Join David M. Franklyn for an in-depth discussion in this video Microsoft System Center branches, part of Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager Essential Training.
- [Instructor] System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager was the last full release of the Configuration Manager product. Microsoft announced in the fall of 2015, that the Configuration Manager product's latest revision will be released periodically as needed. These periodic releases will be named after the month and the year of the release, named as YYMM format. The first periodic release was designated 1511, for November 2015. As of this writing the current release is 1702.
When Windows 10 was released, Microsoft formulated a new way to sustain it. Rather than waiting a few years to upgrade the operating system with a new version, such as Windows 11, Microsoft introduced Windows as a service. Windows-as-a-Service is a process where the operating system will be incrementally updated rather than upgraded. This means that changes as simple as fixing a small bug in particular interface, to a profound change including new utilities and even a new look and feel of the over all system, will be incrementally changed as those changes were developed.
Configuration Manager Branch has been designed to use the same Windows-as-a-Service concept. Microsoft released Configuration Manager in different variants. First there was the Current Branch Version. This version is the one that will be released periodically as necessary. The idea is that its new functionality is designed and tested, or other existed functionality is perfected, the bits that make up these changes will be deployed as current Branch releases in that YYMM format.
The next variant is called Long-Term Servicing Branch also known as LTSB. LTSB is not intended for most organizations, rather it is intended for organizations that don't have a current software assurance license agreement with Microsoft for Configuration Manager. LTSB is a static product that will not receive feature enhancements or anything that has external dependencies on a product or service. The release of LTSB is based on the current Branch release 1606.
Microsoft extends support for LTSB until 2026. The last variant is Configuration Manager Technical Preview. The Technical Preview is for use in a live environment where we want to learn about and try out the new features developed for Configuration Manager. Technical Preview isn't supported in a production environment and doesn't require you to have software assurance license agreement. It is based on the most recent baseline versions of the Current Branch and also includes new features that are being developed.
It only receives updates that apply to Technical Preview. It has certain limitations, such as only including the single primary site with up to 10 clients and it cannot be upgraded to Current Branch or LTSB. It also does not support installation as an evaluation edition because it already is one. This video production will be based on Configuration Manager for Current Branch.
- Planning and deploying a standalone primary site
- Ensuring domain and site server prerequisites
- Planning and expanding a standalone primary site
- Planning and deploying a multiple-site hierarchy
- Planning resource discovery and client deployment
- Managing content and replicating data in Configuration Manager
- Configuring Internet and cloud-based client management
- Advanced monitoring
- Upgrading to Configuration Manager current branch