Capabilities in Configuration Manager technical preview version 1808

Applies to: Configuration Manager (technical preview branch)

This article introduces the features that are available in the technical preview for Configuration Manager, version 1808. Install this version to update and add new features to your technical preview site.

Review the technical preview article before installing this update. That article familiarizes you with the general requirements and limitations for using a technical preview, how to update between versions, and how to provide feedback.

The following sections describe the new features to try out in this version:

Phased deployment of software updates

Create phased deployments for software updates. Phased deployments allow you to orchestrate a coordinated, sequenced rollout of software based on customizable criteria and groups.

In the Configuration Manager console, go to the Software Library, expand Software Updates, and select All Software Updates. Select one update, and then click Create Phased Deployment in the ribbon. This action is also available from the All Windows 10 Updates and Office 365 Updates nodes.

The behavior of a software update phased deployment is the same as for task sequences and applications. For more information, see Create phased deployments.

Known issues

  • The Create Phased Deployment wizard only provides the option to Automatically create a default two phase deployment.

  • The setting to Gradually make the software available over this period of time (in days) doesn't work.

Improvement to repair applications

A new button is now available in Software Center to Repair an application. When you configure an application with a repair program, users can start the command from Software Center.

For more information, see Repair applications.

Next steps

For more information about installing or updating the technical preview branch, see Technical preview.

For more information about the different branches of Configuration Manager, see Which branch of Configuration Manager should I use?