ConfigMgr 1610 TP: What’s New?

Microsoft released the 1610 TP a week or so ago. There are some exciting developments in this release. I like this new method of tech previews because we get to see what they’re working on. This TP brings us the ability to deny a previous approved application request, the ability to exclude clients from client automatic upgrades, enhancements to how ADR’s transfer large updates across low bandwidth connections, and the enhancements to messages displayed if the user runs a high-risk task sequence.

I’ll talk about two of them now.

Deny Approved Application Request

The one is pretty simple. Administrators can now un-approve an application request. When you go to the approval requests section of the console, the Deny in the ribbon or right-click menu will be there to deny the request.


Un-approving a request will not uninstall the application from machines where the user used their approval to install the application.

Exclude Clients from Client Upgrade

I’ve been waiting for this setting. I don’t like to update the client on my servers with every CB release. To me, that’s too many changes to a server, while the UI benefits don’t really help me. This will be based on collection membership, and like pre-production upgrades, you can only specify one. This is a good candidate for a collection that only serves this purpose.

To set this collection, go to Administration > Site Configuration > Sites, then select “Hierarchy Settings” from the ribbon. You now have this new option on the Client Upgrade tab:



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