New in Nomad 7.0.100

This maintenance release introduces the following features:

  • NomadBranch 7.0.100 client is the Nomad module in 1E Client 5.0 - refer to Installing and upgrading for more details on how to install/upgrade Nomad 7.0.100

The main Nomad 7.0 release contained the following features:

  • NomadBranch 7.0 client is the Nomad module in 1E Client 4.1 - refer to Installing and upgrading for more details on how to install/upgrade Nomad 7.0
  • Support for NomadBranchTools installation on remote SMS Providers - NomadBranchTools can now be installed on remote SMS Providers without the manual steps that were required previously.
  • Support for Windows 10 Express File Updates - 1E Client 4.1 supports download of express installation files deployed through Configuration Manager. To use this feature in Nomad, you must first configure Delivery Optimization Download Mode to 0 on all clients. For new installations, the feature is enabled by default and for upgrades it can be enabled in 1E Client 4.1 by setting bit 26 (0x4000000, 67108864 in decimal) of the CompatibilityFlags registry value.
  • Support for downloading content for CM Software Updates from Microsoft Update - if you deploy Software Updates, including regular updates, Windows 10 express updates and Office 365 updates with Configuration Manager and in the deployment settings select the option If software updates are not available on distribution points in current, neighbor or site boundary groups, download content from Microsoft Updates, Nomad will be used to download that content from Microsoft Update if it is not available from a DP or local Nomad peers. (Please refer to CompatibilityFlags bits 27 and 28 for further details).

Enhancements:

  • SSD optimizations 
    • Large Configuration Manager deployments and downloads to 30K or more machines could result in significant traffic spike from 1E Client to an ActiveEfficiency server that may result in IIS 503 Overload errors, this has been optimized.
    • When Local SSD is enabled to support networks where broadcasts are disabled, it is not used when a Nomad master detects broadcasts. This allows the same SSD setting to be used by all clients in a mixed network environment.
  • Improved resilience of content registration - a Content Registration Cycle mechanism has been introduced that registers the pending and failed content registrations with ActiveEfficiency.
  • Support for TLS 1.1/1.2 in environments where TLS 1.0 is disabled.

Features released in Nomad 6.3.201

This maintenance release introduced the following features:

Features released in Nomad 6.3.100

This maintenance release introduced the following features:

  • Enhanced Nomad support for Office 365 Updates - Nomad support for Office 365 updates has been enhanced to add support for Peer copy over HTTP or HTTPS and to enable the Single-site download to work with updates.
  • Support for Configuration Manager in the Cloud - Nomad is able to use Configuration Manager Distribution Points hosted on the Windows Azure platform. Nomad has also been tested to work in Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) scenarios, where Configuration Manager and Active Directory are hosted on Windows Azure platform. In this scenario, ActiveEfficiency Server may also be hosted on the Windows Azure platform.
    Nomad also supports downloading from Cloud Distribution Points and communication via the Cloud Management Gateway. Please refer to Cloud Support for more details.
  • Increased download speed - the size of Nomad download blocks has been made dynamic. This enables Nomad to better adapt to the available link bandwidth and increases the efficiency and speed of the download on high-bandwidth links whilst still maintaining its minimal impact on low-bandwidth links. This enhancement has been made available to downloads from the DP as well as peer-to-peer copying. Please refer to Maximizing download speed for high-bandwidth links using Dynamic Block Sizes for more details.
  • New cached content report available on the Nomad dashboard - now you can view the location of content held in Nomad caches across the network providing greater visibility on where content is being stored. Please refer to The Nomad dashboard - Cached content report for more details.
  • Nomad download pause - Nomad integrates with Tachyon to enable pausing or resuming Nomad downloads throughout the estate. This feature provides a safety measure for situations when a faulty or harmful deployment is made by mistake. In such situations pausing Nomad downloads on all targeted devices can prevent or limit the potential damage. It can also be used to facilitate troubleshooting, making it possible to pause all Nomad downloads across the network and enable IT teams to eliminate content distribution from their assessment of network bandwidth usage. Please refer to Nomad Download Pause for more details.
  • Nomad pass through to Configuration Manager on license expiry - Nomad can be configured to pass responsibility for content download back to the Configuration Manager agent when the Nomad license expires. This minimizes the possible impact on downloads when a Nomad licence renewal is imminent. Please refer to Installation - Handling license expiry gracefully for more details.
  • Optimization of Nomad Cache cleaning to minimize impact on local devices - from Nomad 6.3 and above the Nomad cache now has a regulated cache cleaning cycle that works in addition to the automated cache cleaning rules. This is to cater for the lately added pre-caching feature where extra content is being stored in the Nomad caches. For more details please refer to Cache management - The cache clean cycle.
  • New Nomad Baseline wizard for creating Configuration Manager baselines for Nomad - This wizard creates a baseline in Configuration Manager that can be used to manage settings related to NomadBranch and ClientHealth. Please refer to The Nomad Baseline Wizard for more details.
  • Added support for Windows Server 2016 Core OS and Windows Server 2012 R2 Core OS

Features released in Nomad 6.2.200

This release introduced the following features:

Features released in Nomad 6.1.100

This maintenance release introduced the following features:

  • Support for Office 365 update deployments.
  • Improved support for wireless clients:
    • Local SSD – enables downloads from subnet peer masters.
    • Enable devices on WLAN to become content providers.
  • Nomad Dashboard enhancements:
    • Drill-down for client version distribution versions.
    • Support for Word/Excel/PDF export.
  • Client Health has a new Nomad cache in temp check. When this check is enabled, it will send a warning if it detects the Nomad cache directory in C:\Windows\temp
  • Support for Configuration Manager CB 1511, 1602, 1606 and 1610.
  • Support for Server 2016.

Features released in Nomad 6.1

This release introduced the following features:

  1. The Nomad dashboard – provides a visualisation of activities and their statuses on collections and devices to enable to make informed decisions. You must be running ActiveEfficiency 1.9.500 or later to benefit from this feature.
  2. Dynamic pre-caching – how pre-caching keeps up when there are modifications to collections in Configuration Manager. You must be running ActiveEfficiency 1.9.500 or later to benefit from this feature.
  3. Client health – a background process that monitors Nomad to ensure that it is smoothly. It reports the statuses of the services it monitors in the Nomad dashboard, and where possible, performs a self-heal.
  4. Nomad SECure – signs, encrypts and compress content on the DP for clients to download.
  5. BIOS to UEFI – automates firmware reconfiguration on Dell, Lenovo and HP systems to switch from BIOS-emulation to native UEFI with secure boot during a Windows 10 deployment.
  6. Enhancements:
    1. Hash checks for Windows 10 service updates
    2. HTTPS support for ActiveEfficiency – can be set-up during installation or by updating the PlatformURL registry value post-installation.
  7. Support for Configuration Manager CB 1511 and 1602.

Features released in Nomad 6.0.200

This maintenance release introduced the following features:

  • Precaching improvements and enhancements
    • Managing pre-cached jobs in the Configuration Manager console
    • RBAC support
    • Support for multiple management points
    • Hash validation
    • Support for custom ports
    • Powershell cmdlets for Pre-cache job management
  • OSD
    • Support for Auto Apply drivers tS action in SMSTSNomad
    • Support for multiple network access accounts
  • Core
    • Job Manager improvements for improved queuing of jobs
    • Improved interaction between Nomad and NightWatchman
    • Net literal support for SSD and PBA/SSPBA/PBAHA

Features released in Nomad 6.0

  • Nomad pre-caching
  • OSD Integration enhancements
  • FIPS compliant communication encryption
  • Enhanced Nomad share security
  • Windows 10 system deployment and support
  • Configuration Manager 2012 SP2 and Configuration Manager 2012 R2 SP1 support

Features released in Nomad 5.5

This release introduced the following features:

  • WakeUp integration – Nomad can now integrate with the WakeUp component of NightWatchman Enterprise enabling Nomad machines that contain useful content to be woken up automatically when a peer requires the content.
  • Improved content integrity check (CIC) behavior – Nomad clients prevent the download and re-distribution of content where the hash does not match the client's expected hash for the content.

  • Support for App-V 5.0 SP2.
  • Effective memory usage for large file P2P transfer – handles large file transfers that exceed system memory without impacting machine performance.

Features released in Nomad 5.2

This release introduced the following features:

  • Single site peer backup assistant (PBA) – makes use of single site data to locate potential PBA data stores at the local site not just the local subnet.
  • High-availability peer backup assistant – supports the creation of multiple backups of USMT data to minimize risk and maximize success for OS migration.
  • App-V support – integrates with App-V streaming applications, recognizing that the initial download is only partial enabling full download at a later date.
  • Support for Configuration Manager 2012 R2, Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2.
  • Pre-stage content using Nomad task sequence action – supports the use of custom ports in Configuration Manager 2012 and Configuration Manager 2007 when using Nomad for OS deployment.

Features released in Nomad 5.1

This release introduced the following features:

  • New Nomad PBA task sequence actions.
  • PBA supported across subnets.
  • PBA supports redundant backups.
  • Multicast support added to install and configure Nomad in WinPE and pre-stage content using Nomad task sequence actions.
  • Pre-stage content using Nomad task sequence action no longer requires the use of LSZ delegation for non-site server distribution points.
  • Pre-stage content using Nomad task sequence action displays progress information in the task sequence user interface.
  • Streamlined OSD task sequence Nomad integration.