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  1. Stabilize sending of status messages during in-place upgrade (IPU) task sequence in a mixed intranet (VPN) / internet (CMG) scenario

    We've opened a MS case because a lot of status messages are lost during our in-place upgrade task sequence and this makes it really hard to monitor our deployments. A CMG is in place and acts also as a distribution point. The clients are configured to prefer the management point from the boudaries and the CMG is part of the VPN boundary. During the task sequence the client will/can switch multiple times from intranet (vpn) to internet (cmg). This seems to be the cause of the lost status messages. We were told by Microsoft that this is not a tested/supportedā€¦

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  2. Right click actions in deployment monitoring

    I've noticed in the Monitoring > Distribution Status, we have options to remediate content errors on distribution points. However, in the Deployments section, when clicking on a deployment and viewing errors, we have no options and no actions for remediation. Most of the deployment errors I have seen can be resolved by running a client action.

    Example, for all user based deployments. I would have to go to the deployment monitor, get the computer name, go to devices in assets and compliance, search for the computer, and then right click and start the client action. If there are tens orā€¦

    30 votes
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  3. Allow a "Redistribute" action directly from the Distribution Point Configuration Status workspace

    When monitoring a DP that has multiple package failures, you have to go to the DP>Content Tab and search for the failed packages individually, or go to the package and Right click>Redistribute on each DP. When you see 10 failed packages when looking at the DP at \Monitoring\Overview\Distribution Status\Distribution Point Configuration Status, a "Redistribute" action right there in the message view would be awesome!!

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  4. Make Pull DPs wait when updating content

    When you update the version of a package/application that has already been distributed to all DPs, the Pull DPs sometimes error out because they are looking for the updated content on the source DP(s) when the source DPs are still receiving the content. The results in an error status for package for the Pull DPs.

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  5. Peer-to-Peer in SCCM client

    Is it possible to integrate Peer-to-Peer technology into the SCCM client?
    BrancheCache technology is available on Windows Enterprise but not on Windows Pro.
    PeerCache technology does not work in Peer-to-Peer mode, this technology must download the file completely to work while the Peer-to-Peer works block by block.
    Many competing applications work in Peer-to-Peer mode, why not the SCCM client?
    Can you integrate Peer-to-Peer into the SCCM client?

    28 votes
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  6. Support additional distmgr/pkgxfer manager component servers in primary sites to support load balancing of software distribution jobs.

    Some primary sites have many remote distributed DP site systems and this can cause many content jobs to be managed by a single distribution manager / package transfer manager, which can cause delays and in some cases heavy server resource utilisation. I would like to see Sccm support load balancing of content jobs across a primary site.

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  7. Implement reporting (tracking) for package on demand distribution

    For the Feature described here https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg712321.aspx> Scenario 7 ability to distribute packages on demand - there is no way of traking or reporting if this was Happening to the package. I would like to have a report reflecting what packages have been initiated by this Distribution method. This might be be a package flag. Today the only way of seeing this is looking at the MP LM with advanced logging turned on finding

    <ProvisionDPRequest SchemaVersion="1.00"><Packages PackageID="CAS00010"><DP NALPath="[&quot;Display=\\wcp2.test.msft\&quot;]MSWNET:[&quot;SMS_SITE=CP2&quot;]\\wcp2.test.msft\" SiteCode="CP2"/></Packages></ProvisionDPRequest>

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  8. Deployment Status - Add Date Time Status Information

    Deployment Status messages do not include the Date/Time that the status message are processed.

    We need to have the Date/Time status on these messages, so that we can determine month to month what are the successful installations we are getting on our Application Cat.

    One of the main drivers of our App Cat. is to reduce then # of tickets users put in to request software installations. By leveraging the App Cat. we are letting users Self Service many applications on their own.

    When we add a new application to the Self Service catalog we need to track the timeā€¦

    27 votes
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  9. Content Removal/De-distribution

    To be able to select more than 1 distribution point or distribution point group when removing content locations for packages or applications.

    To be able to multiple selection locations before removing, rather than having to remove individually

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  10. The Summary and Details about the Distribution Point Configuration Status is inconsistent

    The summary can remain blocked under an ā€œerrorā€ status even when all the statuses from the ā€œDetailsā€ tab are ā€œSuccessā€.

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  11. Pull Distribution Points do not recover from BITS Errors -2147024893 "The system cannot find the path specified."

    Pull Distribution points will get into a state where they can no longer download a specific file for a software update package when source version changes. As a result, BITS put many jobs in an error state as such....


    Get-BitsTransfer -AllUsers | select *

    JobId : 3b528bdb-d257-4759-8808-a3ceb867a4cc
    DisplayName : CCMDTS Job
    Description :
    TransferType : Download
    JobState : Error
    TransferPolicy : NoSurcharge
    OwnerAccount : NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM
    Priority : High
    RetryInterval : 60
    RetryTimeout : 3600
    TransientErrorCount : 58
    ProxyUsage : NoProxy
    ErrorContext : LocalFile
    ErrorCondition :
    InternalErrorCode : -2147024893
    ErrorDescription : The system cannot find the path specified.

    ErrorContextDescription :ā€¦

    23 votes
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  12. Let Azure Active Directory joined Client be Peer Caching source

    Today peer cache source needs to be an on-prem domain joined device, as customers is moving to Azure Active Directory getting support for AAD joined devices as peer cache source will help customers that are moving to AAD joined devices and want to remove on-prem DP's.

    From docs:
    A peer cache source must be a domain-joined Configuration Manager client. However, a client that's not domain-joined can get content from a domain-joined peer cache source.
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/configmgr/core/plan-design/hierarchy/client-peer-cache#requirements

    22 votes
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  13. Mobile Distribution Point

    It would be helpful to have a "mobile" DP. This would be especially useful in an small branch office (without a DP), slow internet connection OSD scenario. Content could be distributed to the DP, taken offline and taken online at the branch office. It would be perfect if the clients could choose the mobile DP as the content source without manual pre-configuration.

    21 votes
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  14. VPN boundary type enhancements

    The new VPN boundary type in TP2005 is great!

    I have some suggestions to make it even more useful :)

    1. An option (specific to the VPN boundary) such that any clients associated with it due to being detected as VPN connected will ignore all other boundaries. In other words, with the option enabled the VPN boundary supersedes all other boundaries.

      This would fix the hypothetical (ha!) situation where an internal network IP boundary exists for 192.168.1.0/24 and conflicts with VPN-connected clients originating from common 192.168.1.0/24 home user networks.

    2. <maybe?> Settings to configure which VPNs & vendors are included in theā€¦

    21 votes
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  15. The ability to schedule content distribution

    So as to minimize business impact during critical hours of the day where WAN impact can have significant outcomes. By being able to schedule when content distribution will start can greatly assist in this regard

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  16. Orphaned Content Cleanup disrupted when distribution points are offline

    Currently on Current Branch 1906. There are times when we have certain pull distribution points offline. When distmgr is attempting to do content cleanup for orphaned content, this cleanup process in distmgr.log is disrupted if it come across an offline pull distribution point. Here is an example where it's deleting fine from server XX and then encounters issues with an offline server YY.

    Successfully removed content 889435e8-0ae8-4282-919b-8d078f95b024 from server XX 1/29/2020 7:29:12 AM 13776 (0x35D0)
    permanently deleting 29493F5488AD32889C759D1264C33346F5EA60A46C2C1B0DBF5CE69A59870828 1/29/2020 7:29:12 AM 13776 (0x35D0)
    CWmi::Connect(): ConnectServer(Namespace) failed. - 0x800706ba 1/29/2020 7:54:24 AM 13776 (0x35D0)
    CWmi::Connect() failed to connect to \YY\root\SCCMDP. Errorā€¦

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  17. Peer Cache feature not working with Workgroup Machines

    - We have tested Peer Cache settings on Domain Joined machines which works well but when testing on Workgroup machines, it doesn't work and gives the error as below:

    Detected a workgroup client or a client on internet. Superpeer agent won't start

    Please find the documentation as below:

    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sccm/core/plan-design/hierarchy/client-peer-cache
    Requirements and considerations for Peer Cache
    ā€¢ Peer Cache is supported on any Windows OS that is supported as Configuration Manager client. Non-Windows operating systems are not supported for Peer Cache.
    ā€¢ Clients can only transfer content from Peer Cache clients that are in their current boundary group.
    ā€¢ Each siteā€¦

    21 votes
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  18. Percentage labels issue in Distribution Point Configuration status

    When in the SCCM Console, under Monitoring -> Distribution Point Configuration status in v1706, I see that the percentage values arenā€™t interpreted properly. If I open the status messages for the SMSPACKAGETRANSFER_MANAGER component, I see the real percentage values. So it seems that there is a minor bug in the SCCM Console in the Distribution Point Configuration Status view. (See attached screenshots)

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  19. update content source paths from the console

    instead of relying on thirdparty utilities or a collection of scripts, wouldn't it be nice to have a possibility during migration to change content source paths directly to the new location (if the location has changed)

    there are many scripts around that do this for packages, applications, driver source and driver pkg path, os image sourcepaths and I know people that do it in sql also
    but hey why not have this as a possibility in the migration, this would make the live of many sccm admins much easier.

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  20. Provide the ability to set the number of PullDP that can download at the same time.

    By providing this settings, it would ease up massive distribution of a package to many PullDP.
    A setting similar to Concurent download on DP would be perfect!

    As of now, updating a package hosted on 1000 PullDP will trigger all PullDP at the same time to update the package.
    This cause high CPU and IO on the server as well as potential network load.

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    Noted  ·  djam responded

    The best way to control this is make a mesh of pull-DPs, and have some pull from other DPs… as opposed to all from the siteserver. That offloads network bandwidth from the siteserver

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