We are very happy to announce the release of version 0.9.0 of Chocolatey Central Management! This release contains a major overhaul of the underlying framework technologies that Chocolatey Central Management is built on, and a few selected features and bug fixes.

Discussed below are the main changes included in this release, but we also have a full set of release notes available providing more detail.

Removal of support for SQL Server 2008 / 2008 R2

Since the initial release of Chocolatey Central Management it has been possible to use SQL Server 2008 / 2008 R2 to host the database that is required. Starting with this release SQL Server 2008 / 2008 R2 are no longer supported for the Chocolatey Central Management database and we recently published a blog post on this change.

Updated target .NET Framework

All components of Chocolatey Central Management (database, service, and web) have been updated to .NET 6 which is supported by Microsoft until December 2024. .NET Core 3.1, used in previous versions, is only supported to December 2022.

Chocolatey Central Management packages require a licensed computer for installation

Following on from our previous blog post, all of the Chocolatey Central Management packages now make use of the Chocolatey CLI licensed cmdlets. As a result, the computer that you install the Chocolatey Central Management packages onto, must be properly licensed.

Computer "friendly names"

Chocolatey Central Management would only show the hostname of a computer that it is managing. We have added a requested feature to allow the use of a "friendly name" instead. See this GitHub issue for more information.

Release notes

For more information on the features, improvements and bug fixes that were included in this release, please see the release notes.

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