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  1. Allow MSI Source locations to use DP's configured for HTTPS

    I recently ran into an issue with an MSI that we have deployed which required access to its installation source during a patching operation, and discovered these two problems. We worked around the issue by pinning the content in the ccmcache.

    On the application deployment properties, SCCM can automatically update the source location windows installer uses for a detected MSI product code. However, it appears that windows installer is unable to use https source locations, only http.

    Another issue I have seen is that the windows installer source list gets appended (not replaced). As a client roams between content boundaries,ā€¦

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  2. Control the order of software dependencies in app model

    if i have multiple dependencies for an application(all different apps), there is no way to control the order in which they should be installed unless you create dependency group name with priority. In this example,i have no way to control the order of installation since they are all different category apps and cannot use dependency group.

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  3. Source list URL path not relative to the MSI that was run

    Currently if you run an MSI using a wrapper, and the MSI is located in a subfolder, the source list reg keys get set differently.

    The path in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\Products\<product code>\SourceList\Net gets set to the relative path of the MSI at run time.

    The path in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\Products\<product code>\SourceList\URL gets set to the root content URL on the DP.

    This causes issues if the local cache has been removed or purged. The user can no longer perform a repair as the source path is invalid.

    Normally I'd say just uninstall and reinstall, but in the case of some CAD systems that canā€¦

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  4. Pre-Cache all Available deployments (not just task sequences)

    Provide an option to pre-cache ALL available deployments, not just OS deployment task sequences.

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  5. Add Install Behavior to Uninstallations

    As stated above, the Uninstall command should be forced to check if an executable is running via the Install Behavior tab, same as installations. I could see some cases where you'd want it to uninstall anyway, so maybe a checkbox could be added on how to handle this.

    Right now if a user clicks "uninstall" or if Supersedence is set to run an uninstall, the application will just begin the uninstall. This isn't ideal, as If the old version of software is uninstalled, it will typically crash the application, and then the new version would begin installing to the horrorā€¦

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  6. We need an Event based deployment versus Time based deployment

    Please put in Event based deployment versus Time based deployment based on file/registry/Event log change. The deployment date should be used as the absolute earliest the event could take place. The expiration date should still hold true.

    The action could possibly happen on a single device, but need to occur to devices within a boundary/collection.

    The usage scenario is when a computer device is being used in a 24 hour retail setting, and the maintenance window is dependent on when the retail location determines a time in which it can take such action. The retail store may only have aā€¦

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  7. Allow priority ( order) between applications without dependancies

    For example, application with priority 100 will be install before application with priority 500.
    There is some case were dependencie is not sufficient / too strict.

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  8. Add option "File/folder/registry item DOES NOT exist" to application detection rules

    Sometimes you just need to have an app that is detected successfull when something is not existing. Delete files or registry keys etc. It would be nice if there was a logical operator in app detection to select a file and then mark a box "NOT" or "DOES not exist" to tell the detedetection system that we are done when thi thing does not exist anymore.
    Now we need to use ps-scripts (to return something when file is not detected and nothing when it is detected) to achieve this, like:

    $strFileName="c:\temp\test.txt"
    If (Test-Path $strFileName){

    }Else{return $true}

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  9. Application Lifecycle Management options in Console

    One of the big struggles at many companies is not putting application IN SCCM, but having a proper process to retire old applications and do regular cleanup. So it would be good to have some options to automate the process when retiring applications.

    - having the content for retired applications automatically removed from all distribution points
    - having the files/folders removed from the content source location
    - having the retired applications deleted from SCCM after the cleanup completed.

    I know there are some PowerShell scripts out there and console extensions but it would be nice to have this as aā€¦

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  10. High Risk Deployment Configuration for applications

    It would great to see the feature where collections above a certain number of members are hidden made available to the application deployment wizard, rather than just task sequences.

    While applixation deployment may not be as high a risk, I'm sure it would provide a lot more reassurance for users new to SCCM and the application deployment process.

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  11. Detection rule logic change in Application module

    Dear All,

    we are using more than one detection rule for all our applications(script installer) that are created in our environment.

    During installation, the detection rule (AND condition) works fine and we face no issues.

    But there are cases when the uninstallation fails in the middle of the script, we get the message as REMOVAL FAILED in the software center, and out of 3 detection rule one or two get removed (partly uninstalled) , but not the whole application is uninstalled from the machine. And when we run the RETRY for removing the application, SCCM check for installation status basedā€¦

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  12. Wake on LAN by maintenance window start time not deployment time

    WOL packets are sent when a required deployment's time to install is hit. It would be nice if we could also set this to wake up machines by maintenance windows, or have a maintenance window that wakes up computers. What is the use of waking up a computer at the deployment start time of 7PM if the computer's maintenance window doesn't start until 10PM?

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  13. Unicorn emoji support in the console šŸ¦„

    I think itā€™s time we all agreed that there arenā€™t enough unicorns in the console. Iā€™d like to see support for unicorn emojis when Iā€™m clicking around. The good unicorns for when things are going well and the evil ones for when I messed up something and itā€™s bad.

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  14. Qucik Deployment for a single application to a single machine

    I'd like to be able to do a quick deployment to a single machine. Similar to how EMCO Remote installer and PDQ Deploy works. I right-click on the target machine and click on install. I guess this would be similar to installing the ConfigMgr Client by right-clicking on a machine.

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  15. User Environment Management solution

    In the Microsoft portfolio a complete User Environment Management (UEM) solution is missing. Yes, there is Group Policy + Preferences and User Environment Virtualization (UE-V), but a solution like RES One Workspace or AppSense is missing. Why's that? Lot's off customers like to have a Microsoft-only or Microsoft-unless policy, which can't be using Microsoft solutions alone.

    Think about a solution which combining user settings like start menu, desktop, folder redirection, taskbar, application control, application security, license management, drive mappings and printer offering. Where delegating of control is possible. With integration in Configuration Manager, and what else you can think of.ā€¦

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  16. User Device Affinity - Restrict One machine per User

    Hi,

    I am using Application catalog for making the applications available for the users to install as and when they are in need of. By default, user can set more than one device as his primary device and any approved application can be installed on any/all of those machines.

    While checking the available option to automatically install an app to users primary device (In case of OS reinstallation or Hardware refresh) using appcatalog, it gets installed on all primary devices.

    It becomes difficult to manage this scenario since there are many licensed applications which will get installed on multiple machines.

    ā€¦

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  17. Execute Program with least privilege

    Please incorporate the option to execute a Program without elevation (least amount of privileges).

    Background:
    We sometimes receive requests to automate some process via Configuration Manager. This is frequently done by creating a Package with a Program that executes a script.

    Use case:
    When automating the OneDrive sync client (or various other commands / programs), a simple script works well.

    Problem:
    When the same script is executed with elevation, it doesn't work as expected.
    Configuration Manager elevates the session when the currently logged on user has admin privileges on the machine.
    Some troubleshooting is required to find the root cause.ā€¦

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  18. Export and Import Global Conditions

    Please allow us to export and import global conditions. The code exists somewhere since this can be done when exporting and importing applications. Bonus points for Powershell cmdlets.

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  19. Application/Package install at shutdown or startup

    We can now update at shutdown/startup but we need to be able to do the same for Application/Package Deployment.

    Some of our deployments require browsers or mail clients to be closed and getting the users to do this voluntarily is almost impossible.

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  20. Auto uninstall application based on Software Metering useage

    Please add an option in the Application Model to auto uninstall the application after xx number of days. This could be linked to Software Metering. This would be extremely beneficial to manage applications for license reclamation as well as removing vulnerable applications from the environment.

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