Monday, November 23, 2015

Configuration Manager (next Version) and TP4

In case you missed the new ConfigMgr will no longer have a year marker on it.  It will simply be called  (Configuration Manager)  this aligns the product with the Windows 10 release in which it will simply be build code difference as the application slowly evolves.  And as the change is set to evolve, MS should still be on target to release the newest version/changes by the end of the year. 

Just a few days ago another Technical Preview was released with some fixes and new features.

Most notable are some MDM solution and more Windows 10 changes:

New features in this technical preview include:
  • Mobile Device management (MDM): enhanced feature parity with Intune standalone – With this technical preview, many of the MDM features that are supported via Intune standalone (cloud only) are also enabled for Configuration Manager integrated with Intune (hybrid). We will publish additional information later this year about the specific capabilities which will be supported with a hybrid deployment. 
  • Integration with Windows Update for Business – With Technical Preview 4, you have the ability to view the list of devices that are controlled by Windows Update for Business.  
  • Certificate provisioning for Windows 10 devices managed via on-premises mobile device management

More information can be found here:

With all the changes that are due to come quickly, it is recommended that the enterprise users upgrade their environment as soon as the update is released so they can properly manage Windows 10 environments.

Today Gartner released a statement, "Windows 10 is poised to become the most widely installed version of Windows ever, following on the path of Windows XP and Windows 7 before it, according to Gartner, Inc. Gartner predicts that 50 percent of enterprises will have started Windows 10 deployments by January 2017"

I think with this latest TP we see the end of the preview in sight and the realm of Windows 10 deployments set to happen. Hopefully, many companies have been testing with the 90 Trial Version with simply OSD deployments or using MDT.  Either way.  I expect to see a slow uptake in the next 6 months of Windows 10 deployments as more users are use to seeing the technology at home and then later in the office.

Start your application compatibility testing now as to not lose ground when the CIO asks when it can be deployed.