SCCM CB version – Download and Install – Not SCCM 2016

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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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This is the famous progress bar of SCCM/ConfigMgr 1511 primary site installation nothing much changes here.

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 Here we go ! The latest version of System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM/ConfigMgr) 1511.  The version of SCCM/ConfigMgr console is 5.0.8325.1000.

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Site version of the latest SCCM/ConfigMgr release 1511 is 5.00.8325.1000

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17 thoughts on “SCCM CB version – Download and Install – Not SCCM 2016”

  1. Excellent info Anoop. You are the man !!!. The screenshots make it soooo easy to understand. I wonder if you can test any new tabs or features in SCCM 1511 and screenshot them (with functionality discussed) in your future posting – will be great.. Thanks again.

  2. Can you verify or confirm that the Windows 10 Servicing within ConfigMgr 1511 is broken as any attempt for the rules to download the updates result in a certificate error?

  3. I am currently running SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 Version 8239. Can I upgrade the current infrastructure to 1511 or would this need to be a fresh Install?

  4. Hi Anoop,

    I am in need to upgrade my SCCM 2012 R2 to SCCM 1511 but could not get setup dowloaders. can you please guide me over this

    Thank you
    Tejas Patel

    • Hi Anoop,

      I am in need to upgrade my SCCM 2012 R2 to SCCM 1511 but could not get setup Files. can you please guide me over this

      Thank you
      Tejas Patel

  5. What happens if we have a CM 2007 and want to stand up fresh CM2016 on Windows 2016 standard, do we have to create Systems Management folder or will the Systems Management folder from CM 2007 be used for CM 2016 CB 1511?
    We want to keep SCCM CM 2007 up with no disruptions and stand up CM2016 151 CB What hapens to Systems Management container in this instance, NO VLAN’s in place t separate?

    • Hey – No. A separate AD extension is NOT needed for SCCM CB. This is one time activity for a forest and if you already did this for SCCM 2007 then, you are fine.

      Yeah you can segregate the Boundary Groups in SCCM CB that will take of migration of clients in phased manner.

      So you are fine with one VLAN as well


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