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  1. Site Server High Availability or Clustering

    Configuration Manager is becoming more mission critical every day. The ability to Cluster the Site Server role (Inboxes & SMS Provider) is more and more important as that is the single point of failure for a Primary Site.

    If the Site Server role goes down the Primary Site is down no matter how many Management Points or SMS Provider etc. exist.

    If we could Cluster the Site Server or at least have 2 systems share that role for High Availability then this would no longer be an issue.

    Even though we can designate multiple SMS Providers, if the site system…

    332 votes
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      planned  ·  8 comments  ·  Setup and Server Infrastructure  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Improve automatic SQL configuration, tuning, and maintenance of the SCCM DB & SQL Server

      Current architecture around SCCM’s management of SQL configuration and maintenance is old and hard to use. It requires a lot of manual oversight, and manual SQL tasks. And the default SQL settings created by SCCM are non-optimal. SQL is a powerful beast. Rethink ways SCCM can use it better, and keep it more optimally tuned and configured. Rethink how to run maintenance and backup tasks without downtime or impact to the production sites and deployments (this especially becomes more important with features like Conditional Access, that can never really have downtime.)

      118 votes
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      • Have the ability to remove a CAS when only one primary site is left

        Beginning with 2012SP1, we have the ability to add a CAS to an autonomous primary site. It could be interesting to reverse the proposition by having the ability to remove a CAS above a Primary when a CAS is no longer needed or has been set for a wrong reason.
        I know that it could be done through creating another hierarchy and using migration tasks by this is quite difficult for it requires additional hardware.

        70 votes
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          Noted  ·  8 comments  ·  Setup and Server Infrastructure  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Use SQL Backup with Compression for the backup task

          With CM 1511, SMS Backup task enabled by default. And that does a volume shadow copy of the DB which means full-sized files. For my tiny lab that means I'm backing up 8 GB alone.

          For production it'll mean 850GB per primary site. Under CM12 when we backup just SQL using compression, it's just 160GB per primary site.

          Please allow an option to just invoke a database backup instead so that compression can be used and I don't need to go order terabytes of data just for backups.

          Also the current backup just erases the last backup. But in a…

          64 votes
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            Noted  ·  1 comment  ·  Setup and Server Infrastructure  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • SCCM Gateway Servers for Deployment to DMZ's

            We should be able to deploy SCCM Gateway servers for deployment to DMZ, Internet and Remote locations where opening ports to the management servers / domains are not feasible. We are unable to forward ports from the internet to our LAN and must use a DMZ. There is no way to implement SCCM for IBCM because of this.

            61 votes
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              5 comments  ·  Setup and Server Infrastructure  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Request for intelligent MP, SMP and SUP selection based on network location, like current DP selection

              This is a DCR requesting that we improve the logic around MP, SMP and SUP selection by clients. Currently, we gather AD Site and IP Subnet details for DPs, store that in DPInfo and include that information in the XML body returned on content lookup requests. Why can we not do this for other server roles so that the client can choose the best server to connect to based on matching AD Site and/or IP Subnet? This would provide a far better solution than having to populate AllowedMPs, too.

              49 votes
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                6 comments  ·  Setup and Server Infrastructure  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Define pre-condition script in SCCM infrastructure site servicing windows to verify conditions

                If an update is planned and servicing windows are defined, it would be necessary to check before the update is processed, if all requirements and conditions are fine e.g. all site server online, queues, link state and etc...

                It would be helpful, to be able, to create a custom script in servicing windows and return true or false, to postpone the servicing if something is not running, are wrong. Otherwise the servicing is processed and could bring infrastructure in an worse state.

                47 votes
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                  1 comment  ·  Setup and Server Infrastructure  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Download only applicable ConfigMgr upgrade packages with ServiceConnectionTool.exe

                  If you have deployed offline Service Connection Point, ServiceConnectionTool.exe now (in ConfigMgr 1511 - 1606) downloads ALL published ConfigMgr update packages when you use -connect parameter. E.g. if your site only requires post 1606 hotfix, ServiceConnectionTool.exe downloads 1602, 1606 installation packages although they are installed! Currently it will download over 7 GB of updates, when you just need about 25 MB update package. This is just waste of time, network traffic & disk space.

                  Please improve ServiceConnectionTool.exe, so it would only download the update packages that are applicable for the current installation.

                  37 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  Setup and Server Infrastructure  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Make Cloud Distribution Point fully functional

                    Enable appropriate distribution point functions on Cloud DPs like Group Relationships, Content, Boundary Groups, Schedule, Pull Distribution Point, and Rate Limits.

                    of course, PXE and Multicast would not be appropriate Cloud DP functions.

                    32 votes
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                      2 comments  ·  Setup and Server Infrastructure  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Cloud Management Gateway (as CSP)

                      With 1610, the Cloud Management Gateway feature arrived. Although it's a Pre-Release feature, as Cloud Solution Provider we're UNABLE to use/implement this. And so are our customers...!

                      When you try to set this up from the ConfigMgr console, a prerequisite is the Azure Management Certificate, which can't be configured as CSP-tenant because this needs the Classic Azure Portal (ASM). This is unacceptable for us, as CSP, as we would have to instruct our customers to get an Azure Subscription separately.

                      https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/cie/2016/11/28/azure-management-certificates-and-publishing-setting-file-with-csp-subscriptions/

                      32 votes
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                        3 comments  ·  Setup and Server Infrastructure  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Support V3 and newer certificate templates for HTTPS mode

                        Hi,

                        PKI- Make V3 Template compatible with SCCM Current Branch.

                        32 votes
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                          11 comments  ·  Setup and Server Infrastructure  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Decouple site component backup service from database server

                          Configuration Manager currently installs binaries and configures the SQL backup site component service on the database server, running under LocalSystem authority. Many environments have separate groups that host and manage the SQL Server enterprise environment, and do not allow for services or additional software to be installed on them, creating unnecessary conflict and drama when SCCM needs to be installed. SQL Server is a networked service, there shouldn't be a reason to install software on the database server running under a privileged account in order to leverage backup routines.

                          30 votes
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                            Noted  ·  1 comment  ·  Setup and Server Infrastructure  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Include MDT and most current ADK as optional "Features" that can be installed through the Updates and Servicing Node

                            I would love to see both MDT and ADK integrated into all new Builds of ConfigMgr as optional Features. This enhancement would give Admins option to enable them if they choose or if they simply want to upgrade to the latest version. This alleviates the need to install MDT separately but more importantly, ends the guess work to determine what ADK is required to deploy the latest version of Windows. This enhancement will also provide a central repository for MDT and ADK by leveraging the Updates and Servicing node within the Admin Console.

                            23 votes
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                            • Support SQL Always On AG Asynchronous-commit

                              Configuration Manager Current Branch (1602) Supports SQL Always On Availability Groups, however it only in a Synchronous-commit replicas.

                              From TechNet:
                              Asynchronous-commit mode. This availability mode is a disaster-recovery solution that works well when the availability replicas are distributed over considerable distances.

                              Synchronous-commit mode. This availability mode emphasizes high availability and data protection over performance, at the cost of increased transaction latency. A given availability group can support up to three synchronous-commit availability replicas, including the current primary replica.

                              This means that Configuration Manager can only support 3 secondary replicas in a SQL AO AG and they need to be in…

                              22 votes
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                              • Have updates automatically handle MP replicas

                                It's a real pain to have to tear down and rebuild the MP replicas every time I want to install a servicing update. It would be great to have the update process automatically save the replica state, point the MPs at the primary DB, tear down the MP replicas, do the update and then put it all back.

                                21 votes
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                                  Noted  ·  1 comment  ·  Setup and Server Infrastructure  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Option to change SCCM client communication with cloud distribution point to use only one fixed IP

                                  The cloud distribution point Azure service gives the SCCM Client a list of Azure Blob Storage URLs to the content files of a package or application.
                                  The client will then download via BITS directly from Blob Storage instead of downloading from the Cloud Distribution Point URL.
                                  For many customers this is a problem because they have to open client firewalls for the hole Azure Datacenter IP Ranges or for the hole internet for the svchost which hosts the BITS service.

                                  It would be great to have an option to switch the download behavior between two mode:
                                  First Mode: The cloud…

                                  19 votes
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                                  • Updates and Servicing does not clean up EasySetupPayload folder once a new version is installed.

                                    As the final step in Updates and Servicing, remove previous installer files for current branch builds and superseded hotfixes from %ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Configuration Manager\EasySetupPayload or add and enable a scheduled cleanup script/

                                    Also there are now 3 locations with the full installation source files:
                                    %ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Configuration Manager\cd.latest
                                    %ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Configuration Manager\EasySetupPayload
                                    %ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Configuration Manager\CMUStaging

                                    18 votes
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                                    • Multiple Primary Site Servers for Migration of Host Operating System

                                      Have the ability to add a second Primary Site Server to an environment running as a standalone site to allow migration from an older Operating System to the latest version e.g. Migrate your 2012 R2 SCCM server from 2008 R2 to 2012 R2 by adding a second primary site server, and allowing settings, data etc. to synchronise. Then retire the old 2008 R2 server.

                                      18 votes
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                                      • IBCM - MP and SQL Configuration setup. Each and every time MS released a new version of update we need to delete the replication for the cur

                                        IBCM - MP and SQL Configuration setup.

                                        Each and every time MS released a new version of update we need to delete the replication for the current running one (Either its in DMZ or Local server for IBCM) and update the server with new Current Branch. Its a hectic task to create the setup again and test the IBCM functionality. Need some permanent solution for this in the setup folder itself

                                        16 votes
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                                        • Implement ability to target and control remote DP upgrade process

                                          Current: If a site is upgraded to CM vNext (1603), all the remote site systems get upgraded automatically with no control

                                          Ask: Implement functionality to target and control remote site system upgrade process. This could be done via collections or DP groups

                                          Reason: It's too high risk with environments that have thousands of distribution points (pull DPs)

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