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  1. Speedup Site Reset during Upgrade and Maintenance

    When doing Inplace Upgrades of Sites or Maintenance of Sites that require Site Resets (like changing Active/Passive, moving SQL, ā€¦) it takes hours or days for the Site Reset to complete in complex Environments with Site Systems behind slow (low bandwidth, high latency) links. And the worst Thing About that is, that PXE mostly is down during that Phase until the reset is finished. I would appreciate to Speed that up, prio1 make PXE stay available during reset, prio2 only copy binaries over WAN links when needed (Upgrade) and maybe use WinRM for Controlling the remote Servers. Also making theā€¦

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  2. Ability to view and export boundaries with Network and Subnet Mask information

    Need a method to view and export the boundaries with all of the information entered at the time of creation. The inability of viewing and validating this information makes troubleshooting very difficult.

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  3. Service connection tool should validate the downloaded content.

    When Service Connection Point is offline (No internet) and you need to use the ServiceConnectionTool.exe this process should be as solid as possible.
    Had a case where the 1902 update where downloaded and imported to the SCCM 1810. Everything looked good. Installation started and went all the way to Install File step. Installation failed since the initial import did not include all prereq files in the redist -folder.

    This could have been avoided if there would be some kind of content validation e.g. after the download or during the import or during the pre-req check.

    There are different "manifest..xml" filesā€¦

    22 votes
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  4. suport Group Managed Service Account gMSA same as in SC 2019 products

    gMSA is more secure and all customers request for it, System Center 2019 now support gMSA except Configuration Manager.

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  5. Service Connection Tool - don't overwrite log after each run

    By its very nature the ServiceConnectionTool requires several runs in order to fully complete its job. Prepare ā€¦ export ā€¦ connect ā€¦ import. Each run of the tool overwrites the log file.

    It would be preferable (imho) that the tool appended to the log file instead, so that a full record of the entire offline transaction is available.

    Thanks in advance, and you're welcome.

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  6. PreReqCheck for WindowsManagementInstrumentation Service Dependencies

    Would be nice to have a PreReqCheck that checks for Services that depend on WindowsManagementInstrumentation (Winmgmt). If other Services are detected than the ones coming with Windows (like TrendMicro TMListen), log a warning, that this may interfere with Setup, Upgrades and Site Resets, if the Service cannot be stopped the normal way (i.e. because AV TamperProtection requires a Password to stop it). Seen several Environments, where this brought Maintenance to fail or take uneeded Long. The warning should inform, that the Admin Needs to make sure, that the Service can be stoped, or to stop it by himself before theā€¦

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  7. SQL Usage rights comes along with SCCM license allows to setup SQL Always On AG ???

    My understanding is the SQL usage rights comes along with SCCM license will be Standard Edition only. Please correct me if I'm wrong. So does the SQL usage rights comes along with SCCM license allows to setup SQL Always On AG???

    As per below link, I could see that SQL usage rights of SCCM allows SQL Always On. But SQL Always on with SCCM requires Enterprise edition. This is were I'm confused, please help !!!

    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sccm/core/understand/product-and-licensing-faq#bkmk_sql

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  8. Speed up SCCM CB servicing Update (for small SCCM CB hotfixes)

    Hi, I donĀ“t know why a small Hotfix, for example the PXE Bug in SCCM CB 1806 (KB4471892), which only change the sccmpxe.exe file, need a complete SCCM CB update cycle.
    We manage 120.000 clients in a SCCM hierarchy (1 CAS / 3 PRI / 15MPs / 6SUPs / 350 DPs / 3 CMGs / 6 CloudDPs /... ). A SCCM CB Update + UpdateRollup is just possible on a update weekend. When we need also a hotfix on top, we run out of time.
    The Update Step "INFO: Executing spDRSRegenerateAllDrsSprocsAndFuncs" takes up to 3 hours on each CAS/Pri Siteā€¦

    35 votes
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  9. Updates and Servicing: Deploy new client package prior to upgrade

    One of the most time consuming steps when we perform an SCCM upgrade is waiting for the new client install\upgrade packages to replicate to our lower bandwidth sites. Currently we are installing the latest update in the test lab and manually creating a package and distributing it in production with those files so the content library has the files at upgrade time. It would be helpful if there were an option similar to "run prerequisite check" to create the packages and distribute the content ahead of time.

    8 votes
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  10. Configmgr Backup status node in "Monitoring" node

    Currently we need to check smsbakup.log , if we need to know status of last backup. This is being crucial task for SCCM health check , its better to see status within console.

    As we have " Software update Sync status" , I feel its good to include "configmgr backup status" in "monitoring"

    8 votes
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  11. Ability to run SCCM Update prerequisite check again if failed

    If you did not run a prerequisites check prior to installing the Configuration Manager and it fails you aren't able to run it again. The run prereq check button is greyed out and if you use Retry installation any warnings during prereq checks are ignored.

    It would be great if the Run prerequisites button would be available in this scenario to run it again without ignoring the warnings.

    4 votes
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  12. Manage access accounts globally for the remote content library feature to work - 1806

    With the new feature of having a remote content library for the primary site (a prerequisite for HA ability), there is an issue with the access permissions set on the remote content library.

    During the process of adding a new application/package/driver/bootimage/etc, configmgr creates all the necessary files and folders in its own content library, however on one particular file structure for each package, it takes off inheritance of permissions and adds only the storage servers: 'users' and 'administrators' group.

    This causes issues when the storage is hosted remotely and the primary site computer account is not a member of theā€¦

    62 votes
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  13. Halting/pausing to perform remediation task during an Install of Configuration Manager

    Too many times I've began an install of Configuration Manager, complete the pre-requisite check with no failures, then begin the install only to have some small issue an HOUR INTO THE INSTALL totally derail the install forcing me to start all over. There has to be some way of implementing a halt or pause during the installation to remediate certain issues, like changing the TCP port number the SQL instance uses so the SQL Server broker service can be configured. Or at least make sure that prerequisite check covers everything that could cause an issue later down the line. It'sā€¦

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  14. Would be great if a installation of a SCCM Agent on another hierarchy would be supported and possible.

    In complex service provider environments are sometimes several SCCM hierarchies. Right now there it is not supported way to install a SCCM Agent from a other SCCM hierarchy on for example Pull DP. This kind of Servers cannot be managed by SCCM and we can not deploy Software Updates to them .We are also not able to Monitor Windows Defender Malware infects. In the most cases Customers are installing a Standalone WSUS for a such kind Servers. Even it is especially important to prevent Malware infects on SCCM Servers, customers are then not Monitoring Malware infects.. Would be great ifā€¦

    9 votes
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  15. Allow scheduling of SCCM upgrades

    For those running a Tech Preview lab, you may forget sometimes to update your lap and your release may expire.

    In production sites, it would also be nice to trigger the upgrades on a schedule to not have to be in front of the console to start the upgrade.

    It would be great if you could schedule the servicing upgrades to be ran on a schedule based on release date. Start X days after release at X time, much like an ADR. You could also expose this to PowerShell to provide more customization.

    6 votes
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  16. Add a "Enable Branchcache" box for the SUP Role.

    I was having trouble with BranchCache not deploying any updates. My SUP is on a standalone server and after some light digging I discovered that you have to enable that feature separately. It would be nice if the SUP properties section had "Enable BranchCache" option like the Distribution Point Role.

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  17. Allow changes to DP Description while its in Maintenance mode.

    Allow changes to DP Description while its in Maintenance mode. Once a DP is in MM you cannot change any of the Properties. It would be helpful for people who do not have console access to be able to see that the DP is in MM. Either allowing Admins to modify the name or have CM do it.

    3 votes
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  18. Support disjointed namespace in SCCM updates.

    It is supported during fresh installations but not for updates. Please either thoroughly update documentation regarding this or fix the updates.

    12 votes
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  19. Allow install of State Migration Point role on client operating systems like Distribution Points

    It would be convenient if we could use PCs with client Windows OS (eg. Windows 7 or later) as User State Migration Points to backup and restore user data via USMT on remote locations, like we already do with Distribution Points. Given that, more or less this would imply the creation and management of a "simple" network share on the client, it could be relatively easy to implement and at the same time relieve us from the burden of using scripts etc. to configure and use USMT manually in our TSs.

    43 votes
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  20. Preserve status of Extraction Views on Upgrade

    In our environment, we have a connector set up to bring SCCM data into and System Center Service Manager (SCSM). This requires having SCCM's Extraction Views enabled as described here
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/2874780/the-service-manager-connector-to-configuration-manager-does-not-transf
    and
    https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh949655.aspx

    It appears this is not preserved during SCCM upgrades and has caused problems with SCSM not accurately retrieving certain inventory data from SCCM.

    SCCM Current Branch upgrades should check the status of the Extraction Views, and preserve that status across upgrades. Currently, we have to run the spExtEnableDeleteDetection stored procedure described in the article following an SCCM upgrade to re-enable these views.

    19 votes
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