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  1. Add Maintenance Task Results and Details to Monitoring in Console

    Today, you configure maintenance tasks under the administration workspace in the console. To see the results and details around those tasks, you have to go into the component status and parse through the SMS_DATABASE_NOTIFICATION_MONITOR to see when tasks started, stopped, how many records were cleaned, or whether the task failed, or, you can run a query directly against the database that shows when the tasks last started/stopped....but even then the task names in the DB don't necessarily match the names in the console. I propose that there is an area in Monitoring workspace that shows the status for each task,…

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    • Provide a version of cmtrace that is compatible with AppLocker / Device Guard

      At the moment when cmtrace is opened, it extracts the appropriate architecture version to AppData\Local\Temp\<temporary file name>.tmp and executes it. Customers often put cmtrace in the system32 directory of computers to aid with troubleshooting.

      With recent randsomware attacks, companies are starting to look at blocking programs from executing from AppData with AppLocker and Device Guard.

      A workaround so far has been to copy the tmp file and rename it to cmtrace.exe and placing it in approved directory for executing applications, but this sort of extra effort could easily be solved by providing an update to the tool that simply includes…

      22 votes
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      • Make it simpler to author collection query rules

        Create a tool to allow the translation of a SQL query back into WQL that can be used in a collection. Alternatively, change the WQL wizard to be more useful and similar to the SQL management studio.

        21 votes
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        • CMTrace needs multiple highlight rules, and highlighting shortcut.

          Give more options in CMTrace for highlighting.

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          • Open multiple files from command line with cmtrace

            What the description says. I'd love to open multiple files with CMTrace so it can more easily be integrated with 3rd party utilities!

            10 votes
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            • temporary local admin permissions

              we need a function to add a normal user into the local Client Administration Group for a defined timerange.
              User requests admin permission to install a Software XYZ, that he is able to install this Software XYZ by himself.
              So a time scheduled "Software-Installation [add user abc into local admin group]" could be a solution. After this timerange, the user will be removed from this Group.

              8 votes
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              • Package conversion manager

                Please release a new version of Package Conversion Manager that is compatible with Configuration Manager Current Branch. Current Branch appears to break this application.

                7 votes
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                • Fix CM trace display when line of NULL in the logs

                  I noticed that when you open a log file with CMtrace, if there is a line of null, the trace is not able to display the following lines anymore.
                  This happens quite often in SCCM clients.
                  This has been validated and tested with Microsoft support as well.
                  Attached an example.
                  Last displayed time = 17:10:55
                  Last log entry time = 09:19:15

                  6 votes
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                  • service connection tool - allow restart on downloads

                    Enable restart on downloads using Service Connection tools. Some customers are in remote and/or highly controlled sensitive environments which require the use of the Service Connection Tool. These environments can experience interruptions in internet connectivity is interrupted which cause the download to fail or even an unexpected reboot of the computer you are using to download the updates. You have downloaded 10 or 15 GB of data and you have to start all over. This is frustrating and needs to be addressed.

                    6 votes
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                    • ServiceConnectionTool.exe - progress indicator and resume downloading

                      Right now it's really hard to guess how long it takes and what serviceconnectiontool.exe is doing. Is there any possibility to add some progress indicator which will tell how much elements should be downloaded, and where is it right now that little utility? Estimated size of downloading also would be helpfull. Moving files outside of pen during downloading is not a good idea, and there's no info how much more space will be needed to download all needed files. Also resuming after connection failed will be welcome. This tool should help users.

                      6 votes
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                      • cmtrace.exe new color wish for success keyword (green)

                        It would be nice to have an additional color like for example green for the word success....

                        the yellow for warning and red for failure/error is already Handy but to outline a Special success state would make it perfect.

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                        • pre-populated SCCM for demo purpose

                          It would be nice to have a pre-populated SCCM that can quickly be setup to be able to showcase/demo SCCM when going to clients. I'm thinking something in the line of the already existing Microsoft Customer Immersion Experience (CIE) for Office 365, where for example a PowerShell script is used to drop the necessary sources and DB and performs a restore of an SCCM site.

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                          • Incorporate Configuration Manager Servicing Extension's Collection Builder functionality to the main product

                            Today Configuration Manager Servicing Extension brings new functionality to the product but it is a separate download. It provides a list of Configuration Manager client versions that may be present in your environment, and makes it easy to create queries to locate these clients. Make this functionality built-in to the main product.

                            4 votes
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                            • Improve WOL functionality with default MAC and IP address configuration

                              It would be nice if we could specify a default MAC on device import. This way we could set the hard-wired MAC as the default. Or if there is a way to detect hard-wired vs wireless MAC so we can exclude the wireless MAC for WOL.

                              The other piece to this is the broadcast address. We would need a way to specify the broadcast address for the wired IP address? Currently when we remove a laptop from a cart or dock it connects to wireless and then the last registered address in SCCM is for the wireless.

                              Maybe we could…

                              4 votes
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                              • RBA Viewer that works with CM CB

                                The RBA Viewer that is released in 2015 constantly crashes in my production system. I was able to get it to work in a lab running an older verison of SCCM.
                                So far it crashes with CM1606 and 1702

                                Can RBA Viewer be updated to support the new permissions that have been introduced over the past 2 years and updated it with every release of CM CB?

                                If there are no plans to update rbaviewer can a statement be released that the current version is not supported with CM1606 and beyond?
                                Or whatever version you feel is appropriate?
                                I

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                                • Dedicated SCCM website: wikis, forums, blogs

                                  I haven't found any good information on how to prerequisite any Java - not a specific version, always the newest - for an application. It would be nice to have a place to ask such things (and please don't refer me to the TechNet forum; try find any info like that there, or even ask such a question, you're better of -> see below: scattered)

                                  A dedicated SCCM website with user and microsoft staff wikis, forums, blogs etc. all in one place hosted by Microsoft (or anyone else really it wouldn't matter, but not that scattered all over the place/internet…

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                                  • Ability to take a screenshot of the usings desktop

                                    I'd like the ability for console to request the client to provide a screenshot of the desktop much like how the meraki agent works.

                                    3 votes
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                                    • Integrate command prompt/psexec To console

                                      It would be nice if you could open remote command prompt to client from console. Like psexec \\client cmd, system account could be used.

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                                      • Select specific WMI classes or Logfiles in SCCM Support Center

                                        It would be nice to have the ability to select specific WMI classes or Logfies easily within the SCCM Support Center. Right now i have to edit the config XML and sometimes the support center crashes. That would Help if you try to pull files or classes for specific Scenario from Clients and you dont Need all of them.

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                                        • Change temporary unpack path of Support Center Viewer

                                          If i open a "Bundle" in Support Center Viewer all the data gets stored in:
                                          C:\Users\<USER>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\ConfigMgrSupportCenter.Common\Temporary

                                          It woul be nice to Change that path or to provide a path during the unpack procedure. Right now i have alsmost 8GB of data in that path and it seems to not clean up by itself.

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