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On December 8, 2015 we made the latest version of System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) generally available.  Thanks to those of you who have already upgraded! As part of our ongoing commitment to quality and innovation, we are continuously previewing upcoming features with the Configuration Manager community before they are made generally available. These Technical Previews allow you to try new Configuration Manager features in your test environment and provide us with valuable feedback about your experience. Today, we are excited to release update 1601, our latest Technical Preview. We’re looking forward to hearing what you think.

Some of the new features that are available in this update include:

  • Conditional Access for PCs managed by ConfigMgr– Use conditional access capabilities in Configuration Manager to help secure access to Office 365 (Exchange Online and SharePoint online) on PCs that are managed by ConfigMgr. Conditions which can be used to control access are – Azure AD Workplace Join, BitLocker, Antimalware, Firewall, and Software Updates.

  • Online status of devices – Identify at a glance whether a client is online or offline in near real-time in the Configuration Manager console. With updated icons and columns in the console device listings, you can assess the status of clients in your environment to quickly identify problem areas that require attention.

  • New antimalware policy settings – Configure new antimalware settings including protection against potentially unwanted applications, user control of automatic sample submission, and scanning of network drives during a full scan.

This release also includes new features for customers using System Center Configuration Manager integrated with Microsoft Intune to manage mobile devices. Some of the features that you can expect to see are:

  • The ability to set iOS managed app configuration.

  • The ability to include Windows 10 health attestation data as part of overall device compliance check. You can learn more about Windows 10 health attestation, in this TechNet article.

  • Manage and deploy apps purchased through the Apple Volume Purchase Program (VPP) for Business portal.

In order to enable update 1601 for this Technical Preview, go to the “Updates and Servicing” node in your System Center Configuration Manager Technical Preview 4 environment. To find more information about new features and scenarios, go to the “What’s New” area in the admin console. For more technical details on these improvements, check out our TechNet page.

We’re eager to hear what you think about this latest update! To provide feedback or report any issues with the functionality included in this Technical Preview, please use Connect.  If there’s a new feature or enhancement you want us to consider including in future updates, please use the Configuration Manager UserVoice site.


The System Center Configuration Manager team

Configuration Manager Resources:

Documentation for System Center Configuration Manager Technical Previews
Documentation for System Center Configuration Manager
System Center Configuration Manager Forums
System Center Configuration Manager Support

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