At last the wait is over, Microsoft released newest version of SCCM /ConfigMgr and this will be known as SCCM/ConfigMgr Current Branch (CB). SCCM CB will get updated every quarter along with Windows 10. It will be called SCCM 1511.
The version of SCCM won’t be called as SCCM/ConfigMgr 2016 as I mentioned in the previous blog post here (What is the Next Version of SCCM ConfigMgr As A Service). To avoid confusion, I must mention, don’t get confused with SCCM 2016, we don’t know whether there would be something called SCCM 2016 or 2017.
This version is the current branch of SCCM and this will get updates every 4 months. Download SCCM/ConfigMgr 1511 (not 2016) from MSDN here , Microsoft Evaluation Center and Volume Licensing Service Center.. I installed the SCCM 1511 version in the lab and it has few new options enabled which were not there in SCCM vNext Technical Preview versions. One of them is install SCCM/ConfigMgr CAS (Central Administration Site) server.
CAS is not required for most of our organizations as SCCM 1511 primary server can support up to 200000 clients (200K). I’m escaped from CAS now !! What a relief. More details about SCCM 1511 here ConfigMgr team blog.
I would suggest to go with single SCCM 1511 primary server if at all your client count is near to 200k as we have an option to add SCCM/ConfigMgr 1511 CAS server afterwards. Following is the option to add CAS into your environment afterwards. The option is called “Join the Primary Site to an existing Hierarchy”.Another important point you need to take care during the SCCM 1511 primary/CAS server installation is “Usage Data (telemetry)”. The telemetry (Usage Data) helps SCCM 1511 to collect the data over internet to improve the product quality, installation/upgrade experience of SCCM application. All the usage data send to Microsoft will be encrypted and there won’t be anything from which Microsoft can identify the customer details. All the data will be hashed. More details in the TechNet article here.
Choose and Control option is there in the above Wizard where you can select the options of usage data like 1. Basic, 2. Enhanced and 3.Full. Basic level data includes data about the SCCM hierarchy, this data will intern help to improve installation and upgrade experience. Example data collected would be site data, operating system version, time zone, Site roles, site numbers, DB performance metrics and details of SCCM features enabled in SCCM site.
Another new feature is to keep SCCM/ConfigMgr updated/up to date by connecting the on prem SCCM infrastructure to ConfigMgr /SCCM cloud service. As I mentioned in the previous blog post here, this will help to upgrade and update SCCM / ConfigMgr environment very easily.
One another important point I’ve noticed with SCCM/ConfigMgr 151 prerequisite checks are :- AD system management container permission related warning (known bug) in pre requisite check seems to be fixed in the latest version of SCCM / ConfigMgr 1511.