In this post I will cover awesome MEMCM SCCM 2002 new features. You must first install SCCM 2002 update before you work on these features. Check my previous post which shows how to install SCCM 2002 update.
The ConfigMgr Update 2002 is available as an in-console update. Most of all you must apply this update on sites that run SCCM version 1806 or later.
As of now Configuration Manager 2002 is released for the early update ring. Hence to install this update, you need to run a PowerShell script that gets update 2002 in your console. The update 2002 will be made globally available in coming weeks.
SCCM 2002 New Features List
I will now list all the new features of SCCM 2002 and explain them. For a full list of new features and new improvements in SCCM 2002, click this link.
Microsoft Endpoint Manager Tenant Attach
In Configuration Manager 2002, you can upload your Configuration Manager devices to the cloud service. From there you can take actions from the Devices blade in the admin center.
To use this features, you should ensure the prerequisites are met. In your setup if you have co-management enabled, you can edit co-management properties to enable device upload.
- In the Configuration Manager admin console, go to Administration > Overview > Cloud Services > Co-management.
- Right-click co-management settings and select Properties.
- Click Configure upload tab, enable Upload to Microsoft Endpoint Manager admin center. Click Apply.
Remove a central administration site
A new feature in MEMCM 2002 and probably the most awaited one which allows you to remove CAS. If your hierarchy consists of a central administration site (CAS) and a single child primary site, you can now remove the CAS.
Of course removing CAS from your setup involves that you plan it well. Microsoft has published an article on the prerequisite and process of removing CAS. You can read the article here.
The procedure to remove CAS from your hierarchy involves running Configuration Manager setup on the CAS server. Select Perform site maintenance or reset this site. On the Site Maintenance page, select Remove central administration site.
New SCCM 2002 Management Insight Rules
With every current branch release we often see new management insight rules added. Based on analysis of data from the site database, insight rules provide information about the current state of your environment.
In SCCM 2002, you will find nine new management insight rules in the Configuration Manager Assessment group. I will cover all of them in a separate post, for now here are the nine new rules.
- Active Directory Security Group Discovery configured to run too frequently
- Active Directory System Discovery configured to run too frequently
- Update all sites to the same version
- Active Directory User Discovery configured to run too frequently
- Collections limited to All Systems or All Users
- Heartbeat Discovery is disabled
- Long running collection queries enabled for incremental updates
- Reduce the number of applications and packages on distribution points
- Secondary site installation issues
- Update all sites to the same version
Desktop Analytics Connection Health dashboard
In ConfigMgr 2002, the Desktop Analytics Connection Health dashboard shows the client connection issues. Two new checks have been added.
- Endpoint connectivity checks – If clients can’t reach a required endpoint, you see a configuration alert in the dashboard.
- Connectivity status – If your clients use a proxy server to access the Desktop Analytics cloud service, Configuration Manager now displays proxy authentication issues from clients.
Microsoft Edge Management Dashboard
In SCCM 2002, we have a new dedicated Edge Management dashboard. This feature was also seen in technical preview 2001.
You can use the Microsoft Edge management dashboard to get insights on the usage of Microsoft Edge and other browsers. In addition, following are the useful information that you can view in this dashboard.
- See how many of your devices have Microsoft Edge installed
- See how many clients have different versions of Microsoft Edge installed
- View of the installed browsers across devices
- View of preferred browser by device
Integrate SCCM 2002 and PowerBI Reporting Server
Starting in Configuration Manager version 2002, you can integrate Power BI Report Server with Configuration Manager reporting. This integration gives you modern visualization and better performance.
It adds console support for Power BI reports similar to what already exists with SQL Server Reporting Services. I will publish a separate post on this topic.
Display Boundary Groups for Devices
A new addition in the Devices node where you can display boundary groups. You must first add the new Boundary Group(s) column to the list view and the console now displays the boundary group for every device.
MEMCM 2002 Orchestration Groups
Starting in Configuration Manager version 2002, you can create orchestration groups. This feature is not new because we have seen it previous technical preview builds. Orchestration groups is still a pre-release feature and not a release feature yet.
If you have worked on Server Groups feature, the Orchestration Groups feature is the next version of it. While you enable Orchestration Groups, the site disables the Server Groups feature to avoid any conflicts.
You can create an orchestration group to better control the deployment of software updates to devices. For more details about SCCM orchestration groups, read this post.
SCCM Client Log Collection
Client log collection feature was first seen in technical preview version 1912. However it finally made it to Configuration Manager 2002.
Using the Client Log Collection, you can trigger a SCCM client device to upload its client logs to the site server. This can be done by sending a client notification action from the Configuration Manager console.
To know about the client log collection feature and it’s usage, read this post.