Feature Comparison Video SCCM ConfigMgr CB 1702 VS 1706 Configuration Manager | Endpoint Manager

Feature Comparison Video SCCM ConfigMgr CB 1702 VS 1706 Configuration Manager | Endpoint Manager. I continue to produce comparison videos with every production release of SCCM CB.

This post helps you go through “Feature Comparison Video SCCM ConfigMgr CB 1702 VS 1706”. The previous week was a busy one because of the SCCM CB preview and production version release.

Being on a business trip didn’t stop me from upgrading my LAB environment to SCCM CB 1706 production version. More details about the upgrade process are available in the following post, “SCCM CB 1706 in-place upgrade video tutorial,” here.

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  • Console – SCCM CB 1706 = Version 1706
  • Console version: 5:00.8540.1300
  • Site Version: 5.0.8540.1000

In the comparison video tutorial, we see what the SCCM console GUI changes are. What are the new nodes added to the 1706 console? Also, we see some deep dives on new features, tools, and settings introduced in SCCM CB 1706 version.

Feature Comparison Video SCCM ConfigMgr CB 1702 VS 1706

Feature Comparison Video SCCM ConfigMgr CB 1702 VS 1706

There are 24 Features in SCCM CB 1706, whereas only 21 in 1702. 3 new features were added in SCCM CB 1706 production release. The important point to note here is some pre-release features are still not ready for production release.

These are Cloud Management Gateway, Server Groups, TS Pre Caching Device Guard, and Client Peer Cache still in pre-release.

NEW FEATURES got introduced in SCCM CB 1706 are:- Create and Run Scripts, Surface Driver Updates, and PFX Create are the new features.

Feature Comparison Video SCCM ConfigMgr CB 1702 VS 1706

Compare the new Tools and Features of SCCM CB 1706

Client Peer Cache support for express installation files for Windows 10 and Office 365.  There are improvements for SQL Server Always On Availability Groups.

Update Reset tool is released with SCCM CB 1706 production version. The CMUpdateReset.exe tool helps to fix issues when in-console updates have problems downloading or replicating content to primary servers.

SCCM CB 1706 production release includes improvements for how software update points work with boundary groups.

Feature Comparison Video SCCM ConfigMgr CB 1702 VS 1706

Improved the integration of SCCM and Azure AD (AAD). These improvements streamline how you configure the Azure services you use with SCCM and help you to manage clients and users who authenticate through Azure AD.

Some new Compliance Settings (Configuration Items) for Windows 10 Intune managed clients. The updated/improved categories are Password, Device, Store, and Microsoft Edge.

Android for Work configuration items for the Allow data sharing between work and personal profile settings descriptions have been updated.

NEW Compliance Policy Rules in SCCM CB 1706 Production Version

The following are very important compliance policies available in SCCM CB 1706 version. Required Password Type – Either Alphanumeric or Numeric are supported for Windows phones, Windows devices, and iOS.

Block USB debugging on Device, Block apps from unknown sources, and Require threat scan on apps compliance policies are supported for Android Devices.

Feature Comparison Video SCCM ConfigMgr CB 1702 VS 1706

New additions in Application Management – SCCM CB 1706

We can deploy PowerShell Scripts from SCCM CB 1706 console. Run scripts on collections of Windows client PCs and on-premises managed Windows PCs. The script runs in nearly REAL TIME on client devices.

NEW MAM Policy setting in SCCM CB 1706 – Block Screen Capture (only for Android), Disable contact sync, and Disable printing.  Software Updates – Manage Microsoft Surface driver updates, and this is ONLY possible when your SUPs are on SERVER 2016.

SCCM CB 1706 Security Improvement

SCCM CB 1706 has the capabilities to deploy Device Guard policy management. Device Guard is a group of Windows 10 features designed to protect PCs against malware and other untrusted software.

References

What’s new in version 1706 of SCCM CB – Here

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Anoop is Microsoft MVP! He is a Solution Architect in enterprise client management with more than 20 years of experience (calculation done in 2021) in IT. He is Blogger, Speaker, and Local User Group HTMD Community leader. His main focus is on Device Management technologies like SCCM 2012, Current Branch, and Intune. He writes about ConfigMgr, Windows 11, Windows 10, Azure AD, Microsoft Intune, Windows 365, AVD, etc……………

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