Configuration Manager is consistently evolving, and with its recent 2332 update 2309, several new features and updates were introduced. In this article, we provide a step-by-step guide on how to upgrade Configuration Manager to its latest version.
1. Background Information: The latest Configuration Manager update was announced a few days prior to this guide’s creation. Those who watched the last video might recall the need to fix the PKI infrastructure before proceeding with this upgrade.
2. Key Upgrades:
- A mandatory new SQL ODBC driver for site infrastructure.
- Features like scheduled scripts execution time.
- Run details from an Azure logic application.
- A new site maintenance task.
- Update orchestrator service for Windows 1122 H2.
- Preferred Management points for PXE requests.
- Enabling BitLocker through a provision task sequence.
It’s worth noting that some of these features were initially introduced in technical preview 2305, making the case for utilizing technical previews to anticipate what updates will make it to production.
3. Pre-Upgrade Checks: Before initiating the upgrade:
- Ensure the site is healthy.
- Examine component status for any errors.
- Verify functionalities like PXE boot, if used, to ensure no disruptions post-upgrade.
- Ensure that you’ve run all necessary updates on the server and restarted it.
4. Installation Process:
- Download Configuration Manager 2303 and any available hotfixes.
- Check your server health and prerequisites.
- Install the latest SQL ODBC driver.
- Run the prerequisite check in Configuration Manager.
5. Addressing Warnings: During the pre-check, some warnings might arise, like the need to shift workloads from Configuration Manager to Intune for co-management. Address these warnings for smoother post-upgrade performance.
6. Commencing the Upgrade: Initiate the upgrade, but anticipate some waiting time. Once completed, verify the new console version and check the new features, such as the Windows 11 upgrade readiness dashboard.
7. Post-Upgrade Tasks: After upgrading:
- Test functionalities to ensure they operate as expected. For instance, check if the OSD (Operating System Deployment) still functions, especially if you’ve updated the ADK.
- Monitor the status and health of your components.
- If you use cloud services like CMG (Cloud Management Gateway), ensure they’re working correctly.
Final Thoughts: Always be proactive in checking for Configuration Manager updates and stay informed on what these updates entail. It not only ensures that you’re making the most of the software but also guarantees optimal performance and security. As always, remember to check the video descriptions for relevant links and further information.
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