This page is for tracking Windows 10 features by release. VMware maintains the full change log here. I will just be highlighting the Windows related items.
2005 – SaaS and On-Prem
Windows 10 Features
- Edit app versions for exes and zips file types in Software Distribution
- Previously, the internal versions for exes or zips were arbitrarily incremented in whole numbers (1.0, 2.0, 3.0, etc). Now you can edit the application version to match the actual file version. This is applicable only when you upload a new EXE or Zip file.
- New “Repair Hub” Feature
- This super handy features automatically re-installs the Intelligent Hub without breaking enrollment. It fixes communications problems like HMAC errors, repairs failed or damaged upgrades, and restarts any services required by Hub. You can access it on Device Details page > More Actions > Repair Hub (at the bottom). Note that you need to have “Publish Intelligent Hub” checked at the OG in order for this to show up.
- Hub Services Branding Support
- Now the new Intelligent Hub catalog supports branding as configured in Hub Services
- Hide Notifications on Software Deployments (Tech Preview)
- This allows for an automatic deployment of an App to be silently deployed to the device without toast notifications.
2004 – Cloud (Saas) Only
Release Date: April 3, 2020
While this release is mostly for bug fixes and stability improvements, there are some notable Windows Highlights:
- Dell Provisioning for VMware Workspace ONE is now called Factory Provisioning.
- This is to make it more generic in order to support other OEM’s in the future.
- Updated Anti-Virus (Windows Defender) profile
- Adds a bunch more configurable settings that were previously missing.
- App Install Deferrals (PSADT support) – Tech Preview
- This adds native support for PSADT (and really any other powershell based or custom app) that has a defer function. You can put in the “defer” exit code after enabling “Allow User Install Deferral” on the new Assignment page. I’ll have a whole blog on this soon! Note that you will need to submit a SaaS ticket in order for this feature to get enabled in your environment. And since it’s still Tech Preview, I’d recommend only doing it in a UAT or Dev environment. If you have access to the shared CN135 environment, it’s available there too.
- New App Assignment Page
- We now have a new UI for the assignment page for apps (as seen above). Slick!
2003 – Cloud (SaaS) Only
Release Date: March 6th, 2020.
Link to documentation and “what’s new” video
- New Intelligent Hub for Windows 10
- This brings the first iteration of the Intelligent Hub for Windows 10. It only supports win32 apps at the moment, but feature parity with the existing “Workspace ONE Catalog” (from the Store) will be coming over the next few months. I’ve got a separate blog post on how to enable this.
- Desired State Management (aka “Required” apps)
- This now enables certain Win32 apps (app deployed via Software distribution) to be set as “required” meaning that they will re-install automatically if they get manually removed. This is especially useful for security products or apps that must always remain on the device.
- P2P (BranchCache) Statistics in console
- Very helpful to see how much data is being used by peers vs downloading from internet on each deployment
- Improved smart groups – set based on Azure AD enrollment type
- I’ve been wanting this one for a long time! This allows you to set a smart group for only AAD devices and thus assign things to devices that go through OOBE and not impact existing devices already in the environment. When a device goes through OOBE (and thus be AAD joined), it needs to receive all apps, profiles, baselines, certificates since they will be provisioned from vanilla state. However, you don’t necessary want all of those payloads going to existing devices since it’s not needed and some payloads you might only want to install during deployment.
- Automatic HMAC recovery
- This just helps the Intelligent Hub to “self-repair” when there are HMAC (authentication token) issues
- Dell Command Update 3.1 support
- Updates the “OEM Updates” profile to support DCU client version 3.1.
- Bug Fixes
- All bug fixes for Windows are located under the AMST-[*****] format. One important fix is AMST-24710: BranchCache falls back to DS when no peers are available instead of CDN. This was causing client to download from DS which is super slow instead of CDN when no peers are available. So if you have been using BranchCache and noticed very slow download speeds for software distribution, this is probably why.
2001 – Cloud(SaaS) and On-Prem
- Define your Baseline assignments with the new Exclusions feature.
- You can now exclude specific smart groups from assignment when assigning Baselines to your Windows 10 devices. This feature allows you to assign the Baseline to a large smart group and then refine the assignment to exclude specific, smaller smart groups.
- Ensure your data is protected even after a device wipe.
- The Encryption profile now supports keeping the system encrypted at all times (” Keep System Encrypted at All Times “). This includes after removing the profile, wiping the device, or any break in communication with Workspace ONE UEM to your Windows 10 devices.
- SCEP proxy support
- DCU support for custom XML URL location
- This allows you to host your own xml and configure DCU to look their for updates. It gives you more granular control over what driver/bios updates are available for your Dell devices.