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  1. Improved Auditing to Status Message when modifiying Status Message Filter Rules

    Currently when disabling/modifying the Auditing Status Message filter rules such as "Write audit messages to the site database and specify the period after which the user can delete the messages.", a very generic message is posted to the Status Message log which is the exact same message for any change to any of the Status Message Filter Rules.

    It would be more useful, especially "Audit" related filter rule changes, that the specific filter rule changed is specified in the status message, and a not just a generic message.

    This will help better in monitoring a auditing hole where, in theory,ā€¦

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  2. When running the "Modify site database configuration" option, do a sql server collation test

    When running the "Modify site database configuration" option, do a sql server collation test to the remote SQL servers . We had the case that we overlooked the CP1_CI_AS requirements as the DB admin just configured CI_AS. When not the right Server Collation Instance , just stop the migration

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  3. Allow Slash (/) Character in Organizational Units for Group Discovery

    When Group Discovery for the whole Domain is activated and there are Organizational Units containing the Slash Character in the Name, you get "failed to bind to Container" Errors in SCCM.

    As long a Slash is an allowed character in LDAP, SCCM should be able to process these OUs correctly.

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  4. Upgrade SCCM directly to rollup version

    Be able to upgrade SCCM directly to a rollup version or hotfix versions. Not everyone upgrades SCCM the moment a new version is released and by the time we have tested and are ready to upgrade there is often a rollup or hotfix available. Due to change management procedures, we are forced to upgrade to a version that has potential known issues before we can start a new change process to upgrade again to the update version. Being able to upgrade direct to the rollups would prevent installing a broken version for weeks prior to upgrading again.

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  5. Add support for Disaster Recovery into SCCM

    SCCM should have built-in functionality for the setup, automation and triggering of a disaster recovery solution. Typically this would involve additional servers operating at a different physical location with replication of data between the active site and the DR site. Upon a DR event, you would transfer or seize functionality at the DR site to transfer control to the DR server(s). SQL Server has multiple DR tools available (mirroring, failover clustering, transaction replication, log shipping, etc.) so there is no need to reinvent that wheel, but SCCM should give similar functionality.

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  6. "Scale-Out" Primary Server

    It would be really great if there was an easy way to decouple components that run on one large Primary Site Server and transfer them on to a number of smaller machines and be able to migrate those roles across machines quickly (similarly to how this is done in SCOM with Management Servers and Resource Pools). That would allow the following:
    1. Simplify Maintenance - currently, every time we need to patch SCCM Primary Site Server, we need to agree upon the outage window with all the teams that rely on SCCM. If we could move the workload, we'd beā€¦

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  7. Allow unicode passwords in ConfigMgr

    With Windows OS you can use unicode characters in passwords. Unfortunately, ConfigMgr doesn't support unicode passwords. If you have unicode characters in your password, ConfigMgr shows a message that password is not correct.

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  8. Add Database Checking to pre-req check

    It would be great if functionality were added to the pre-req check to include an option to do some of the features of the testdbupgrade option of setup. For example, adding an option to check for foreign key constraint issues or other problems that would prevent an upgrade would be a great addition and would prevent issues where the upgrade fails in the middle of the DB upgrade portion of setup.

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  9. Add Support for MSA/gMSA for Standard Roles

    I would like the ability to assign managed service accounts or group managed service accounts to the standard roles for SCCM (i.e. Network Access Account, Domain Join account, Client Push account, etc.) so that those accounts can be secured without the need for knowing or managing the password.

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  10. Do not allow "SMS" as Site Code Name

    I found some customers which has "SMS" as name of SCCM site. This make a lot of problems with normal management. This name should also be make as do not allowed (wizard blocks also other names). And if already named, it should allow one time change.

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    We do document this, and this has been the case since at least SMS 2003.

    See:
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/279868/reserved-site-code-names-in-sms-2003-and-configuration-manager
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sccm/core/servers/deploy/install/prepare-to-install-sites

    I’ve also confirmed that Setup disallows you from using the several “reserved” site code names and has done so since at least 2012 SP2.

    Was unattended setup used? That’s the only way I can think of that may have bypassed this validation.

  11. Integrate an Distribution Sender Interpreter

    Please integrate an Log Interpreter for easier Log Control
    Such as http://www.danrichings.com/?page_id=12 for Sender Log.

    This makes the Life for Package Distribution and Server Control easier in an Enterprise Enviroment.

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  12. Have templates for Windows Server Roles that Site Systems use when deploying

    When installing site systems like SUP I want to have specified an template for how Windows Server should be configured like IIS, WSUS Application Pool etc. in addition to installing the WinSrv Roles. This can bed slightly different from customer to customer and would make it easier for them to deploy new Site Systems with a consistency. Stability would go up and troubleshooting would be easier. Thinking about all Site System roles, not only SUP.

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  13. Make it easier to use HTTPS DP as a pull DP source

    It should be much easier to use HTTPS DP as a pull DP source. Now you need to have a special script to define HTTPS DP as source (= complicated) and pull DP needs to have a ConfigMgr client (= licensing issue). I see increasing number of customers who want to use HTTPS in all their internal IIS servers, including ConfigMgr.

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  14. Allow clients under branch offices to get proxy MP information from assigned secondary site

    By default (that am seeing) , clients under branch offices will not get proxy management info unless you add the boundaries of branches into boundary group with mp defined .
    Lets take ex: I have lot of branch offices in location that has secondary site with MP,DP,SUP (a.ak. proxy MP) .So when i create boundary group for these branch office boundaries ,i do not specific the MP info in site system tab ,because i do not want my branch office clients to download the content from sec site which is DP and also MP. In this case ,i have notā€¦

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  15. DB gets into single user mode

    Where certain database settings got changed on ConfigMgr database.
    We should have a bug to have a prereq check to give error that ConfigMgr admin to validate the database settings before upgrade.

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  16. multisubnetfailoer

    Allow Configuration Manager to support the site DB with multisubnetfailover option enabled.

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  17. support reporting services in an always on configuration

    Support SSRS with a DB that is in an Always on AG

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  18. AD Group Discovery

    It would very helpful if AD Group Discovery had the capability to bring in attributes for the group, just like AD User Discovery has this capability. example ManagedBy attribute. When writing SSRS reports this would be very helpful.

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  19. custom site default settings

    Currently ConfigMgr comes with tons of default Settings, Discovery Methods, Site Maintenance, Client Eval Settings, etc.
    They are super generic, doesn't matter if I'm settings up a lab for 10 VMs on PC Hardware, or for prod with 500K clients on enterprise hardware, I get the same settings. I'd like the installer to scan the hardware it's getting installed on, and have that as a starting point, then ask me additional questions, Intended purpose, approx expected clients, single site server, or future additional servers, and expected roles, then give custom recommended template for settings to best fit my environment. I'dā€¦

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  20. Allow non AD integrated SMTP servers for alert meail notification

    When configuring authenticated SMTP only AD style credential (domain\username) are supported.

    This prevent thar organizations with smtp server that authetictes against other than AD identity providers can be used.

    It would be desirable to allow the use of arbitrary authenticated SMTP server.

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