Just as Microsoft has the Windows 10 Insider program to allow us to get the latest Windows 10 features that are in preview, the Office team has a similar program.
If you have a Personal Office subscription, you can go into any Office 2016/365 app and go to File -> Account and click the Insider option.
For commercial/corporate, this may not be available as it’s controlled by the installation done by the IT department.
For IT Admins who want to get the Office Insider for themselves, developers, testers, etc. the process is easy.
- Uninstall previous Office versions and reboot on any system prior to installing the Insider.
- Download the Office Deployment Toolkit
- Extract the Setup.exe and Configuration.xml file into it’s own directory.
4. Edit the Configuration.xml with notepad or your favorite text editor to read as below
<Add OfficeClientEdition="32" Channel="InsiderFast">
<Language ID="en-us" />
5. from an elevated prompt, run Setup.exe /configure configuration.xml
6. After the installation is complete, open an Office app, such as Word, and go to File > Account. Under the Product Information section, you should see text that includes “Office Insider.”
The ConfigMgr team has been hard at work on adding features. The Product Lifecycle dashboard (under Assets and Compliance\Overview\Asset Intelligence), can visually show you your installed products and support time frame.
Hopefully you don’t need this to tell you that you have less than 2 years to get off Windows 7.
The following text is from the MS docs site but screen shot from my lab (no need to recreate good document): https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sccm/core/get-started/capabilities-in-technical-preview-1802#report-on-windows-autopilot-device-information
Windows AutoPilot is a solution for onboarding and configuring new Windows 10 devices in a modern way. For more information, see an overview of Windows AutoPilot. One method of registering existing devices with Windows AutoPilot is to upload device information to the Microsoft Store for Business and Education. This information includes the device serial number, Windows product identifier, and a hardware identifier. Use Configuration Manager to collect and report this device information.
In the Configuration Manager console, Monitoring workspace, expand the Reporting node, expand Reports, and select the Hardware – General node.
Run the new report, Windows AutoPilot Device Information and view the results.
In the report viewer click the Export icon, and select CSV (comma delimited) option.
In 1802 TP, when you create a upgrade Task Sequence, now there will be additional groups created that is based on recommendations what Microsoft and others have seen done in the field. These groups are just recommendations and the actual tasks/scripts to do the checks, installs, etc. will need to be done by you. Several example scripts are out on the next that can help you get started.
Some examples and additional recommendations are available here https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sccm/core/get-started/capabilities-in-technical-preview-1802
In the updated 1802 TP, we now have an option to create Edge policies.
In Assets and Compliance, under Compliance Settings, there is an option for Microsoft Edge Browser Profiles
Highlight that and choose from the Menu (or right click) to Create Microsoft Edge profile
In the Create Microsoft Edge Browser Policy wizard, name your profile/policy just as an example below. You can create multiple profiles to target different collections like any other deployment.
In the next screen, choose the configuration needed based on your corporate policies.
Once done, select next and choose the OS which will always be Windows 10 but you can target between x32 and x64.
Once all done, from the menu bar or right click to deploy the policy to a collection.
New feature of Configuration Manager in 1802 Technical Preview.
In the Client settings, under Software Center, choose Customize. Now there is an option to Hide installed applications in Software Center. This is better sometimes than showing an application just to state it’s installed and clutter the list.
One of the new features of the CM 1802 TP is the ability to create deployment templates for Task Sequences and then use that to apply to existing task sequences to create new deployments.
To create a template, during the deployment of a TS, in the Summary screen, there is a new button in the upper righthand corner “Save As Template…”.
Once you select that, you have a new popup box to select what you want included in the template and name the template.
In this case, I chose all of it and named it Win 10 Deployment.
Now to apply the template in a new deployment, in the first dialog, you have the Select Deployment Template button (above the Comments area).
Once clicked, you can select the template of your choice.