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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.)

    347 votes
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      Noted  ·  18 comments  ·  Collections  ·  Flag idea as inappropriateā€¦  ·  Admin →
    • ConfigurationManager PowerShell module should register itself as an Env Variable

      Today, when you install the CM Console, the PowerShell module will be placed under the %CMInstallDirectory%\AdminConsole\Bin\ConfigurationManager.psd1

      This makes sense given where the user is choosing to install the console, and that's fine. But placing it here off the beaten path means that it is not importable using PowerShell's module autodiscovery features. For instance, if a module is found in any of the standard user or system paths (or registered under the $ENV:PsModulePath) the user can easily import the module without having to specify the full path, a big user quality of life win. This is the way that SQL Serverā€¦

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        Noted  ·  3 comments  ·  PowerShell  ·  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€¦

        35 votes
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          1 comment  ·  Application Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriateā€¦  ·  Admin →
        • Pass script parameters with Invoke-CMScript

          Allow the Invoke-CMScript to pass script parameters. This could be done with a ScriptParameter hashtable similar to how Invoke-CMReport functions.

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          • Run executable package content (posh script or exe) from RAMdisc

            I need an ability to run executable content, especially posh scripts, in winpe from RAMdisk. I mean, then there is no initialised or partitioned disks in the system.

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              2 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€¦

              169 votes
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              • Boot Image Azure Powershell

                Include option to inject Azure Powershell Cmdlets (including Azure Automation) into Boot Images. As many organizations are moving to the cloud, including the ability to login and run tasks in Azure is a must.

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

                  Thanks for your feedback. Updating status to noted.

                  This item is very similar to "Add “AD Powershell Module” as Optional Component for boot images"

                  We had to decline that as we cannot ship or take a dependency on the AD module. Similarly we won’t be able to take a dependency on Azure PSH module – we can only add what’s in the ADK.

                  Your ask covers a bit more ground with the ability to run tasks in Azure so I’ll leave as noted for now.

                • Upgrade Operating System Built-in Step: Add Option to Keep Files Only

                  Customer does not have the store installed and using the built-in TS step keeps files and apps. I know that the "OSDSetupAdditionalUpgradeOptions" variable can be used, but it would be nice to have the option on the built-in TS step.

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

                    Thanks for responding.

                    We cannot provide a different migration options for the reasons I outlined below. Anything other than ‘Applications, Data and Settings’ will leave the machine unmanaged – while we developed the new upgrade step we tested them all.

                    I’ll see if I can source steps for reinstalling the Store without having to complete a restore.

                  • hashdir.exe for SCCM CB SHA256

                    The old version of HASHDIR.exe tool doesn't work with new version of SCCM. This could be because of SHA256 hashing of SCCM CB.
                    Is there any possibility to release a new version HASHDIR.exe tool for SHA256 hashed content. This would be really useful whenever SCCM admins want to perform has miss match troubleshooting ...
                    This concern was raised by Stefan - https://twitter.com/stefan_farnik/status/1030075218365227008

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                      1 comment  ·  Tools  ·  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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                        6 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

                      • 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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                        • 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.

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                          • Foreground color for Softwarecenter

                            When choosing white colour schema you have white letters with white foreground. Would be great if we can choose the foreground colour or if the letters keep black even when you mark Items on white colour schema.
                            See

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                            • 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€¦

                              37 votes
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                              • Apply Boundary Groups to WinPE Management Point selection

                                Currently it appears that when the SCCM agent in the WinPE boot image connects to a Management Point, it selects one without using the Boundary Group rules, instead selecting one from the AD published list, starting with the first alphabetically.
                                Instead this should behave like the full blown Windows SCCM Client and select a Management Point based on Boundary Groups such as IP range.
                                It is worth noting that Distribution Points are selected correctly according to Boundary Group by the WinPE client, for OSD content.

                                54 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriateā€¦  ·  Admin →
                                • Need support for Option 82 in PXE DHCP handshake as network tenant based on BGP/MPLS needs it for forwarding to DHCP Client.

                                  In order to avoid using distributed PXE Servers a support of the Option on PXE DHCP Handshake would make proper inter tenant forwarding possible.

                                  42 votes
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                                    2 comments  ·  Multi-Tenant/ISP  ·  Flag idea as inappropriateā€¦  ·  Admin →
                                  • Software Center stand alone App

                                    Make Software Center available (as an App?) so that you can see exactly what is in Software Center for a remote machine. You launch the app on your technician PC, supply the machine name and user name and the Software Center shows up on the technician PC with exactly what the user sees. This would be very valuable for level 2 and service desk people to help users.

                                    17 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  Troubleshooting & Support  ·  Flag idea as inappropriateā€¦  ·  Admin →
                                    • New-CMApplication rejects icons larger than 250x250

                                      New-CMApplication rejects icons larger than 250x250 and returns the warning and error below, even though the SCCM console allows icons up to 500x500.
                                      WARNING: The maximum size of an icon is 250px X 250px.
                                      New-CMApplication : Validation of input parameters failed. Cannot continue.

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                                      • 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€¦

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

                                          Thanks for the feedback, excellent suggestion

                                          SCCM doesn’t own the compatibility scan – that’s owned by Windows Setup and I have passed this request on to them for consideration in a future release. I also added the scan should allow Architecture neutral as well.

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