Today, we are making available System Center Configuration Manager and System Center Endpoint Protection Technical Preview 3. This third technical preview provides you with a glimpse of even more functionality that will be released in Q4 of this calendar year, bringing with it full support for client deployment, upgrade, and management of Windows 10.
New features available in Technical Preview 3 include:
- Deployment of required applications to Windows 10 devices managed via on-premises mobile device management (MDM) – You now have the ability to deploy required applications to Windows 10 PCs and mobile devices managed via MDM with on-premises Configuration Manager infrastructure. This is in addition to the capabilities that were made available in the first and second technical previews, allowing you to manage Windows 10 devices using Configuration Manager integrated with Microsoft Intune (hybrid) without the need to store your data in the cloud. Note: An Intune subscription is required.
- Cluster-aware settings – Servicing a cluster just became easier! With this third technical preview, you can deploy an update to a cluster while controlling the percent of servers that are online at any given time, and specify actions to run pre- and post-deployment.
- High availability support with SQL Server 2014 AlwaysOn – Using SQL Server 2014 AlwaysOn Availability Groups, you now have improved support for both high availability and disaster recovery for the Configuration Manager database.
- Ability to run software update cleanup tasks – You can now schedule and run Windows Server Update Service (WSUS) cleanup tasks from the Configuration Manager console.
Also included in this technical preview are features that were previously released in the first and second Technical Previews for Configuration Manager.
In addition to this Technical Preview, in May, we also released service packs for Configuration Manager 2012 and Configuration Manager 2012 R2 to deliver support for Windows 10 deployment, upgrade, and management with existing Configuration Manager features.
We hope you enjoy these releases! And if you have a feature request, make sure to share your ideas with us on the Configuration Manager UserVoice site.