SCCM How to Hide Tabs in New Software Center Customization

SCCM How to Hide Tabs in New Software Center Customization? SCCM CB 1708 has introduced new features into software center customization. Earlier, enterprise-level customization of software centers was possible only with Intune subscription.

With the new software center feature, you can customize the software center without Intune subscription. In the post, we will see SCCM CB How to Hide Tabs in New Software Center.

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The First step to getting new customization options in Software Center?

In the future version of SCCM CB, the Software center can be customized as per your enterprise customer requirement. The first step toward using new customization features is to enable a new software center policy in client settings.

Also, you need to be aware that “Application Catalog” website support ends with the first update released after June 1, 2018. More details here.

Ensure you enable the client setting policy for “New Software Center”. SCCM team already documented that the previous version of Software Center will no longer be available. The new policy can be enabled via client settings, Computer Agent > Use new Software Center.

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What are the new features coming up in the SCCM CB Software center?

SCCM Admins can add enterprise branding elements to the software center. Also, this will help to specify the visibility of each tab on the Software Center.

These options are available only with the preview version of SCCM CB 1708. I assume that these features (even more) will be available in the next production release of SCCM CB 1710.

  • Set Software Center specific company name
  • Change/Set a Software Center color theme
  • Set a company logo
  • Hide/Disable tabs on Software Center for SCCM client devices
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What is the recommendation on implementing Software Center Changes?

The Recommendation is NOT to change default client setting policies. It’s better to create a new custom client setting policy for testing new features of the software center and deploy it to pilot client devices. Once tried and confirmed everything is OK with the testing of new software center features, then you can deploy it to all number of SCCM CB client devices.

More details about Logo setting in SCCM CB New Software Center

Specify settings that apply to all clients in the hierarchy and can be modified by custom settings. You may disable new features for some set of client devices. You have to NO for the following location “Select these new settings to specify company information”.

I could see that the following 3 settings of the new software center are getting disabled when I set NO to the “Select these new settings to specify company information” policy. When you put this policy to YES, you can set Company Name, color Scheme for the Software center can be selected from this option.

Ensure that you have the correct logo dimension and size as per the following description. Select a logo for the software center – Maximum dimensions are 100×400 pixels, and the file cannot be larger than 750 kb in size. This is the information for the 1708 preview version of SCCM CB.

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How to Hide/Disable Options tab in SCCM Software Center

Yes, it is easy to disable or hide the options tab in SCCM CB’s new software center. This option is part of the client setting policy. When you don’t want to give users the option to change their work hours settings, then it’s better to disable or hide the software center options tab from client devices.

You can disable or hide other tabs of the software center as per your requirements. If you don’t want a user to see the Software update installations, then you can disable the UPDATES tab in the software center and the same for all the tabs mentioned in the below list.

Select NO to make tabs DISABLE or HIDE in the new Software Center for SCCM CB client devices. At least one tab must be set to be visible or should be enabled.

  • Disable Applications tab
  • Disable Updates tab
  • Disable Operating Systems tab
  • Disable Installation Status tab
  • Disable Device compliance tab
  • Disable Options tab
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End-User Experience of New Software Center in Windows 10

I have disabled the Updates, Operating system, and Options tabs for my testing. Also, I have changed the color theme of the new software center and deployed the client setting policies to Windows 10 devices.

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The user on that device can see only three tabs in the Software center, and those are Applications, Installation status, and Device Compliance. 

References

  • SCCM CB Software Center customization Preview – here
  • Future of old version of Software Center – 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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