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Recast’s Endpoint Management Recap – Vol. 50

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Welcome to Recast’s Endpoint Management Recap, Vol. 50 – by Daniel Engberg

Hello!

We now leave the year’s shortest month behind us, and I can’t wait for the weather to get warmer and for the light to return to my evenings and mornings.

This month, we have quite a few updates related to the Intune Suite and a new Configuration Manager Technical Preview, with some nice updates for upcoming production versions.

Make sure to check out the links below from Microsoft and our community!

Talk to you again in March.

– Daniel Engberg

Contents – Endpoint Management Recap

events

Upcoming Events

Additionally, check out Recast Software’s Event and Tradeshow page, which compiles noteworthy events for the IT and SysAdmin community taking place around the globe.

endpoint management recap from Microsoft

For February, the highlight is a new Configuration Manager Technical preview version with many new features!

The Configuration Manager Technical Preview version 2401 introduces several new features and updates to enhance efficiency, security, and user experience. These updates include:

  • An Automated Diagnostic Dashboard for Software Update Issues, providing a centralized view for diagnosing and addressing software update problems directly within the console.
  • Centralized Search box in the console streamlines the search experience for admins by allowing them to find necessary information without navigating through multiple sections.
  • The rebranding of Microsoft Azure Active Directory to Microsoft Entra ID is reflected in the Configuration Manager from version 2403 onwards.
  • Enhancements in Deploying Software Packages with Dynamic Variables include a retry count in the UI for administrators, reducing unnecessary notifications of task sequence failures when package versions on the distribution point are updated.
  • Enabling Auto-Image Patching for CMG Virtual Machine Scale Set, automating updates to ensure environments remain current and secure.
  • Windows 11 Readiness dashboard to support Windows 11 23H2, aiding in the preparation for the latest Windows version.
  • A requirement for HTTPS or Enhanced HTTP for client communication, deprecating HTTP-only communication to bolster security.
  • Blocking the upgrade to CM 2403 if CMG V1 is running as a cloud service (classic), urging users to adopt virtual machine scale sets for CMG deployments.
  • Ending support for Windows Server 2012/2012 R2 operating system site system roles starting with version 2403, encouraging users to update their server operating systems for continued support.
  • Bitlocker improvements include verifying key escrow to the database to prevent potential data loss scenarios.

Products

Microsoft Entra ID (Azure AD) [What’s New Page]

Microsoft ConfigMgr [What’s New Page] [Tech Community] [Virtual Hub][MS Q\A][Reddit][Feedback]

Microsoft 365 [What’s New Page]

Microsoft Intune [What’s New Page]

Microsoft Windows [What’s New Page]

Security Alerts and Info [Microsoft Security Portal – Security Update Guide]

endpoint management recap community news

Podcasts / Blog Series / Video Blogs‍

Blog Posts

Intune
ConfigMgr
Windows 11 & 365
Cloud Security
 Other SysAdmin Info
endpoint management recap conclusion

Recast Software recently hosted a webinar on the new 5.4 Release: Leading the Way in Patch and IT Management. Participants:

  • Uncovered new features streamlining IT tasks for quicker and easier operations. 
  • Gained insights into Recast Software’s product strategy and vision. 
  • Saw an exclusive sneak peek of upcoming updates currently in development. 

View the recording below:

We also recently hosted Dr. Larry Ponemon of the Ponemon Institute for a webinar titled “Futureproofing Cybersecurity: Preparing Your IT Team for Evolving Threats.” Watch here:

Check out our newest blog posts:

‍Thank you for checking out Recast’s Endpoint Management Recap – Vol. 50. Stay tuned for more helpful content coming your way next month.

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