Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager 2107 has been recently released with lots of new improvements and features. All new features will not be fully functional until unless you update the ConfigMgr client version.
- Global search option is available to search for any object
- Support for Windows Server 2022 and the ADK for Windows 11
- Hardware inventory for client log settings
- Implicit uninstall of applications
- Run Software Updates evaluation from deployment status
- Maintenance window column added under Device collections
- Support for macOS Big Sur
- List third Party updater catalogs
Global search option is available to search for any object
We can now search for any object in SCCM Admin console irrelevant of any category. For example searching for Office with All Objects selected will search everywhere ie application, packages, software update, OS Image, boot images, task sequence, compliance settings, reports etc.
Open Admin console, from top ribbon select tab Search and click All Objects. Under right pane let’s search for the object “Office 2016”. I can see all the objects now
Support for Windows Server 2022 and the ADK for Windows 11
Version 2107 has started supporting Windows server 2022. It is also supporting following ADK version:
Windows 10, version 2004
Check the link for more details.
Hardware inventory for client log settings
We can now enable hardware inventory to collect client log file settings. Client Diagnostics is the class name. Following attributes are added which can be enabled:
- Debug Logging Enabled
- Logging Enabled
- Log Level
- History File Count
- Max Log File Size
This inventory class is not enabled by default. To enable it, navigate to \Administration\Overview\Client Settings, go to property of any existing client settings or Default Client Settings. Select Hardware Inventory and click Set Classes.
Search for CCM_ClientDiagnostics and expand it, you will be able to see the options to enable it.
Implicit uninstall of applications
This is one of my favourite feature. Till date, SCCM administrators have to use 2 separate collection for applications, 1 for install and another for uninstall. But starting onwards Configuration Manager current branch version 2107, implicit uninstall feature is provided. When you remove the device from collection, the application will uninstall.
This feature will work on application deployments where the purpose is set to Required.
Under Admin console, when you deploy application, under Deploy Software wizard, page Deployment Settings, select action as Install, and purpose as Required (don’t select “available”), you will see new option as Uninstall this application if the targeted object falls out of the collection.
Lots of customers were demanding this feature and there was UserVoice created for the same few years ago, which has now been fulfilled.
Run Software Updates evaluation from deployment status
We can now force a single device / group of device to notify devices to run software updates evaluation cycle from Software update deployment status.
Open SCCM console, navigate to \Monitoring\Overview\Deployments, under right pane select and double click existing software update deployment to open Deployment Status, this will show detailed status along with various tab such as Compliant, In progress, error, Unknown Status.
Select any category, where you see any device (to initiate the evaluation), I selected Unknown Status with category Client check passed/Inactive, under Asset Details select the device. Right click and select Evaluate Software Update Deployments.
Maintenance window column added under Device collections
When you navigate to \Assets and Compliance\Overview\Device Collections, you can now enable maintenance window column which is quite handy to view rather than checking maintenance window for individual collection.
Under Right pane, right click and select Maintenance windows to enable the option.
Support for macOS Big Sur
Configuration Manager now supports macOS Big Sur version 11.