Enabling Pre-Release Features in System Center Configuration Manager

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When I was writing my post about Operation Management Suite (OMS) and System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) I realized that one of the many advantages on System Center Configuration Manager Current Branch is the availability of pre-release functionality for testing without having to setup an entire test and dev environment. If you are careful with what you test and your test methodology this can be a big time saver with minimal impact on your production environment.

At the time of this writing there are three Pre-Release features available:

  1. Conditional Access for managed PCs – To help secure Office 365 access and other services on PCs enrolled with Configuration Manager, use conditional access. Conditions that can be used to control access include workplace join, BitLocker, antimalware and software updates.
  2. Server Groups – control settings for software updates in server groups, including the order and percentage of devices that can be updates at any one time including cluster aware updating
  3. Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) Connector – Sync data such as collections from ConfigMgr to OMS

In order to enable pre-release features you need to do the following:

  1. Navigate to the Hierarchy Settings

  2. Consent to use Pre-Release features

  3. Navigate to the features and right-click on the ones that you want to enable

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