What is Long Term Service Branch?
There’s some of confusion out there about the release of SCCM LTSB. Just to clear it up (and mainly for my own memory)…
As of October 12th 2016, Microsoft announced that:
Today, we are also making available the Long-Term Servicing Branch (LTSB) of Configuration Manager. Up until this point, if Software Assurance or equivalent subscription rights (most normally from Intune or EMS) became expired, customers, per product terms, would have to move back to the most recent release they owned perpetual rights to, e.g., System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager. The LTSB of Configuration Manager now delivers an alternative option that will be supported on a fixed 10-year lifecycle, although it is important to understand the limitations inherent in a long-term serviced management product vs. the easily updatable current branch model our customers have been rapidly moving to.
While the LTSB is derived from the current branch of Configuration Manager (version 1606), it is scaled back and reduced in functionality to permit the extended support model. LTSB of Configuration Manager will not receive new functionality or support for new Windows 10 and Windows Server releases. It will continue to receive security updates only. By design, LTSB of Configuration Manager is intended to be fixed in functionality and very infrequently updated, so any features or components that require continuous updating or are tied to a cloud service have been removed. These removed features include:
- Support for Windows 10 Current Branch (CB) and Current Branch for Business (CBB)
- Support for the future releases of Windows 10 LTSB and Windows Server
- Windows 10 Servicing Dashboard and Servicing Plans
- The ability to add a Microsoft Intune Subscription, which prevents the use of Hybrid MDM and on-premises MDM
- Asset Intelligence
- Cloud-based Distribution Point
- Support for Exchange Online as an Exchange Connector
- Any pre-release features available in the current branch of Configuration Manager
Essentially, reading between the lines, this means that is intended for customers who allowed their Software Assurance or equivalent subscription rights (most normally from Intune or EMS) to expire after October 1st 2016.
We highly recommend our customers continue upgrading to the current branch of Configuration Manager. We expect that for the overwhelming majority of you this is the best model and approach of delivering an up to date management offering.
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