The bigger part of July was pretty quiet in terms of Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility and Security (EM+S) announcements.
A number of new updates and announcements did emerge over the past week or so, however, including updates for the current and preview branches of System Center Configuration Manager and a status update on Azure Information Protection.
Update 1706 for System Center Configuration Manager Current Branch
System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM, formerly known as Systems Management Server) can be used to manage a wide range of devices from a single management console. Current Branch (CB) take-up has seen over 40,000 organisations managing more than 84 million devices via the Configuration Manager.
Security additions in Update 1706 include an improvement to SecureBoot and TPM inventory data allowing the hardware inventory to tell whether SecureBoot is enabled on the device. Trust for specified folder paths and files can also now be set in Windows Defender Device Guard.
Other features contained in the update include the ability to manage driver updates for Microsoft Surface and a number of streamlined infrastructure improvements. Various cloud services have been consolidated, a new tool has been added to reset and restart updates that encounter difficulties and accessibility issues including screen reader improvements have been implemented.
Update 1707 for the System Center Configuration Manager Technical Preview Branch
Alongside the Current Branch, the Technical Preview Branch allows System Center Configuration Manager users to try out new features before they are made generally available.
Update 1707 introduced a number of features to try in a test environment, including support in Client Peer Cache for the distribution of express installation files for Windows 10 and Office 365. Scripts can now be created and run with parameters and the Surface Device Dashboard can be used to access details on the model and OS version of your Surface devices.
Network definitions including domain names, IP ranges, cloud resources and proxy servers can also now be configured with Windows Defender Application Guard policies.
Azure Information Protection status update
The Azure Information Protection (AIP) team released the first of what they promised would be an ongoing series of status updates on June 28.
According to Adam Hall of the Customer and Partner Engagement team, these would provide more visibility on features and updates they are working on and the second status update was released on July 31.
They announced that they had now completed the move to the Azure portal, allowing admins amongst to complete tasks in one place, while a new option had been made available in preview allowing the switch to the protection service (formerly Azure RMS) of on or off in the AIP portal.
The latest preview client boasted a set of new features including a new vertical menu to apply labels to documents and email, localisation for multilingual users and multiple updates to PowerShell cmdlets.
Bug fixes and stability enhancements were included as always and the team are actively seeking feedback and comments via social or the UserVoice platform.