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Today, we are making available an update for System Center Configuration Manager Technical Preview 3. This update is the first to be delivered through our new “Updates and Servicing” node in the product. Moving forward, this is how you should expect to receive Technical Preview updates. When System Center Configuration Manager becomes generally available in Q4 of this calendar year, we will continue to use this same channel to provide a faster, lighter and easier update experience for new features, bug fixes, and more.

This update also brings with it an early view of some new Configuration Manager capabilities, including:

  • Combined end user portals – A unified portal experience is now available for end users, where all company approved software will be located for end users to discover and install. With this change, applications previously available only in the Application Catalog can now be viewed in the Software Center.

  • Client piloting to preproduction – You can now deploy and test updates to the Configuration Manager client using a pre-production collection while leaving your current client version in use by the remainder of your hierarchy. You can try this scenario with an updated client version that we are releasing as part of this update for testing purposes.

To enable this update, go to the “Updates and Servicing” node in your System Center Configuration Manager Technical Preview 3 environment. If don’t see the update in your console, see the TechNet documentation here which provides a workaround.

We hope you enjoy this update and would love to hear your feedback! Your feedback greatly helps us plan and improve our future updates and releases. To report any issues you encounter with the latest features included in this update to Technical Preview 3, please use Connect. And if you would like to request a new feature or enhancement, you can share your ideas with us on the Configuration Manager UserVoice site.

Thanks,

The System Center Configuration Manager Team

Configuration Manager Resources

Documentation for System Center Configuration Manager Technical Previews
Documentation for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Forums
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Survival Guide
System Center Configuration Manager Support

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