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  1. active directory description

    Add an column to the devices view that would display Active Directory descriptions in console.

    175 votes
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    • Console device view should allow search/filter by MAC address

      We find ourselves trying to go from MAC address to device in the console fairly regularly, especially when troubleshooting things like PXE from the logs (which only shows MAC address) and needing to kill off failed OSD records (which may be named "Unknown" or have a random computer name in ConfigMgr, but you're now in WinPE ready to kick off the TS again, but only have the MAC from ipconfig /all to ID the old record).

      The MAC addresses are already being pulled by Heartbeat inventory, but you can't search/filter of part/all of the MAC address.

      Thank you for making…

      51 votes
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      • Better Reporting for installed software

        Software normalization built into SCCM reporting. An integrated solution to manage software inventory, software intelligence and license management. As a SCCM administrator it has been difficult to provide accurate reporting on installed software packages without purchasing third party normalization tools like BDNA or SNOW. Software normalization capabilities would be a great addition to SCCM.
        1. Software Recognition Service that recognizes software requiring a license.
        2. Software title normalization.
        3. Ability to import all owned software licenses and then compare against what is actually installed.
        4. Ability to recognize when software has been removed or upgraded. Example: if Office 2010 has…

        46 votes
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        • Console -- Start -- client ping / mstsc with FQDN

          Make clients Calls like Ping / MSTAC witrh FQDN and not with Netbios. We have different AD connected to the SCCM . We can not use the build in features like Ping the clients or open RDP as the console only tries the netbios name and not the fqdn. It would be great to have all cleints call done trought FQDN

          36 votes
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            3 comments  ·  Asset Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Add serial number as possible unique identifier

            Currently only MAC and UUID are possible as unique identifier. I understand this is because these are the only ones sent using PXE deployments. However nowadays MAC is not necceserily unique anymore (USB to LAN adapters), so it would be nice to be able to use the machine serial number as unique identifier when booting from a USB stick for example

            30 votes
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            • Display Last Logon Timestamp discovery data for ALL devices in console, not just clients

              The lastLogonTimestamp attribute is collected during System Discovery from Active Directory. A column for displaying Last Logon Timestamp is available on device views, but only displays the lastLogonTimestamp data for devices where Client = Yes even though the data is there for devices where Client = No. (See attached screenshot from CM CB 1611)

              Making a collection of "Discovered but Needs Client" devices is common during initial client deployment and while trying to get to 100% client ***********. The lastLogonTimestamp data is very useful when trying to identify devices to focus on because they've been seen by AD recently.

              Please…

              30 votes
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              • membership of collections

                In devices screen, when we select a computer, all collections the computer is member of, should be listed in the below pane.
                Also, this feature should be available for users in users screen

                24 votes
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                • Manage and Disable Business Hours via Client Settings

                  Currently you cannot manage business hours within the console using Client Settings. We should be able to set defaults, prevent users from modifying them, and disable them altogether. Our servers do not need business hours and in a highly virtualized environment we can see a global CPU spike at 10 PM when the default Business Hours end.

                  22 votes
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                    3 comments  ·  Asset Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • IP Address Column

                    Add a column in the Devices section for IP address. (Simple IPv4 preferred) Also allow searching by IP address. This is a function used often and is missing from the console.

                    21 votes
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                      2 comments  ·  Asset Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • power management - shutdown/reboot/logoff

                      Implement a scheduled poweroff/reboot/logoff functionality so we don't depend on implementing it ourselves or 3rd party tools. I would imagine that we would be able to, per collection, schedule a daily/weekly/monthly reboot/shutdown/log off but allowing the user to post-pone x number of times if they are using the machine, etc..

                      15 votes
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                      • Hardware Inventory for User Profiles

                        Since ConfigMgr is now more user centric, it would be nice if user specific settings(registry) are discoverable via Hardware Inventory ( or a new inventory function. I would not consider this a DCM as we are looking to query and report on the data that is on the users profile vs a DCM which checks for compliance. Example would be something like if a user has a proxy set, what is it. Another example would be discovering all the trusted sites a user has configured. This would help us identify sites that we may need to include in a GPO…

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                        • Sorting by the Icon column should sort the different states, especially with device online/offline

                          Currently, when you sort by the Icon column, the items with the same state icon don't end up sorted together for some reason. With the device online/offline icons now in the console, this is an especially good time to finally fix this issue that goes back to CM12 RTM.

                          12 votes
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                          • Implement a software installation/Uninstallation notification

                            I am looking for an option to get noticed when any software installed/Uninstalled from users workstation. We are frequently getting a request for this feature from customer side.

                            11 votes
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                            • Add ability to add notes/properties to a given computer/server in SCCM console

                              It would be nice to be able to add a note to a asset in the sccm console. For instance, something like "this server is running so and so application and cannot have the sccm client installed. Call so and so if you have any questions." The data of course would be available as an optional column to view in the console. Maybe have user defineable data points that can become properties of the computer even though it may not have the client installed.

                              10 votes
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                              • Devices list should include column for MAC Address

                                In the drop down list for devices you should be able to choose MAC address as an option. I mean how much easier it would be to find that device which has a mac address already in the system if you could just search for it in the console directly. Today you either have to write SQL or use some other custom tool in order to search for a MAC address when configMgr has the data it needs it just needs to easily be searchable.

                                9 votes
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                                • Manage Delivery Optimization

                                  With either Client Settings of something under Compliance Settings, give us the native ability to manage Delivery Optimization settings through the ConfigMgr Client. Modern apps are updated per user and directly from Microsoft. In shared device environments (think schools with lots of laptop carts), this can result in over a 1 GB of downloaded updates per device when 4-5 users share the machine each day, and ConfigMgr Distribution Points can't help us. We need to be able to easily ensure that all this traffic doesnt have to go to the internet.

                                  9 votes
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                                  • GUI frontend for editing Configuration.mof

                                    ConfigMgr 2012 replaced sms_def.mof with a GUI editor. It would be nice to have a frontend for editing the Configuration.mof as well.

                                    8 votes
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                                    • Improve Monitor discovery in the hardware invetory

                                      Improve Monitor discovery in the hardware invetory to know the model, serial number and resolution by default.

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                                      • Compliance tab in device view

                                        It would be great to have a tab with compliance/deployment status for a selected device.
                                        Today we can see deployments when viewing properties of a device, but no status.
                                        Having a tab next to the Summary tab, which displays deployments and the status of these on the selected device, would make it easy to see if a given device has installed all of its deployments.

                                        7 votes
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                                        • Ability to rename PCs from the console

                                          Can the ability to rename a PC from the console be added? Currently, I have had to modify the right click tools addon to be able to do this.

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