System Center Configuration Manager 1611 Technical Preview now available !

Introduction

System Center Configuration Manager Technical Preview 1611 is now available, and it offers the following new features:

  • Task Sequence content pre-caching:
    This feature allows you to Pre-cache content on clients for available deployments for OS Upgrade task sequences with conditional steps.
    To enable this, deploy an Upgrade task sequence with a purpose of Available, and on the General tab, select the Pre-download content for this task sequence option as shown below.
    pre-download

Installing Technical Preview 1611

So how do you get Technical Preview 1611 ? Well you can upgrade from a previous installation of Technical Preview (like I did, from TP1610) or you can use the following guide  and replace the base version in the guide (which is TP4)  with this release (TP1610).

Upgrading to TP1611

Once you have a Technical Preview release installed (prior to TP1610), in the Configuration Manager console browse to Cloud Services, Updates and Servicing as shown below.

tp1610

Click on Check for Updates in the ribbon.

check for updates

Click ok the popup.

checking-for-updates

And as instructed open the DMPDownloader.log in CMTrace to monitor the checking of updates. Here you can see Generating state message 6 which highlights that it’s found an applicable update.

generating-state-message-6

and it will be reflected in the console with a state of Available once it has completed downloading. You need to click refresh to update the view.

available

Installing the Update

Right click on the update and choose Install Update Pack.

install-update-pack

when the Wizard appears, make your choice for pre-reqs and click next.

prereqs

review the features included in this update pack

features-included-in-update-pack

Before clicking next at the Client update settings please see this post

client-update-settings

accept the EULA and configure the software assurance expiration date

eula

Microsoft does not validate the expiration date you entered and will not use this date for license validation. Instead, you can use it as a reminder of your expiration date. This is useful because Configuration Manager periodically checks for new software updates offered online and your software assurance license status should be current to be eligible to use these additional updates.

close that wizard when done

wizard-complete

The state should change to Installing in the Configmgr Console.

installing

Note: The CMUpdate.log will take some time to start logging the installation of the update, so be patient if nothing appears to happen, it will.

cmupdateOnce the update is complete, you’ll see a hman notification in the log, don’t worry about those red lines, it’s normal.

hman-notificationAfter the update is complete, you get the chance to update the ConfigMgr Console via a popup,

new-version-of-the-console

and after a while it’s installed

whats-new-in-1611

 

 

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