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Update for Configuration Manager current branch, version 1802 is now available

An update rollup for System Center Configuration Manager current branch, version 1802 is now available. This update is available for installation in the Updates and Servicing node of the Configuration Manager console. Please note that if the Service Connection Point is in offline mode, you must re-import the update so that it is listed in the Configuration Manager console. Refer to the Install in-console Updates for System Center Configuration Manager topic for details.

For complete details regarding the update rollup for ConfigMgr current branch v1802, including the list of issues that are fixed, please see the following:

4163547 - Update rollup for System Center Configuration Manager current branch, version 1802 (https://support.microsoft.com/help/4163547)

ConfigMgr – O365 Deployment and Updating Video Tutorial

In January we presented a Software Update Video Tutorial series. This series hosted by Steven Rachui, was focused on the changes to software updates in Configuration Manager current branch. By popular demand we are adding another video tutorial for Office 365 updates. In this latest video Steven Rachui, a Principal Premier Field Engineer demonstrates configuring a deployment of O365 in Configuration Manager and then discusses the options available for delivering updates for that O365 installation using Configuration Manager 2012 and Configuration Manager current branch.

For people who are new to software updates or who want a refresher, Steven has made his Software Updates Foundations series available. The tutorials in the series are:

  • ConfigMgr 2012 – Software Updates – Part I – Introduction and Overview – This video begins a series detailing the Software Update component in ConfigMgr 2012.  Discussion includes comparing differences between ConfigMgr 2007 and ConfigMgr 2012.  Demonstrations also include a general walkthrough of Software Updates components in the console with brief explanation about each.
  •  ConfigMgr 2012 – Software Updates – Part II – Server Configuration – This video focuses on detailing the server-side components, including detailed discussion of the Software Update Point – including data flow and configuration options. Discussion then turns to configuring software updates for deploying, discussing strategies for using software update groups, creating deployment packages and automated deployment rules. The session concludes by reviewing the various client-side configurations that are implemented through site server settings.
  •  ConfigMgr 2012 – Software Updates – Part III – Server – Deep Dive – This video is a deep dive on the server side that investigates the back-end processing that happens when various administrative actions are taken in the console.  Topics covered include the replication of software update metadata and content data.  The session also discusses how information in the console is expressed in the database.
  •  ConfigMgr 2012 – Software Updates – Part IV – Client – This video focuses on the client experience when deploying software updates in several scenarios.  Discussion centers around the client-oriented software update components and gives examples of basic and more advanced deployments to show the user experience.
  •  ConfigMgr 2012 – Software Updates – Part V – Client – Internals – This video is a deep dive into the process of software update scanning and installation.  Demonstrations include a detailed look at the scanning process, a review of log files key to software update deployment and a look at a few key WMI namespaces involved in software update installation.
  •  ConfigMgr 2012 – Software Updates – Part VI – Monitoring Software Updates – This video focuses on monitoring software update deployment and compliance.  Discussion includes the various nodes of the ConfigMgr console, the data available in each and briefly touches the various report options.
  •  ConfigMgr 2012 – Software Updates – Part VII – Automating Software Updates – This video focuses on opportunities to automate routine tasks in software updates.  Specific demos and scripts show automation of software update group maintenance, deployments, maintenance of deployment packages and more.

We would love to hear your suggestions for topics for future series.

Update for Configuration Manager current branch, version 1802 first wave is now available

Administrators who opted-in to the first (early) wave deployment for System Center Configuration Manager current branch, version 1802, have an update available in the Updates and Servicing node of the Configuration Manager console. This update, made available on May 4, 2018, addresses important late-breaking issues that were discovered during the final release process for version 1802. 

For more information, including the issues fixed and the applicability of the update, please read:

4132447 : Update 2 for System Center Configuration Manager version 1802, first wave – https://support.microsoft.com/help/4132447

Configuration Manager 2007 approaching end of support: What you need to know

Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 has a support and servicing lifecycle during which we provide new features, software updates, security fixes, etc. This lifecycle lasts for a minimum of 10 years from the date of the product’s initial release. The end of the lifecycle is known as the product’s end of support. Configuration Manager 2007 reaches the end of its support lifecycle on July 9, 2019. We strongly recommend that you migrate your Configuration Manager 2007 infrastructure as soon as possible to the latest version of Configuration Manager (current branch).

Frequently asked questions

Q1: What does end of support mean for me?

A1: Although Configuration Manager 2007 will continue to function after July 2019 the following conditions will apply to the software:

  • No Microsoft support will be available.
  • No security updates or fixes will be available.

Q2: When does extended support end for Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010?

A2: July 9, 2019. For more information, go to the Support Lifecycle page.

Q3: Will I continue to get definition updates for FEP 2010?

A3: Microsoft plans to discontinue definition, engine, and platform updates for FEP 2010 once the end of support is reached. This discontinuation may occur without any notice.

Q4: What should I do to prepare?

A4: To prepare for end of support, we recommend that you do the following:

  • Review the migration guidance and plan your migration to Configuration Manager (current branch).
  • If you are also running FEP 2010, migrate to System Center Endpoint Protection (current branch)
  • If you have a Premier Support agreement, contact your account team to develop a migration plan. If you don’t have a Premier Support agreement or an agreement with an existing solution provider, you can find a provider at Enterprise Mobility + Security Solution Providers.

Q5: What else should I consider?

A5: Windows 7 and Office 2010 both reach the end of their support lifecycle in 2020. Please review the upgrade options for both products.

For more information please read KB 4096323 Support for System Center Configuration Manager 2007 and Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 ends July 9, 2019.

Update Rollup 2 for Configuration Manager Current Branch 1710 is now available

A second update rollup for System Center Configuration Manager current branch, version 1710, is now available. This update is available for installation in the Updates and Servicing node of the Configuration Manager console. Please note that if the Service Connection Point is in offline mode, you must re-import the update so that it is listed in the Configuration Manager console. Refer to the Install in-console Updates for System Center Configuration Manager topic for details.

For complete information about this update rollup for Configuration Manager current branch v1710, including the list of issues that are fixed, please see the following:

4086143 – Update rollup 2 for System Center Configuration Manager current branch, version 1710 (https://support.microsoft.com/help/4086143)

This update replaces the following previously released updates. If KB4086143 is installed, the previously released updates will no longer appear as applicable in the Updates and Servicing node of the Configuration Manager console:

  • 4057517 Update rollup for System Center Configuration Manager current branch, version 1710
  • 4088970 Automatic enrollment for co-managed device fails in System Center Configuration Manager current branch, version 1710