In this post, you will see the list of features released in ConfigMgr 2105 Technical Preview. Microsoft released the latest technical preview, version 2105 of Configuration Manager. The technical preview introduces new functionality that Microsoft is working on and features that aren’t yet included in the current branch of Configuration Manager.
Features that were available in a previous version of the technical preview remain available in later versions. Similarly, features added to the Configuration Manager Production Version 2103 remain available in the technical preview branch.
📢2103 is the latest baseline version of Configuration Manager (a.k.a SCCM) Supported to use for the production environment. To better align with other releases within Microsoft Endpoint Manager, starting this year, the current branch version names will be 2103, 2107, and 2111. They will still release every four months and release at the same time of the year.
Let’s try out all exciting added features, help the Configuration Manager product team, and continuously work for us to provide them your valuable feedback about the new features in the technical preview before the Microsoft product team finalizes the features.
Important ⚠️- The technical preview branch of Configuration Manager is not supported for use in a production environment. The technical preview is licensed for use only in a lab environment.
Download Technical Preview
When you install a new technical preview site, use the latest baseline version. After installing a baseline version, use in-console updates to bring your installation up to date with the most recent Technical preview version 2105.
ConfigMgr Technical Preview builds installation is active for 90 days before it becomes inactive. You need to install the available new technical preview updates within 90 days before the technical preview build expires. Typically, new versions of the technical preview are available each month.
The latest version of Configuration Manager Technical Preview is baseline version 2103. Download the latest ConfigMgr Technical Preview Baseline Build – Microsoft Endpoint Manager Configuration Manager Technical Preview
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ConfigMgr 2105 Technical Preview Features
Enhanced code editor
Building on improvements in Configuration Manager 2010 for syntax highlighting and code folding, you now have the ability to edit scripts in an enhanced editor. The new editor supports syntax highlighting, code folding, word wrap, line numbers, and find and replace. The new editor is available in the console wherever scripts and queries can be viewed or edited.
The new code editor supports the following features:
- Editor mode with syntax highlighting and plain text toggle
- Toggle word wrap and line numbers
- Code folding
- Language selection
- Find, Find and Replace, and Go To line number
- Font type and size selection
- Zoom using buttons or with Ctrl + mouse wheel.
- The information bar at the bottom displays:
- Number of lines and characters in the script
- Cursor position
- If the script is read-only
- Persistent settings across instances for the code window, such as code folding, word wrap, and window size.
Select VM size for CMG
When you deploy a cloud management gateway (CMG) with a virtual machine scale set, you can now choose the virtual machine (VM) size. The following three options are available:
- Lab: B2s
- Standard: A2_v2. This option continues to be the default setting.
- Large: D2_v3
This control gives you greater flexibility with your CMG deployment. You can adjust the size for test labs or if you support large environments.
- Set up a CMG with a virtual machine scale set.
- On the Settings page of the wizard, change the VM Size to Lab (B2s). By default, the CMG deploys with the Standard (A2_V2) size.
- Complete the wizard.
Support Center dark and light themes
The Support Center tools now offer dark and light modes. Choose to use the system default color scheme or override the system default by selecting either the dark or light theme.
Set theme for OneTrace
OneTrace is the log viewer with Support Center. It works similarly to CMTrace, with many improvements. To set the theme for OneTrace, follow the steps below :
- Open Support Center OneTrace.
- Select Window then Theme.
- Choose either the System, Dark, or Light theme.
Set theme for all other Support Center applications
To set dark and light theme is available for the following Support Center applications, Open one of the following applications - Support Center Client Tools Support Center Client Data Collector Support Center Viewer Support Center Log File Viewer
- In the upper left corner, select the arrow in the blue box to open the window menu and choose Options.
- F4 is the keyboard shortcut to the Options menu.
- In the Theme section, select either the System, Dark, or Light theme.
- Select Apply.
RBAViewer location change
RBAViewer has moved from
<installdir>\tools\servertools\rbaviewer.exe. It’s now located in the Configuration Manager console directory.
After you install the console, RBAViewer.exe will be in the same directory. The default location is
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Endpoint Manager\AdminConsole\bin\rbaviewer.exe.
Updated SCCM Client Deployment Prerequisite
The Configuration Manager client requires the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable component (
vcredist_x*.exe). When you install the client, it automatically installs this component if it doesn’t already exist. Starting in this release, it now uses the Microsoft Visual C++ 2015-2019 Redistributable version 14.28.29914.0. This version improves stability in Configuration Manager client operations.
Change to internet access requirements
To simplify the internet access requirements for Configuration Manager updates and servicing, this technical preview branch release downloads from
configmgrbits.azureedge.net. This endpoint is already required, so it should already be allowed through internet filters. With this change, the existing internet endpoint for technical preview releases is no longer required:
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