What is end of support?
The Current Branch (CB) of System Center Configuration Manager is governed by the Microsoft Modern Lifecycle Policy. Under the Modern Lifecycle Policy, support will be provided continuously if customers stay current by following the servicing guidelines. For Configuration Manager (CB), each update release is supported for twelve (12) months from its general availability (GA) release date. The first release of the Current Branch, version 1511, was made generally available on Dec 8th, 2015 and will reach its end-of-support date on Dec 8th, 2016. After this date, there will be no more security updates or technical support for Configuration Manager (CB – version 1511).
What does this mean?
It means that you should take action, if you are currently on Configuration Manager (CB – 1511). Microsoft will no longer provide security fixes for this version of Configuration Manager. It is important that you update your hierarchy or standalone primary site to the latest version.
If you are planning to upgrade from System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP2 or System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager SP1 to the Current Branch of System Center Configuration Manager, use the latest baseline release, version 1606. This can be downloaded from Volume Licensing Service Center (search for “System Center Config”). It can also be downloaded from Microsoft Evaluation Center and MSDN.
Frequently Asked Questions
I am running System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1 or System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager. Can I upgrade to the Current Branch of System Center Configuration Manager after Dec 8th, 2016?
The 1606 baseline does not support upgrading from either of these two versions of Configuration Manager. You will first need to upgrade to either System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 2 or System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1 and then upgrade to Configuration Manager (CB - version 1606).