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Hello everyone! Update 1610 for the Technical Preview Branch of System Center Configuration Manager has been released. Technical Preview releases give you an opportunity to try out new Configuration Manager features in a test environment before they are made generally available. This month’s new preview features include:

  • Improvements to the notification experience for high-impact task sequence and required application deployments – Task sequence deployments that have a high-impact to the end user, such as operating system deployments for example, now display more intrusive notifications. However, end users can dismiss (snooze) these notifications, and control when they reappear. Any relevant client settings for notification frequency are still honored.
  • Deny previously approved application requests – As an administrator, you can deny a previously approved application request. This prevents new installations of the application To install this application later, users must resubmit a request.  If the application was previously installed, it will not be uninstalled.
  • Filter by content size in automatic deployment rules – Use the content size filter in automatic deployment rules to prevent large software updates from automatically downloading to better support simplified Windows down-level servicing when network bandwidth is limited.
  • Exclude clients from automatic upgrade – When you configure settings to control how clients automatically upgrade, you can now specify a collection to exclude specific clients from the upgrade. This applies to automatic upgrade as well as other methods such as software update-based upgrade. This can be used for a collection of computers that need greater care when upgrading the client.

This release also includes the following new features for customers using System Center Configuration Manager connected with Microsoft Intune to manage mobile devices:

  • Request a policy sync from the admin console You can request a policy sync on an enrolled mobile device from the Configuration Manager console, instead of needing to request the sync in the Company Portal app on the device itself. This is a new action called Send Sync Request in the Remote Device Actions menu, which appears in the ribbon when a mobile device is selected in the Devices node.
  • Windows Defender Configuration SettingsYou can now configure Windows Defender client settings on Intune-enrolled Windows 10 computers using configuration items in the Configuration Manager console. There’s a new setting group called Windows Defender in the Configuration Item wizard. Note that this is supported only on Windows 10 November Update (1511) and above.

Update 1610 for Technical Preview Branch is available in the Configuration Manager console. In addition, we updated the baseline version of Configuration Manager Technical Preview branch available on TechNet Evaluation Center. Now it is based on the Technical Preview Branch version 1610. Baseline bits are used for new installations.

We would love to hear your thoughts about the latest Technical Preview! To provide feedback or report any issues with the functionality included in this Technical Preview, please use Connect. If there’s a new feature or enhancement you want us to consider for future updates, please use the Configuration Manager UserVoice site.

Thanks,

The System Center Configuration Manager team

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System Center Configuration Manager and Endpoint Protection (technical preview branch – version 1610