Monday, 14 December 2015

System Center Configuration Manager (Current Branch) landing page

There's a new kid in town. System Center Configuration Manager 1511 was released a few weeks ago and kick starts the Configuration Manager as a Service era. The traditional 4-5 year gap between major releases is in the past and Microsoft have committed to delivering new versions of Configuration Manager every 4 months. The next one will be Configuration Manager 1603 so I hope you have already worked out where the name comes from (1511 = November 2015, 1603 = March 2016). This is in line with the Microsoft naming convention for Windows 10 Current Branch. Actually the promised rapid release cadence of Windows 10 is in fact one of the main reasons why this new model of Configuration Manager releases has evolved (the other being the ability to keep up with Intune feature releases).

Aaron Czechowski (Senior Microsoft Program Manager, Enterprise Client and Mobility) wrote an excellent blog post on the System Center Configuration Manager Team Blog in which he describes how the new model will work. You can find that blog post here

This will be the landing page for any blogs that I will publish about ConfigMgr. Many of the features are the same as what we are used to with ConfigMgr 2012 so I won't be duplicating this work. You can find this information in my ConfigMgr 2012 landing page

New content for product installation and the configuration of new features will be found on this page. I hope the content will be of use to you.

The GA release of ConfigMgr 1511 was officially announced on the team blog. You can find this blog here

This blog discusses some of the key new capabilities (Windows 10 deployment/upgrade/provisioning, improved unified device management) and provides links to other resources:

Please browse the links below to see my content:

What is the Service Connection Point?
Important change in backup strategy required (CD.Latest)
What's new in MDM
On-premise Mobile Device Management
Windows 10 Provisioning Packages
On premise MDM - deploying apps
Automatically create Microsoft Office mobile apps for iOS and Android
Installing Configuration Manager - Visual Studio Invalid license data. Reinstall is required
New ConfigMgr feature - iOS Activation Lock Bypass
Configuration Manager: in-console upgrade to latest Current Branch
Configuration Manager (CB) Upgrades - what you should not do
ConfigMgr Current Branch - Manage Windows 10 with Configuration Service Providers (CSPs)
ConfigMgr Current Branch - deploy offline apps from Windows Store for Business
ConfigMgr Current Branch - real world migration from ConfigMgr 2012R2
ConfigMgr Current Branch - native integration with Windows Store for Business
Recover a ConfigMgr Current Branch site - my ramblings

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