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  1. Make automatic client upgrade more intelligent to not break other running installations

    Right now, the automatic Client upgrade scheduled Task is not aware of any running installations. So if appenforce.log shows a running Installation and at the same time the randomly timed scheduled tasks kicks in, the Installation cannot finish without error and will randomly leave the Installation or the SCCM Client itself in a unhealthy state. A reinstallation is the only way out.

    Repro steps
    - Activate automatic Client Upgrade in Hierarchy settings
    - Exclude some test clients from automatic client upgrade
    - Create an Application with a deploymenttype using a custom script
    - As the script, use a batch file…

    126 votes
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      3 comments  ·  Client Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Wants to get display notifcation message in clients to close any opened Office 365 apps while updates installation started

      In SCCM 1610 users are not displaying notification message in clients to close any Office 365 opened apps before Office updates installation started in "Software Center" and even we set forceappshutdown=False switch in Configuration.xml file for Office 365

      147 votes
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        8 comments  ·  Software Updates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • More persistent Software Update restart notification

        Currently behavior is that if Software Updates have installed and a restart is required, initial notification will pop up and then disappear. User may not have seen notification and often will not see any further notifications unless they happen to be in front of the system at just the right time or see the final no-dismiss dialog.

        Would be great to have the initial restart dialog remain on screen until user dismisses (or initiates restart) to ensure dialog is seen by user. Dialog should include time remaining to restart deadline.

        54 votes
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          4 comments  ·  Software Updates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Have PkgXferMgr set *all* jobs destined to a given Pull DP to retry after the configured interval on failure

          Currently, if there are 100 jobs in DistributionJobs destined for a given Pull DP, and PkgXferMgr fails to connect to the DP for the first one, only that job is marked with a retry time 20 minutes (by default) in the future. We then move on to the next jobs, all destined for the same DP, and mark them individually for retry. In a very busy environment with lots of Pull DPs and jobs, having just 5 or 6 DPs that are offline, this looping prevents PkgXferMgr from scheduling most of the jobs that are destined to DPs that are…

          27 votes
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            1 comment  ·  Content  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Different Software Center branding for different collections

            The same ConfigMgr environment might contain users/devices from different companies/departments who require different branding settings (color, company name, logo).

            Software Center branding options should be part of client agent settings and then you could deploy different branding settings to different collections.

            11 votes
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              Noted  ·  0 comments  ·  Software Center  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Implement reporting (tracking) for package on demand distribution

              For the Feature described here https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg712321.aspx> Scenario 7 ability to distribute packages on demand - there is no way of traking or reporting if this was Happening to the package. I would like to have a report reflecting what packages have been initiated by this Distribution method. This might be be a package flag. Today the only way of seeing this is looking at the MP LM with advanced logging turned on finding

              <ProvisionDPRequest SchemaVersion="1.00"><Packages PackageID="CAS00010"><DP NALPath="[&quot;Display=\\wcp2.test.msft\&quot;]MSWNET:[&quot;SMS_SITE=CP2&quot;]\\wcp2.test.msft\" SiteCode="CP2"/></Packages></ProvisionDPRequest>

              25 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Deployment Monitoring  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Software Center "Sort by" default view

                Change default "sort by" order from "Most recent" to Alphabetic list (Application name A-Z). Or remember the setting for the client. Or allow a SysAdmin setting for site-wide default setting. It always resets back to Most recent.

                23 votes
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                  Noted  ·  1 comment  ·  Software Center  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • SCEP support for Windows Server 2016 Core

                  Support for Endpoint protection on Windows Server 2016 Core.

                  17 votes
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                    3 comments  ·  Endpoint Protection  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • windows 10 upgrade servicing

                    Support SUP/ESD/WSUS/update-based packages via the "Upgrade Operating System" task sequence step so that task sequence-driven upgrades can benefit from the smaller size of the ESD files (2.5GB) compared to the full media used today (3.5GB).

                    246 votes
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                      3 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Hardware inventory sould include Secure Boot state by default

                      In ConfigMgr TP 1701 the Hardware Inventory now collects UEFI information. To complete the story the Secure Boot should also be included by default.

                      42 votes
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                        3 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Change the maximum run time of cumulative updates to 30 minutes

                        With the new 'cumulative updates' model I think it would be a good idea to change the maximum run time of cumulative updates to 30 minutes (or whatever is best suited). I have noticed more timeout issues with patching in the last couple of months due to the default 10 minutes not being enough time to install 'X' patches as a single CU. This would be preferred to manually overriding them every month.

                        173 votes
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                          under review  ·  6 comments  ·  Software Updates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Add macOS X Support for DEP Deployments

                          Actually it´s not possible to enroll an macOS iMAC oder MacBook into DEP. Only iOS is working.

                          12 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  Mobile Device Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Add the ability to deploy and manage drivers post OS deployment

                            what would be great to see is a mechanism which would allow for the deployment of drivers to client computers post the OSD. ideally it would be fantastic if it can use the same driver package as is used in the OS Deployment to save the administrative overhead needing to have 2 different ways to deploy updated drivers like we need to today where we package the drivers for OS deployment, while to deploy to the existing hardware we need to depend upon the vendors installation package which in some cases don't allow silent installation so requires a large amount…

                            56 votes
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                              2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Would like to replace the Windows defender icon with the SCEP icon when managed by Endpoint Protection

                              In windows 10 when managed by SCCM+Endpoint Protection, we get Windows Defender as the Endpoint Protection client, which is fine as they use the same engine.

                              However the icon is for Windows Defender which doesn't make sense.

                              Can we change it to the SCEP icon instead which would make more sense and go along with the installed software SCEP in control panel which does have the correct icon (in Programs and Features).

                              Having the SCEP icon would be a nice visual clue (aside from looking at applied policies) that SCEP was managing Antivirus rather than Windows itself

                              158 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  Endpoint Protection  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Application deployment is available/required depending if a user is logged on or not

                                I'd like to create an application deployment that is available when a user is logged on and it would be automatically required if a user is not logged on.

                                This is needed when application deployment can happen only if some process is not running. In 1702 you can close some running process, which helps the problem. However, there are situations when you cannot close the conflicting processes, because the user might lose some data. In these scenarios, you need a way to initiate the deployment immediately, when the user logs off or if there are no user logged on.

                                8 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Application Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Best of Configuration Items

                                  I would like to see "Top (n) Configuration Items" of world wide SCCM installs made avalable to other users for reviewing and downloading.

                                  Top (n) CI's could be rated by MS SCCM Telemetry, by other users and so forth. From the top list of CI's admins could then download either MS approved ready CI's or mockups of good methods and practices to be used in their CI's.

                                  Target would be to easilly recieve top 5-10 CI's that enterprises now use to check BitLocker status, Client Cache sizes/states etc.

                                  Posted by @arisaastamoinen

                                  6 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  Compliance Settings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Opening View and information

                                    The Default view for Software Center is no longer beneficial to the end user. Tile view gives no information on the various applications. Would prefer these 2 changes:
                                    1. Default to List view. This way they can at least see the status of the packages advertised.
                                    2. Have the Filter have the ability to hide already installed packages (have filters for the various statuses). If I wanted to see that info, I would go to the Install Status page (which I might add, defaults to List view)

                                    17 votes
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                                      Noted  ·  4 comments  ·  Software Center  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Include cross-references to embedded updates in http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com

                                      Sometimes Microsoft embeds KBs into other KBs.

                                      For example, KB3173424 and KB3173426 (depending on OS) are embedded into MS16-100 KB3172729

                                      This can be seen in the SCCM 2012 R2 console by right-clicking the Security Update for Windows Server 2012 (or R2) (KB3172729), select "Properties", "Content Information" tab.

                                      But this information is not indexed reliably elsewhere and it should be.

                                      Request for feature implementation:
                                      Include cross-references to embedded updates in http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com data

                                      Example:
                                      In http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=3173426 package details, there could be a reference to say something like "This update is embedded into KB3172729" and conversely in the entries for KB3172729, it could…

                                      8 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  Software Updates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Automatic shutdown of computers when WOL is used

                                        When WOL is used to install software updates during non business hours, it would be great if there is an option to shutdown computers which were woke up by WOL only post installation of software updates/application, so this will avoid using third part software's to initiate shutdown.

                                        14 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  Software Updates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Changelog Task Sequence

                                          It would be nice to have a changelog tab (administrative notes) in the properties of a task sequence.

                                          In this tab everyone can log the settings of the changes he/she made in a task sequence.

                                          7 votes
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                                            1 comment  ·  Application Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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