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  1. Reduce the amount of time needed perform a CM upgrade

    For most companies, Configuration Manager is becoming a mission critical service the requires less and less downtime. Upgrading large environments/DBs can take up to 5 hours for the CAS, and 4-5 hours for primary sites. Also, most customers want to get the latest hotfixes installed right after performing an upgrade. In some cases, the hotfixes take just a long to complete as the original upgrade. Overall, this can require long outages (sometimes 2 days) to get current.

    Potential Solutions:

    1. The ability to upgrade directly to the latest hotfix as noted here:
    https://configurationmanager.uservoice.com/forums/300492-ideas/suggestions/33166225-upgrade-sccm-directly-to-rollup-version

    2. Reduce the time needed to regenerate…

    64 votes
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      0 comments  ·  Setup and Server Infrastructure  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Speed up SCCM CB servicing Update (for small SCCM CB hotfixes)

      Hi, I don´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 Site…

      29 votes
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        2 comments  ·  Setup and Server Infrastructure  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 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 the…

        27 votes
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        • 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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          • Multiple SCCM site backups prior to upgrade

            The new way to upgrade SCCM is great. However in order to have a restore point if the upgrade fails, we are currently running indipendent backups on CAS and our 3 Primaries. If we ever would need to rollback, we are not sure to be able to restore the infra from the backups we have taken, because they are not synchronized (each one run at his own speed). It would be great if there would be a task that would take a backup / snapshot of the full CAS and PRI (something like an SCCM backup for all sites that…

            8 votes
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            • Expand use rights associated with the SQL technology provided with System Center Configuration Manager

              As noted in the licensing FAQ (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sccm/core/understand/product-and-licensing-faq) and more specifically in the comments (https://github.com/MicrosoftDocs/SCCMdocs/issues/464) the SQL Server license included with ConfigMgr does not allow hosting databases for solutions commonly integrated with ConfigMgr.

              This is a request to include rights to use relevant Microsoft / 1st party products (MDT, MBAM, PowerBI integrated with ConfigMgr) and 3rd party solutions which have the exclusive purpose of maintaining a healthy ConfigMgr environment (CMMonitor / Ola Hallagren's SQL Server Maintenance Solution, Anders Rodland's ConfigMgr Client Health solution, etc.) in the SQL usage rights that are included with ConfigMgr.

              Microsoft solutions which…

              15 votes
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              • 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.

                6 votes
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                • FQDN everywhere

                  Please stop using NetBIOS names, let's use FQDN everywhere - assets, reports, queries, deployments etc. It is a true challenge to use SCCM with dozens domains of customers :)

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                  • 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.

                    21 votes
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                    • Would like to ability to monitor Secondary Site upgrade in the Monitoring workspace

                      Would like to ability to monitor Secondary Site upgrade in the Monitoring workspace

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                      • Would like the ability to upgrade a Secondary Site instead of performing a recovery during hotfix installation or TAP to GA upgrade

                        Would like the ability to upgrade a Secondary Site instead of performing a recovery during hotfix installation or TAP to GA upgrade.

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                        • Allow easier move to Site Server HA

                          Too much manual work, and juggling of steps... setup of content library, move providers, move SQL, move roles remote. If I'd like to just move machines to a newer OS, or a new machine name... give me the easiest way possible to move the switch.

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                          • Allow Site server HA e2e on a maximum of 2 machines

                            HA should always be able to run on a maximum of 2 machines. This includes all remote roles, as well as provider, as well as reporting, as well as SQL (including AO). Don't require any roles to be remote from the 2 machines.

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                            • Support Active/Active mode with Site Server High Availability

                              Now that Site Server HA is supported in 1806 (primaries) / 1810 (hierarchies)… it is only Active/Passive. Add capabilities for Active/Active.

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                              • The ability to create the Secondary Site bootstrap media manually. Will be especially useful for slow link sites to use other mechanisms to

                                The ability to create the Secondary Site bootstrap media manually. Will be especially useful for slow link sites to use other mechanisms to copy the file to the Secondary Sites instead of using Configmgr's distribution

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                                • 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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                                  • Implement a sccm managed system to enable HTTPS communication between clients and site system roles

                                    As the title says:
                                    Implement a system to enable HTTPS communication between clients and site system roles from the SCCM console, comparable to the Advanced HTTP Site System feature so that we don't have to setup and configure AD Certificate Services to distribute certificates to the clients.
                                    Or a mechanism that allows the Azure AD Security token, in scenario's with hybrid domain join in place, to be used to authenticate against https enabled internal site systems

                                    3 votes
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                                    • Pre-stage Update bits on secondaries

                                      Current branch updates and hotfixes take a long time to apply. This could be sped up if we could do 2 things.

                                      1. run a pre-req on the secondaries ahead of the upgrade, like we can do for the primary.
                                      2. pre-stage the bits on the secondary, It take s a long time to copy the bits over and greatly prolongs the update process.

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                                      • SQL Native Client

                                        The Components which were installed during the SCCM Setup should be updated during the Current Branch process if it's an necessary feature for the Environment.

                                        For Example the SQL Native Client. The most Companies got an separated SQL Team and got an Problem of responsibility during the Upgrade process.

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                                        • Management Point Health Alert

                                          When adding an MP, the box "Generate alert when MP is not health" is never checked by default. Should be checked by default, and why is this even an option? I don't see a scenario where an Admin wouldn't want to know the MP isn't health.

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