New features in ConfigMgr 1703 Technical Preview

Updated!! With the new features in OSD that Aaron Czechowski shared on Twitter! Thanks Aaron, great stuff!

Every time a new Technical Preview of Configuration Manager is released is a late night upgrading and playing around with the new cool features! Last night it was time again TP 1703 was released. One of my favorite small but great feature is the Collapsible groups in the Task Sequence editor 😀 Will make navigating long and complex Task Sequences much easier.

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More OSD news, Secureboot state can also be included in the hardware inventory, great important for Windows 10 deployments.

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Importing a computer is also updated, it is now possible to add the computer to more than one collection, I wish we had that a long time ago!

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The next feature proves how much investment is made in Windows Analytics and that you should look at starting to use these awesome FREE service now! We will be able to control the Commercial ID, Telemetry level and more in Client Settings in Configuration Manager hopefully eliminating the need of running the Windows Analytics script to configure the clients as we do today!

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Next new feature is a new wizard to on board to all Azure Services, the one that exists there in TP 1703 is Windows Store for Business.

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More new features:

PFX certificates for Configuration Manager Windows client computers
Direct links to applications in Software Center
Convert from BIOS to UEFI during an in-place upgrade
PFX certificates for Configuration Manager Windows client computers
Making it possible to deploy .PFX cert to Windows 10 client as well, great and important addition.
Direct links to applications in Software Center
This will make it possible to email or send a link to an application in Software Center to the users. Will have to try it out as well.
Softwarecenter:SoftwareId=*Application Identifier*
Convert from BIOS to UEFI during an in-place upgrade
With the new ADK for Windows 10 creators update it is now possible to convert BIOS-UEFI during an in-place upgrade as well, removing one of the biggest blockers for inplace upgrade. More information:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sccm/osd/deploy-use/task-sequence-steps-to-manage-bios-to-uefi-conversion#convert-from-bios-to-uefi-during-an-in-place-upgrade

For more information on the improvements in Configuration Manager 1703 Technical Preview, check out the product documentation. https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sccm/core/get-started/capabilities-in-technical-preview-1703

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