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  1. Add Maintenance Mode to all (or most) site roles

    I know of a few environments that set up roaming User state migration points for mass upgrades/hardware refreshes, or have an MP offline here and there. When installing a configuration manager update, site servers that are offline hold up the process. From what I understand, DPs in maintenance mode are "skipped over" until they come back online and then are upgraded. Can this same sort of concept be expanded to other site system roles as well?

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  2. Add site setting to Automatically enable/disable maintenance mode as DPs go offline and come back online

    Currently we run a powershell script every half hour that pings all our DPs and places any that dont respond to a series of 3 pings with a 45 second wait between them into maintenance mode. This script also takes any DPs currently in maintenance mode that do respond to a ping out of maintenance mode. Can this be integrated into the console? Seems like most of the code base for this is already there with the MP showing online status for clients in the console (would obviously have to handle non-managed DPs as well).

    2 votes
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  3. 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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  4. FIX Bitlocker for MPs in Untrusted Forests

    FIX Bitlocker for MPs in Untrusted Forests - We use SCCM across untrusted forests. Upon upgrading to SCCM 1910 and implementing the integrated Bitlocker Management (integrated MBAM) we cannot install the Bitlocker websites on the MPs in the untrusted forest.

    4 votes
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  5. Allow the downloading of the SCCM version upgrade hot-fix files

    Every time we have an upgrade to complete there hot-fixes to apply. The process at this time is to wait for SCCM to finalize the update process. Re-install the console, and then request Updates and Servicing to check in for an update then download this process can take a long time. Then we can sit and the hot fix to complete the job. Sometimes there multiple hot-fixes to apply.
    If there was the ability to download the hot fixes in advance this would cut the time on update date by 90 minutes in my environment.

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  6. 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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  7. ADK Presence check on Remote SMSPROVIDER in SCCM CB Upgrade Setup

    MS Case : 17052664 >> Post upgrade of SCCM CB 1906 we realised that one of remote SMSPROVIDER server was not working properly. This remote SMSPOVIDER never had ADK installed on it since SCCM infrastructure was setup. Error never reported in the past in any upgrade but it stopped working post successful upgrade of 1906. In order to fix this issue in future it should be part of Prerequisite check in upgrade setup.

    7 votes
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  8. 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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  9. Use a PKI certificate for the SQL Service Broker (SSB) instead of a self-signed certificate.

    Some enterprises are disabling the use of SHA-1 certificates in their environment. To avoid using a SHA-1 certificate for the Data Replication Service (DRS), you must move to SQL 2017 where the self-signed certificate defaults to SHA-256. The use of a PKI certificate would provide more flexibility/security going forward.

    6 votes
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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. SCCM Maintenance mode

    SCCM would benefit to have a setting to put the SCCM infrastructure into a "maintenance mode" to avoid needless errors being reported.

    For example, when OS patching of Infrastructure servers occurs, we get errors such as (among others):

    Message ID 515 - Could not connect to registry hive HKEYLOCALMACHINE\Software\Microsoft\SMS on computer XXXX

    Message ID 1037 - Site Component Manager could not access site system "\xxxxxx"

    Message ID 600 - Failed to get a SQL Server connection. Either the SQL Server is not running, or all connections have been used.

    etc.

    I would like to see an time likeā€¦

    20 votes
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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. Modify the Configuration Manager prerequisites checker

    Modify the Configuration Manager prerequisites checker to look for supported Windows ADK version

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  16. SCCM software should cater for hostname change and OS Upgrade

    SCCM is a software deployment tools. It should support at least on hostname change or OS Upgrade.

    Ultimately, the software is a design for Enterprise usage.
    To redo entire setup just not feasible for a server hostname change.

    18 votes
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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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