SCCM Updates

What's new in SCCM 1810?

Here are the highlights of SCCM 1810 available in a nutshell:

Available as an inconsole update: applicable for upgrade from versions 1710/1802/1806 only.

Software Updates:

You can create phased deployment of software updates: with a coordinated rollout of software based on customizable criteria and groups.

Improvement to maintenance windows for software updates

The following client setting is in the Software Updates group to control the installation behavior of software updates in maintenance windows:

Enable installation of updates in "All deployments" maintenance window when "Software update" maintenance window is available

By default, this option is No to keep consistent with the existing behavior. Change it to Yes to allow clients to use other available maintenance windows to install software updates.

Deprecated features and operating systems

Some features and items are deprecated. Learn more.

Support for System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) for Mac and Linux (all versions) ends on December 31, 2018.

Availability of new virus definitions for SCEP for Mac and SCEP for Linux may be discontinued after the end of support.

Classic service deployments in Azure are now deprecated in Configuration Manager.

You can now start using Azure Resource Manager deployments for the cloud management gateway and the cloud distribution point.

Site Infrastructure

Configuration Manager now supports Windows Server 2019 and Windows Server, version 1809, as site systems. Learn more here

Central administration sites and child primary sites can now have an additional site server in passive mode.

When you install or update to version 1810, Configuration Manager setup now includes or improves the prerequisite checks:

Pending system restart

SQL change tracking cleanup

Site system on Windows cluster node

Content management

New Boundary group options:

  • Prefer distribution points over peers with the same subnet: By default, the management point prioritizes peer cache sources at the top of the list of content locations. This setting reverses that priority for clients that are in the same subnet as the peer cache source.
  • Prefer cloud distribution points over distribution points: If you have a branch office with a faster internet link, you can now prioritize cloud content.


Client management

You can now wake up clients from the Configuration Manager console, even if the client isn't on the same subnet as the site server.

Improvements to collection evaluation

  • When you configure a schedule on a query-based collection, the site clears the schedule when you disable the collection setting. To specify a schedule for collection evaluation, enable the option to 'Schedule a full update on this collection'.
  • You can't disable the evaluation of built-in collections like All Systems, but now you can configure the schedule. This behavior allows you to customize this action at a time that meets your business requirements


When installing the Configuration Manager client, the ccmsetup process contacts the management point to locate the necessary content. The management point returns distribution points based on boundary group configuration.

Co Management

You can now define compliance policy rules in Configuration Manager for required applications. This app assessment is part of the overall compliance state sent to Microsoft Intune for co-managed devices.

Improvement to co-management dashboard

  • The Co-management enrollment status tile includes additional states
  • A new Co-management status tile with a funnel chart shows states of the enrollment process
  • A new tile with counts of Enrollment errors


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Application Management

Convert applications to MSIX format: You can convert your existing Windows Installer (.msi) applications to the MSIX format.

Repair applications:

Specify a repair command line for Windows Installer and Script Installer deployment types. Then if you enable the option on the deployment, a new button is available in Software Center to Repair the application. Refer here for creating and deploying applications.

Approve application requests via email:

When a user requests an application, you receive an email. You can now click on the links in the email to approve or deny the request, without requiring the Configuration Manager console.

Detection methods don't load Windows PowerShell profiles

You can use Windows PowerShell scripts for detection methods on applications and settings in configuration items. When these scripts run on clients, the Configuration Manager client now calls PowerShell with the -NoProfile parameter. This option starts PowerShell without profiles.


Improvement to lifecycle dashboard: includes information for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and later.

Synchronize more tables from the site database to the data warehouse. Learn more

SCCM Updates

Latest updates in Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager(SCCM) Technical Preview SCCM 1810.2

This section discusses the latest feature updates from Microsoft SCCM. Technical Previews list features that are being worked upon by Microsoft SCCM and are available for SCCM users for a pre-run. The complete features are furnished in the Generally Available(GA) version.

Capabilities in Technical Preview 1810.2:

  1. Improvements to Collection evaluation: When you configure a schedule on a query-based collection, the site clears the schedule when you disable the setting Schedule a full update on this collection. To specify a schedule for a collection evaluation, enable the option to schedule a full update.

    When you update your site, for any existing collection on which you specified a schedule, the site enables the option to Schedule a full update on this collection. While this configuration may not be your intent, it was the actual behavior. To stop the site evaluating a collection on a schedule, disable this option.

    You can now configure the schedule of built-in collections like All Systems. This behavior allows you to customize this action at a time that meets your business requirements.

  2. Configuration Manager administrator's authentication: Specify the minimum authentication levels for admins to access SCCM sites.
    • Windows Authentication: Requires AD domain credentials.
    • Certificate Authentication: Valid certification issued by a trusted Public Key Infrastructure(PKI)
    • Windows Hello for Business authentication: Two factor authentication along with a PIN. Learn more about Windows Hello for Business Settings

    Go to Hierarchy Settings -> Authentication Tab

    You can also exclude or allow a set of users depending upon their need access to the ConfigManager console.

  3. Management insights has a new rule Upgrade peer cache sources to the latest version of the Configuration Manager client, part of Proactive Maintenance rule group. This allows you to identify clients that serve as a peer cache source but haven't upgraded from a pre-1806 client version, so you can upgrade them.
  4. Improvements to internet-based client setup:

    Configuration Manager client setup process for clients on the internet. The site publishes additional Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) information to the cloud management gateway (CMG). Learn more here.

  5. Convert applications to MSIX format:

    SCCM 1806 onwards, ConfigManager supports deployment of the new Windows 10 app package (.msix) format. Now you can convert your existing Windows Installer (.msi) applications to the MSIX format. Learn more here.

    You can install MSIX packaging tool from the Microsoft store.

  6. Changes to the wake on LAN behavior:

    New client setting to allow network wake-up, "Allow network wake-up", which you can configure instead of doing it manually. You can now "Only wake up a single device". Using this, you can wake up devices one at a time.

    However, there's no major update regarding third-party updates. For patching third-party applications, ManageEngine Patch Connect Plus offers you the Standard edition for adding third-party update catalogs. Alternatively, you can go for a native SCCM plugin that offers automation, customization in publishing the updates etc.