With the recently released SCCM Technical Preview 1708, you can now customize the Software Center look including the company name and logo, colour schemes, and hiding different tabs. This post will demonstrate how you can customize Software Center and how it looks.
These settings are configured in the Client Settings. You can see that there is now a Software Center section as displayed in the picture below.
Once you select Yes for Select these new settings to specify the company information, you can configure all the other settings. In my example below, I have set a company name, I have set the colour scheme and also used a logo. If you like, you can also choose to hide certain tabs.
When setting a logo for Software Center, note that the maximum dimensions are 100×400 pixels, and the file cannot be larger than 750kb in size.
This is how my Software Center previously looked without doing any customization.
Now after adding the colour scheme, Software Center logo and company name, the Software Center looks like the image below.
Update 1606 for Configuration Manager Technical Preview has been released
Automatically categorize devices into collections:
Device categories can be created to automatically place devices into device collections when ConfigMgr is used with Microsoft Intune. Users are required to choose a device category when they enroll a device in Intune. The category of a device can also be changed in the ConfigMgr console.
Enforcement grace period for required application and software update deployments
Users can set a grace period for required application deployments or software updates that are past the deadline. Useful for machines that have been turned off for a while.
Using Configuration Manager as a managed installer with Device Guard
Device Guard is a feature in Windows 10. ConfigMgr can work with Device Guard so that software deployed from ConfigMgr is automatically trusted
Multiple device management points for On-premises Mobile Device Management
Cloud Proxy Service for managing clients on the Internet
New feature to manage ConfigMgr clients on the Internet. The service is deployed to Azure and connects your on-premises ConfigMgr infrastrucutre using the cloud proxy connector point (new role). It currently supports the management point, distribution point and software update point roles.
Manage the Office 365 client agent in Configuration Manager
Instead of using Group Policiy setting, you can configure a ConfigMgr client agent setting to enable Office 365 clients to receive updates from ConfigMgr.
The OSDPreserveDriveLetter task sequence variable has been deprecated
Windows Setup now determines the best drive letter to use (typically C:). You can still change the drive letter location in Apply Operating System task sequence step.
Changes for the Updates and Servicing Node
For more info: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt732696.aspx
I installed a trial of Configuration Manager 2016 Technical Preview 4 and set up and configured the Software Update point. I wasn’t able to synchronize any updates.
I checked wsyncmgr.log and saw Sync failed: WSUS update source not found on site
The workaround was to configure the Software Update Point and disable/remove all Classifications and Products and then to schedule another sync.
After this, I scheduled another sync, and the sync completed.
I then went back and re-configued the Software Update Point for the Classifications and Products I wanted, then scheduled another sync and it worked fine.