System Center Configuration Manager Technical Preview 1602 is now available !

Introduction

Microsoft is pushing out updates to System Center Configuration Manager Technical Preview at a very fast pace. Less than a month has passed since 1601 was released and now  1602 is available for Technical Preview 4. This outstanding release contains updates for iOS and Android amongst other things (see Whats new below).

Checking for the update

In Configuration Manager Technical Preview 4 version 1601 go to the Updates and Servicing section and click on Check for Updates in the ribbon.

Note: This is not present in 1512 or previous versions, if you are on a previous version then restart the sms_executive component.

check for updates and refreshThis will kick start the dmpdownloader component into action. Use CMTrace to open the dmpdownloader.log available in <ConfigMgr installation path>\Microsoft Configuration Manager\Logs. Look for User requested dmpdownloader sync in the log file to verify you clicked on Check for Updates.

user requested syncOnce an applicable download is found you’ll see something similar to the following in the log file

Generating state message 6 for package 6ebc8427-a4e1-4fd7-a452-8b43c6a4a195

Generating state message 6 for packageThe package GUID will most likely be different for each release. Once the download is determined to be applicable it will be downloaded.

download large file with BITs Once download and extracted it will be made available in the console as state Available.

1602 availableInstalling the update

Right click the update to install it.

Install Update Pack

The wizard will be displayed along with the available options.

tp 1602 wizard

There’s a new feature called iOS Activation Lock Management

ios activation lockSelect your Client Upgrade options

upgrade without validating

Accept the EULA

eula

and review the summary at the completion screen.

completionThe state will now change to Installing in the console.

installingUse CMTrace to check the CMUpdate.log file found in <ConfigMgr installation path>\Microsoft Configuration Manager\Logs for detailed info about the installation of the update.

cmupdate log fileOr click on Show Status in the console to get details about the installation

show status

Which brings you to the Site Servicing Status page, here you must select the update being installed and click on Show Status again.

show status againwhich will show you the Update Pack Installation Status

Update Pack Installation Status

After the update is installed you’ll see this informing you that a new update is available for the Configuration Manager console itself.

new console availableAnd finally it’s installed.

1602 installed

Whats New ?

System Center Configuration Manager Technical Preview 1602 contains the following new features

whats newInplace OS upgrade – New Feature !

Microsoft is showing that once again it listens to uservoice and has added support for inplace OS upgrade of the ConfigMgr site  server from Server 2008R2 to Server 2012R2.

WOW !

support for in place upgradeSync Policies button in Software Center – New Feature !

Yet another uservoice request, now your users can initiate a sync for policy directly in the Software Center.

sync policy

In addition there’s the following new features:

Microsoft Office mobile apps for iOS and Android are pre-created for customers using ConfigMgr integrated with Microsoft Intune.

iOS Activation Lock management capabilities include: enabling, querying for the status, retrieving bypass codes, and performing an Activation Lock bypass on corporate-owned iOS devices.

Related Reading

Update 1601 now available in System Center Configuration Manager Technical Preview

 

 

 

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