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  1. Maintenance window recurrence pattern offset from a base day

    Allow the recurrence pattern for maintenance windows to be scheduled with an offset from a base day.

    Meaning, if we want a maintenance window on the Wednesday following the Second Tuesday of every month, we could configure a maintenance window for the Second Tuesday with a +1 offset.

    (This would be similar to the offset option added to ADRs in 1802.)

    318 votes
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      Noted  ·  18 comments  ·  Collections  ·  Flag idea as inappropriateā€¦  ·  Admin →
    • Enhance Phased Deployment for Applications

      TL;DR: Make Phased Deployments for Applications the same as Phased Deployments for Task Sequences where you can create up to 10 phases and manually initiate the second phase of deployment.

      Explanation:
      Currently in 1806 although you can create a phased deployment for an Application, you're limited in two key areas:

      1) You cannot manually create phases for an application
      2) You cannot manually begin the second phase of deployment for an application
      3) You are limited to 2 phases for an application

      In our environment we follow a controlled graceful deployment process where an Application Model application is deployed office-by-officeā€¦

      33 votes
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        0 comments  ·  Application Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriateā€¦  ·  Admin →
      • Integrate /ResetBase and WIM Optimization/Exporting into Offline Servicing

        In the interest in making my OS deployment task sequences as fast and as optimized as possible, I always optimize WIM files anytime they're updated or re-created.

        In my build/capture task sequence, I add a step at the very end before capture to run DISM /StartComponentCleanup /ResetBase so that all of the superseded updates are removed from the base image before it is captured. This results in a smaller WIM file and obviously, faster deployment times.

        With the built-in Offline Servicing option for OS images, once new updates are added, they remain in the component store of the image whenā€¦

        71 votes
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          3 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriateā€¦  ·  Admin →
        • Improve Content Replication

          Content Replication from Site to DPs should be a frustration free Process or SCCM Admins. Unfortunately, I know no customer without smaller or bigger issues in this area.
          Here is an uncomplete list of some issues IĀ“ve noticed:
          ā€¢ Content Eval - Scheduled Task lost
          o SCCM does not check if the schedule task got lost/deleted
          o Suggested Solution: SCCM should verify the Scheduled Task on Service Startup
          ā€¢ Content Eval - Hash mismatch/Eval fails for package
          o When content Eval fails for a package, the admin must manually redistribute it / take care of the error
          o There shouldā€¦

          164 votes
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            Noted  ·  2 comments  ·  Content  ·  Flag idea as inappropriateā€¦  ·  Admin →
          • Task Sequence Pre-Cache for all Packages inside

            It would be nice to have the ability to conditionally pre-cache all packages in Upgrade TS and not only OS Upgrade step.

            To describe it in more details, in current design we are able to pre-cache only OS Upgrade step to computers based on conditions. This is not enough for companies with 20+ languages as best approach is to create en-us core image and then apply MUI on top of that. Doing this will cause system to report as e.g. de-de so we would need to download and distribute to 150+ DPs all supported Upgrade packages instead of distributing onlyā€¦

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              5 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/ for an explanation of each status

              We have this in our backlog from when we introduced the pre-cache for OS Upgrade packages and agree it makes a ton of sense. The first action would probably be adding Make/Manufacturer for Driver Packages, then look at ways to address MUIs, Language packs

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                Noted  ·  0 comments  ·  PowerShell  ·  Flag idea as inappropriateā€¦  ·  Admin →
              • Import/Export Cmdlet Parameter aliases

                Could we please have a common alias for the file path parameters in the various import/export cmdlets?

                For example, currently we have:
                1. Export-CMBaseline uses -Path to set output path, and
                2. Export-CMTaskSequence uses -ExportFilePath.

                Then we have:
                1. Import-CMBaseline using -FileName to determine location of exported files
                2. Import-CMApplication using -FilePath,
                3. Import-CMTasksequence using -Path.

                A common alias like "Path" or "FilePath" for all these parameters will be very handy in reducing complexity of scripts calling your Cmdlets.

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                  0 comments  ·  PowerShell  ·  Flag idea as inappropriateā€¦  ·  Admin →
                • Run Scripts: Ability to Edit Scripts

                  In 1706, once you create a script and approve it (or deny it) there is no way to alter the script except but to create a new one. Would be great to have the ability to set the script back to waiting for approval, which would unlock the code to be edited.

                  118 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  PowerShell  ·  Flag idea as inappropriateā€¦  ·  Admin →
                  • Powershell cmdlet for adding global conditions as requirements

                    We are using PowerShell as a frontend for creating applications. As default we create multiple deployment type, each of them intented to run in certain environemts. These environemts are defined in some custom global conditions.

                    When creating the deployment type we can very easily identify which global contitions shold be set as requirement. But we miss a Powershell cmdlet to automize this task. Instead we rely on the application creator to remember to add these conditions.

                    So far I have found a PS-script that can add one of the build-in conditions, but it fails when trying to add a customā€¦

                    34 votes
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                      2 comments  ·  PowerShell  ·  Flag idea as inappropriateā€¦  ·  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.

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                        Noted  ·  11 comments  ·  Software Center  ·  Flag idea as inappropriateā€¦  ·  Admin →
                      • 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€¦

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                          4 comments  ·  Client Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriateā€¦  ·  Admin →
                        • Prevent Cache Limit from Causing Application Deployment Failure

                          Once the cache has been filled all subsequent application deployments fail until the cache self-cleans. In CAS.log you see that the client is refusing to download the content because the cache, not the actual disk, is full.

                          This strikes me as a non-optimal design choice if the goal is to successfully install applications. If I want to install an application I do not want it to fail because of an artificial limit that until very recently was set at the time of client install. Most of the time the cache clears in 24 hours and there's no problem but thereā€¦

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                            Noted  ·  7 comments  ·  Application Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriateā€¦  ·  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).

                            280 votes
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                              5 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriateā€¦  ·  Admin →
                            • Stop unnecessary "New software is available" pop-up on each logon after a user has uninstalled an available application.

                              After a user installs an application that was deployed as "Available", but later uninstalls the application, the user gets a balloon pop-up every time they logon saying "New software is available".

                              There is NO way to prevent this from happening apart from removing the user from the collection where the application was deployed, and adding them back. This has been the case since CM12 was released but this is not a desirable behavior especially when there's no "valid" way of preventing this.

                              192 votes
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                                Noted  ·  10 comments  ·  Software Center  ·  Flag idea as inappropriateā€¦  ·  Admin →
                              • When a console crashes and you are editing a task sequence, allow sedo unlock if user name matches yours

                                It happened to me yesterday with SCCM 1602 CB, I was editing two task sequences at the same time, trying to copy a section from one into the other when the console crashed. I needed the work done and this didn't help as as soon as I started the console again I got the familiar message shown below. The problem is you have to wait 30 minutes for the sedo lock to be removed or use PowerShell cmdlets to try and remove the lock.

                                I don't think that is necessary at all as there is already a retry button onā€¦

                                189 votes
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                                  10 comments  ·  Admin Console  ·  Flag idea as inappropriateā€¦  ·  Admin →
                                • Ability to automatically install Windows 10 ADK releases (or rollback or apply hotfix) via Updates and Servicing.

                                  The windows 10 adk has changed a few times since the original release of Windows 10, there have been two major releases and one hotfix to fix issues with the second release, as a consequence of that many people got jittery about upgrading to ADK 10 1511.

                                  How are we going to deal with this in a good way, a really good way. Prior to this we didn't have to upgrade our boot images every 6 months or so.

                                  Here's the suggestion:-

                                  #1. When we update from 1602 to 1607 (or whatever) to support the next generation of Windows, itā€¦

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                                    13 comments  ·  Software Updates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriateā€¦  ·  Admin →
                                    Noted  ·  sangeev responded

                                    Updated to Noted. We’ve been discussing the same in our planning meetings.

                                    Thanks,
                                    BobMN on behalf of SangeeV for SCCM OS Deployment

                                  • Remove from Collection / Move to Collection in OSD

                                    Sometimes it might be handy to remove a computer from the OSD collection as a final step during the task sequence. Or additionally add the computer to additional collection(s) for for example extra software deployment or another task sequence.
                                    Now scripts need to be created therefore and in my experience this doesn't always work well.
                                    A predefined step where the collectionname or collectionID needs to be added to add (or remove) the computer to (or from) would be much appreciated.

                                    45 votes
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                                      3 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriateā€¦  ·  Admin →
                                    • Add "AD Powershell Module" as Optional Component for boot images

                                      It would be very handy to have the AD powershell module that's included in Windows Server and RSAT as an optional component for boot images. I've been including this manually in my boot image as per this article [https://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/24413.add-powershell-active-directory-module-in-windows-pe.aspx], but of course with SCCM now being updated so frequently, I have to constantly re-embed this powershell module in the boot WIM. Querying AD during OSD seems like a fairly common requirement, so this ought be quite an easy feature to justify, and relatively trivial to implement.

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                                        2 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriateā€¦  ·  Admin →
                                      • Suppress user logon while using Task Sequences outside of OSD that require a restart

                                        When using task sequences to deploy applications or settings that require a restart, please include a check box on the "Restart Computer" action to suppress the user logon actions (ie. Ctrl + Alt + Del).

                                        8 votes
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                                          1 comment  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriateā€¦  ·  Admin →
                                        • Support OSD over Wireless

                                          As more and more devices are shipping without wired network adapters, and more business areas are going "wireless only," the traditional ability to reimage a device in place is getting scarce. This is especially true in primary and secondary education institutions.

                                          Please provide support for adding Wireless drivers to WinPE, and the ability to provision wireless network profiles for the WinPE phase of the task sequence to enable imaging over wireless network connections.

                                          385 votes
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                                            14 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriateā€¦  ·  Admin →
                                            Noted  ·  sangeev responded

                                            Updated by bobmn for sangeev/OSD

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