available and supporting documentation.

 


 

If you have a feature request, please be sure to use the new Configuration Manager UserVoice http://configurationmanager.uservoice.com/ site.

 

Thank you!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

CU1 for SCCM R2SP1 or SCCM SP2

Microsoft has just announced a CU for the latest release of SCCM.
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3074857#/en-us/kb/3074857


One of the most sought after feature is the auto update of the clients after a CU or update has been installed to the infrastructure. 

Key points (see the KB abover for more):

  • Update version of the Endpoint Protection client
  • Task sequence packages are downloaded two times when the "Install software packages according to dynamic variable list" option is selected, and the variable SMSTSPersistContent is set to "False." The package is downloaded one time, deleted, and then downloaded again before the actual installation.
  • Fixing of Windows 10 driver import
  • Debian 8 is added to the list of supported platforms for software distribution.
  • An attempt to create a Microsoft Intune subscription fails when Configuration Manager is installed to the default path or to any path that includes a space in the directory name. Additionally, errors that resemble the following are logged in the SMSDmpDownloader.log

Two Microsoft articles about the CU are now here

http://blogs.technet.com/b/configmgrteam/archive/2015/08/03/now-available_3a00_-cu1-for-configmgr-2012-r2-sp1-configmgr-2012-sp2.aspx

http://blogs.technet.com/b/configmgrteam/archive/2015/08/03/automatically-updating-the-configuration-manager-client.aspx

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Patches for July 2015

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/894199


Be aware MS are re-released a patch from Jan but the KB makes no mentions of it.  I did find it in the SCCM console and the WSUS update release above:


MS15-006: Security Update for Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 (KB3004365)

Locale: All
Deployment: Important/Automatic Updates, WSUS, and Catalog
Classification: Security Updates
Security severity rating: Important
Supersedes: MS15-006 (KB3004365) on Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2
Target platforms: Windows 8.1, Windows RT* 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2
Approximate file sizes:
  • Windows 8.1 update: ~ 1830KB
  • Windows 8.1/Windows Server 2012 R2 x64 update: ~ 2904KB
  • Windows RT 8.1 update: ~ 1765KB
Description:
A security issue has been identified in a Microsoft software product that could affect your system. You can help protect your system by installing this update from Microsoft. For a complete listing of the issues that are included in this update, see the associated Microsoft Knowledge Base article. After you install this update, you may have to restart your system.