In this article, we will explore the new features of the ConfigMgr 2210 Technical Preview. We’ll also look at the steps for installing the Configuration Manager technical preview version 2210.
On October 19, 2022, Microsoft released the technical preview of ConfigMgr 2210, which includes many new features. Once a month, the technical preview versions are typically released, and each one comes with updated features. Check out all the installation guides and build numbers of all technical preview releases done so far.
The ConfigMgr technical preview 2210 is a baseline version. A baseline media includes all the setup files required to install SCCM or Configuration Manager. If you want to install Configuration Manager from scratch, then baseline install media is what you need.
The technical preview versions must never be installed in a working environment. That’s because technical preview versions are meant only for test environments. Furthermore, each technical preview version is only active for 90 days before expiring.
The SCCM TP version 2210 is the tenth technical preview release of the year 2022. The two previous technical preview releases were TP 2209 and TP 2208. Before the year 2022 is over, we can expect to see two more technical preview releases, versions 2211 and 2212.
Download SCCM Technical Preview 2210 Baseline version
For new installations, you can download the SCCM Technical Preview version 2210 media using the direct link: MECM2210TP-Baseline or from the Eval center. Download and save the Configmgr_TechPreview2210.exe file to your computer. Extract the Configmgr_TechPreview2210.exe file into a folder, and then run the setup.exe file to set up the Configuration Manager technical preview. Take a look at the complete guide to setting up a new Configuration Manager technical preview lab.
Install ConfigMgr 2210 Technical Preview
The Updates and Servicing node of the Configuration Manager console is where you can find the new technical preview updates. If you don’t see the update, you can download the most recent technical preview update by manually starting “Check for Updates.” Keep an eye on the dmpdownloader.log file in case you have trouble downloading version 2210 of the ConfigMgr technical preview.
You can install technical preview for Configuration Manager, version 2210 using the following steps.
- Launch the Configuration Manager console.
- Go to Administration\Overview\Updates and Servicing node.
- Right-click Configuration Manager Technical Preview 2210 and select Install Update Pack.
The General page of Configuration Manager updates wizard lists the following updates included with version 2210.
- Configuration Manager site server updates
- Configuration Manager console updates
- Configuration Manager client updates
- Fixes for known issues
- New features
For Tech Preview lab, I always exclude running prerequisite check warnings. However, you can choose to run the prerequisite check step before installing the update. Click Next.
On the Features page, select the new features that you want to enable in ConfigMgr technical preview 2210. If you don’t enable them now, these new features can be enabled later from the ConfigMgr console. Select the client update settings which determine the way you update the client agents in your hierarchy. For technical preview builds, select Upgrade without validating. Click Next.
Accept the license terms for installing the ConfigMgr 2210 technical preview and click Next.
Review the settings on Summary tab. On the Completion tab, click Close.
The ConfigMgr Technical Preview 2210 update installation takes roughly around 30-35 minutes. While the update 2210 installs, you can review the cmupdate.log to monitor the installation progress. You can also navigate to Monitoring workspace and right-click Configuration Manager Technical Preview 2210 update and select Shows Status to view the install progress.
Once the ConfigMgr technical preview 2210 update installation is complete, you will be prompted for console upgrade. Click Install the new console version to begin the console upgrade. The new version of console 5.2211.1049.1000 will be installed over the previous version.
SCCM Technical Preview 2210 New Features
The ConfigMgr 2210 Technical Preview version comes with just one new feature which is “Featured Apps in Software Center“. Let’s explore this new feature and understand what it does.
Featured Apps in Software Center
In ConfigMgr Technical preview 2210 release, a new feature has been added which is known as Featured tab in Software Center for displaying featured apps. With the new tab, IT admin can mark apps as “featured” and encourage end users to use these apps. Currently, this feature is available only for “User Available” apps. Furthermore, admins can make the Featured tab of Software Center as default the tab from Client Settings.
If an app is marked as Featured, and it’s deployed to a User Collection as an Available app, it will show under the Featured pivot in Software Center.