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  1. When updating content, wait to remove old content

    When updating content, don't automatically remove the old content on the DP's until the copy starts. Sometimes what happens is if there is a slow content transfer already taking place. The new content update waits for it to complete before it starts the transfer, so during that time the old content is not available (causing task sequences, packages, and applications that use the content to fail).

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  2. Checkbox on deployment whether to allow download over CMG

    Create a checkbox on the content locations tab of a deployment that dictates whether or not clients should use the cmg ti download content.

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  3. Add Richer Configuration Settings for Pull DPs into the console

    Currently when you wish to adjust Pull DP settings you need to do this through Webmtest, Powershell or VB script. Example adjusting the retry times or retry interval.

    It would be nice to take the most commonly used settings that are adjusted from review of the ConfigMgr cases and place those settings into the ConfigMgr console to make the Pull DPs more robust, manageable and a richer experience.

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  4. Peer cache property, whether the software should be provided in the peer

    Various applications are experience very large (<20gb).
    The content I would like to have but not permanently in the ccmcache, otherwise I run the hard disks full.
    Therefore I delete the content from the ccmcache directory after installation.

    The peer cache feature offers every package or application in peer by default.
    An application property (Deployment Types / Content / Specify the content location ...), whether the software should be provided in the peer, would be helpful.

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  5. Content Replication

    it would be great if we have an option to redistribute content from Monitoring tab in Distribution point configuration status tab. then it will be so easy to check all failed content and select all and redistribute, rather than go to each content and redistribute.

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  6. distribution point exclude USB drives

    Need ability to define global rule for all distribution point servers never use a USB drive. We have techs in the field plugging drives into DP servers and without the no_sms_on_drive.sms flag file and SCCM start using the USB drive distributing packages and then they pull USB drive after their work and the DP has issues.

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  7. Separate Pull Distribution Point Throttling from Agent Throttling

    If a Pull Distribution Point is throttled, this affects the remote site system from a client perspective, so its client downloads are throttled as well (even though those downloads may essentially come from itself).

    Throttled download jobs, as the system is functioning as a Pull DP, should be separated from throttled download jobs as the system is functioning as a client/agent. I'm not sure how this can be accomplished; it may have something more to do with BITS than something internal to ConfigMgr, but it would be welcome.

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  8. Change Default Content Distribution Priority

    Please create a setting (perhaps hierarchy or site) that allows an administrator to define the default content priority by content type. The current system default of Medium is not always appropriate and making this configurable could be a big help. The setting for this is already contained in WMI for most content types so creating a configurable setting in the console should be relatively trivial.

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  9. Add a status of 'Skipped, prestaged content mode' for content distribution. Currently this appears as 'in-progress'.

    Add a status of 'Skipped, prestaged content mode' or 'waiting, maintenance mode' for content distribution. Distribution points in prestaged mode are skipped and not processed, yet the status states 'in-progress'.

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  10. pull distribution source

    I would suggest one pull distribution poin to pull content from more than one source DP at the same time.

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  11. Use the content library also for client cache

    Please bring the Content Library to the Client Cache. That would be nice to have in some cases only a sync Methode instead of downloading over BITS a kompressed file.

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  12. An option to configure a DP such that it only downloads the distributed content from the site when the first client requests for it.

    An option to configure a DP such that it only downloads the distributed content from the site when the first client requests for it. This will help manage DP disk space efficiently as most of the content never gets used at a remote site but we do not know what's really needed in advance. With semi annual channels the content problem is getting worse each day.

    Below is the config manager thread I had opened and an expert asked me to submit a request here.

    https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/c249e600-b781-43ee-9aae-0b0efb6ba078/question-about-sccm-content-distribution?forum=ConfigMgrCBGeneral

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  13. export boundaries

    Export and import boundaries

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  14. Should be able to see who last replicated a package

    I would like an easy way to see who last replicated a package in the console in the drop down list options.

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  15. Point and Deploy to Single Machine or small group of machines/users.

    Remove the extra steps to create a collection of one or more existing machines to deploy a program or application or task sequence to.

    When needing to do a small targeted and IMMEDIATE deployment the admin should be able to right click and pick what to deploy and when he hits ok an adhoc collection should automatically be created into a default folder, say call it "Adhoc Collections" which without any keystrokes, mouse clicks or mouse swipes would be created in that folder with a name starting with the date in format YearMonthDay-Hour:Minute:Second-(Package | App Name | Task sequence|)-CreatorName
    Theā€¦

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  16. Add Secondary Site Code in Shared Distribution Points View

    When setting up Shared Distribution Points between a SCCM vNext (CB 1610) site and a CM07 hierarchy it would be helpful to include the Secondary Site Code in the Shared Distributions Points view under the Migration/Source Hierarchy node.

    In environments with large SCCM hierarchies (2800+ sites) being able to reference the site code/site name instead of just the server name in this view would be very helpful.

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  17. Elaborated Bandwidth Throttling

    Currently, we can configure 'time-based' bandwidth throttling, which means we can restrict content transfer for a particular time period and that will be applicable for all days (same). What if, I want to configure different throttling setting for weekends (or may be some other days), during which, there is less load on network and I can loosen up the restriction.

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  18. Fix SCCM Content Validation to be able to validate even when the Content Location Folder is empty

    Fix SCCM Content Validation to be able to validate even when the Content Location Folder is empty.

    If you send content to a DP and it has a content location but the folder has nothing in it, you will be able to send the content to the DP just fine but the Content Validation will fail when it runs.

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  19. Software Center: Show more details regarding package information

    Users are regularly informed via a pop-up that new software is available. If you then open the Software Center, you will see countless entries with status Installed or Available. However, it is not recognizable for the user whether a program listed is suitable for him, whether it represents a new version of a software already used by him or should not even be installed.
    It would be better to let the user know which new software is a new version of an already installed one and, moreover, what features this new software provides. Thus, a distinction for the user wouldā€¦

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  20. Documentation: Export config

    Have a built in script that will export an as built document.
    Items to export and put into visio docs:
    Each server config and HW specs
    Boundary group summary and DP's associated.
    Highest used Limiting collections and AD user groups with modify access.
    Slowest SQL queries and scheduled run frequency
    Number of devices using a DP.
    Data growth rate for 1 year.

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