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  1. Task Sequence Step / Action / Option "Generate Custom Status Message

    It would be really helpful to have the possibility to generate a Status Message with a custom Message ID from within a tasksequence. Maybe as a seperate step, maybe as an checkmark under the "Options" tab.

    This message ID could be used to trigger a Status Filter Rule more granular to improve overall Status Filter Rule performance.

    Example: A company with 20k Clients deploys Operating Systems and Software via task sequences, the result ist that there are hundreds of thousands of 11171 events. When we are able to set a Message ID 65000 in the OSD Task Aequence, we areā€¦

    61 votes
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  2. Cloud Management Gateway (as CSP)

    With 1610, the Cloud Management Gateway feature arrived. Although it's a Pre-Release feature, as Cloud Solution Provider we're UNABLE to use/implement this. And so are our customers...!

    When you try to set this up from the ConfigMgr console, a prerequisite is the Azure Management Certificate, which can't be configured as CSP-tenant because this needs the Classic Azure Portal (ASM). This is unacceptable for us, as CSP, as we would have to instruct our customers to get an Azure Subscription separately.

    https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/cie/2016/11/28/azure-management-certificates-and-publishing-setting-file-with-csp-subscriptions/

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  3. Add line numbers in CMTrace

    I often use a tool to search all log files for a particular entry, and the search results tell me what line the entry is located on within each log file. If CMTrace had line numbers, it would help locate the search results within the log files.

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  4. DCR : Change "Pre-download content for Task Sequence" description in GUI

    This is a DCR request to update the Desploy TS wizard. The option to "Pre-Download content for this task sequence" is by itself misleading. Technicians attempting to deploy a TS, select the option "Pre-Download content for this task sequence" believing all content will be downloaded. Leveraging this option with a Software TS or without an upgrade package, often results in unexpected errors.

    By design this features currently only applies to the OS upgrade package and related drivers. The only place this is mentioned in the CONFIGMGR console is when the feature is enabled.
    "Pre-cache content on client for available deploymentā€¦

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    1 comment  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriateā€¦  ·  Admin →

    Updating status to Noted. Thanks for the feedback.

    The Pre-download content for this task sequence applies to all statically referenced packages OS Images, SWD, Driver Packages, OS Upgrade Packages. If pre-download is set and the task sequence references 1 OS Image, 20 Driver Packages then all 21 will pre-download to cache. Only the OS Upgrade package uses the pre-download logic – match for Language and Architecture.

    We’ll likely add a ‘Learn more’ FWDLink to something like https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sccm/osd/deploy-use/create-a-task-sequence-to-upgrade-an-operating-system rather than change the string. As we add more objects to use Pre-download conditions then we can keep the link updated.

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  6. Make Windows 10 Setup Compatibility Scan Language Neutral

    It would be nice if a checkbox "Perform Windows Setup Compatibility scan withnout starting upgrade" inside "Upgrade Operating System" step in SCCM Upgrade Task Sequence would be language neutral.

    What I mean by this is that we would like to run this scan prior to the Upgrade itself but to be able to do that currently we have to switch the running OS to en-US (the same language as the Upgrade iso), then run the scan and in case an error is found, we need to switch back to original language again and reboot the computer. This is not aā€¦

    23 votes
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  7. 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 fileā€¦

    195 votes
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  8. Download size in Software Center

    As currently as version 1702, the download size for all of the applications and packages in Software Center show "less than 1 MB" and won't show the correct size until after you start the install. This has been happening for a long time.

    32 votes
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  9. Pre-Cache of task sequence content "Files Cached" notification

    When deploying Operating Systems, we are using the Pre-Cache so customers can install at a more suitable time; however there is no notification in Software Centre to advise if the files required for install have been cached.

    This leaves a "pot luck" install, especially for those on slower broadband links on whether the install will start instantly, or if it still has to download the content and wait an inexplicit amount of time before the install can take place.

    Can the "Available" change to "Ready to install now" or similar, so customers know they wont have to wait for downloadingā€¦

    31 votes
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  10. OSD Task Sequence Restart Computer step needs "if reboot pending" option

    Please add to the Restart Computer OSD task sequence step an option that will check if the system requires a reboot and then only restart the computer if it needs to. Right now to work around this need, we have to execute a PowerShell script and write the results to a custom task sequence variable and then use that variable as a condition on the Restart Computer step. Adding this option natively would be much more elegant. Attached is the script we're using.

    60 votes
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  11. Banner Notifications for SCCM

    Hello,

    Good Day!

    can SCCM team add new features that required for any sccm environment

    Banner Notifications for SCCM

    Configuration Manager Admins to easily create and deliver announcements from the Configuration Manager Console to be displayed in real time to all specific clients in the specific collection.

    4 votes
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  12. Add the ability to Copy an Existing Boot Image

    I would like to be able to copy a boot image so I can update it and make changes without breaking the original boot image. Currently you have to create all new boot images by hand and manually add the drivers.

    55 votes
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  13. Incorrect Icon Size When Using New-CMApplication and Set-CMApplication

    When using New-CMApplication or Set-CMApplication with the IconLocationFile parameter and an icon at least 128x128 in size, the application is created with a very small icon. I am not certain if smaller icons are effected.

    11 votes
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  14. Bring back CCMClean support

    We need a "manual" or force clean - a complete removal of all traces of the ConfigMgr client to be supported again.

    Too much wasted time is spent trying to track down all the left overs that cause unhealthy clients.

    Thankfully some of those in the community have published scripts that help, but unfortunately they are "not supported" and many times incomplete.

    18 votes
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  15. 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).

    338 votes
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  16. Improved documentation / flowcharts for client activity

    It would be nice to know the process or flow that occurs on the client side. This information is often times needed to explain the technology to management. There would likely need to be different flowcharts for each client function. The following is made up 100% and is not correct in any way and not in the correct format, but illustrates the idea.

    Client wakes up -> Identification Information sent to Primary Site -> Client receives MP list -> Client receives DP list -> Client randomly chooses MP and requests machine policy -> policy is compared to what has beenā€¦

    4 votes
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  17. Option to use SYSTEM context for detection method for a user-based application deployment

    The application detection method only runs in the user context if it is deployed to a user collection. This would be reasonable if the Deployment Type user experience were set to "Install for User" (User context), however the detection method runs in the user context when this is set to "Install for system" installation behavior (SYSTEM context).

    107 votes
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  18. O365 ADR for New Office Installs

    We have the ability to setup ADR's for O365 updates, but we need the ability to create O365 ADR's for downloads and deployments of the newest O365 Installers to new images that do not have O365 installed yet.

    32 votes
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  19. Preflight checks support in OSD for Win10 upgrades

    Provide a better way to support preflight checks for OS upgrades in terms of success/error being shown to users. Being able to show users a warning sign instead of a hard stop error would give better user experience. Currently, we either get "Installed successful" message, with having continue on error checked, or hard stop or scary error message that's presented to users if requirements aren't met. Everyone uses preflight checks now for OSD, please support it better with better notifications (customized) and error/warning handling.

    38 votes
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    2 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriateā€¦  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for the feedback – updating status to Noted. See https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/configmgreng/2016/03/11/configmrguv/

    As mentioned there’s some excellent samples provided from our MVP community. We’ll likely break this item to distinct pieces e.g. expanding Check Readiness step to test for Battery/Is Wired etc.

    As well as preflight using /Compat prior to upgrade can help with finding issues before deployment. For 1806 that will now run without stopping CCMExec (setting ProvisioningMode).
    Coupled with using /Compat for upgrade Windows produced SetupDiag to help diagnose upgrade blockers in more detail – see https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/deployment/upgrade/setupdiag

  20. Allow user to select 'automatically restart' when applying all required changes.

    When the user received the 'Software changes must be applied to your computer' there are two radio options:
    'Apply all required changes now (recommended)'
    'Apply all required changes outside my business hours'

    There is also an checkbox that say 'Restart my computer automatically if needed'. However, this checkbox is disabled when the first radio option is selected. I would ask that it remains enabled for both options. We are trying to train users to take an active role in installing updates according to their own schedule. The reboot process has become a large portion of the update process. So ifā€¦

    81 votes
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