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Yesterday the Configuration Manager 1608 technical preview was released and just love the fact that we get a better end user experience in Software Center, I just had to write this.
One of the new features in Software Center is that we can both see if there are new items and which item is new.

1608 Whats New

And also we have Application request in Software Center and not in the Application Catalog.
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Awesome new feature for the end users!

More new features are, from the blog post: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/enterprisemobility/2016/08/22/update-1608-for-configuration-manager-technical-preview-available-now/

  • Improvements to Asset Intelligence: We have added a field to the properties for inventoried software that lets you set a parent and child relationship with other software. In the Inventoried Software list, you can view the parent of any software and also hide all child software.
  • Improvements to the Prepare ConfigMgr Client for Capture task sequence step: The Prepare ConfigMgr Client step will now completely remove the Configuration Manager client, instead of only removing key information. When the task sequence deploys the captured operating system image, it will install a new Configuration Manager client each time.
  • Keyboard Translation for Remote Control: By default in a remote control session, characters typed on the viewer’s keyboard are sent to the controlled device instead of the keys – whether or not their keyboard layouts match. This behavior may be turned off in the Remote Control viewer Action menu.
Let’s focus on Remote Control, it is great that Remote Control gets some developer love, one thing I would like to see is the possibility to control the startup of the Remote Control Service on all clients from Automatic(Delayed) to Automatic using a Client Setting.
I created a user voice item for it so if you feel the same way, please vote for it here: https://configurationmanager.uservoice.com/forums/300492-ideas/suggestions/15756271-remote-tools-client-setting-to-change-client-ser

The documentation of what is new in Configuration Manager 1608 Technical preview can be found here: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt761995.aspx

Yesterday an update was released to the Technical Preview 3 version of Configuration Manager vNext. A really cool update which is distributed using the new Updates and Servicing feature. First the end-users will love the new Software Center, one unified place instead of two and no more Silverlight!

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The next cool thing in the update is how it is delivered. It is delivered using the new Update and Servicing feature in the Preview. It will look like this. In the console under the Update and Servicing branch we now see that an update is available.
We have two choices, Install Update pack or Run Prerequisite check.

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I choose the Install Update Pack option and here are the screenshots of how it will look like.

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Next is an interesting choice if we want to upgrade all clients directly without testing or use the test new version with a pre-production collection.

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Done! But what happens next? Well the upgrade actually starts and the progress can either be tracked in the console. If we look at the update it is now changed state to Installing and we can in the bottom of the screen we can select Show Status.

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cmvnexttp3u11Really cool, but for us who like to use CMtrace or Notepad if you want instead ;-)

The pre-req part uses the same log files as the setup of Configuration Manager so you can follow it in ConfigMgrSetup.log and ConfigMgrPrereq.log.

For the update installation itself can be tracked and troubleshooted in the following log file, CMUpdate.log

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What about the console on the Configuration Manager Server? It is updated automatically the next time you open the console :-)

The new way to handle this kinds of updates are really cool and it works really well. Well I have only installed it three times but it has worked so far :D