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  1. 3rd Party Patching - Catalogs

    Enable easier integration with partner products or have the ability to pull down 3rd party catalogs.

    260 votes
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    Noted  ·  3 comments  ·  Software Updates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. Deploy Package to Multiple Collections at one time

    Allow packages to be deployed to multiple collections at one time. For instance I need AppX to go to Lab 1, Lab 2 and Lab4. Instead of going into AppX 3 different times to deploy, it would be nice to deploy it to all 3 labs at one time.

    232 votes
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    Noted  ·  15 comments  ·  Application Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. Applications - Provide a means to have other applications run after an application is installed.

    There is the ability to specify dependencies for Applications, however the ability to run another Application POST install would be awesome. Often when an application is installed there is a post configuration task that needs to run.

    226 votes
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    Noted  ·  23 comments  ·  Application Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. Have the ability to remove a CAS when only one primary site is left

    Beginning with 2012SP1, we have the ability to add a CAS to an autonomous primary site. It could be interesting to reverse the proposition by having the ability to remove a CAS above a Primary when a CAS is no longer needed or has been set for a wrong reason.
    I know that it could be done through creating another hierarchy and using migration tasks by this is quite difficult for it requires additional hardware.

    215 votes
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    Noted  ·  15 comments  ·  Setup and Server Infrastructure  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. Apply all deployed applications step in OSD

    A step during OSD that queries SCCM for the applications deployed to a machine. If any are deployed to collections the machine is a member of they are installed one at a time, performing any restarts untill the whole list is complete. This should be an integrated step rather than implemented inconsistently by third-parties in PS or IIS

    208 votes
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    Noted  ·  7 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  6. Allow us the ability to view all variables and their values that are available in a task sequence (both built-in and custom) via a gui

    While testing some new functionality in SCCM 1602 current branch I inadvertently searched for a possible new variable using the 'set dynamic variable' step.

    Unfortunately that doesn't list read only variables in the 'existing variables' list (read only variables begin with _). It would be awesome if this gui would list all built-in variables (including read-only ones) as this would make searching for a particular variable easier than having to google or bing it.

    Secondly, how about the option to list all custom defined variables in this gui, along with their values (if any). today we get the following headings…

    192 votes
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    2 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Noted  ·  sangeev responded

    Thanks for the feedback.

    Updated by bobmn for sangeev/OSD

  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 file…

    187 votes
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    5 comments  ·  Client Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  8. 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 I´ve noticed:
    • 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
    • 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 should…

    187 votes
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    Noted  ·  2 comments  ·  Content  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  9. Windows 10 Servicing Customization

    It would be great to be able to customize the Windows 10 image or allow a "clean up script" to run post install. I like the concept of the Windows 10 Servicing part of the SCCM console. I think it will become important as upgrades start rolling out 1-2 times a year and majority of companies have Windows 10 clients that need servicing. Being able to create Servicing plans will help keep IT on top of the upgrade process through different updates.

    The current model just doesn't work for a lot of companies. Not many places allow games such as…

    182 votes
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    10 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  10. F8 Troubleshooting Environment Steroids (F8TES)

    Replace the OSD Boot Image "Enable CMD Support (testing only)" feature with something that is more robust, helpful, and useful outside of testing like the F8 Troubleshooting Environment Steroids (F8TES).

    Info: Display full name of task sequence and its ID
    Info: Display full name of TS Deployment and its ID
    Info: Display full name and type of error step
    Info: Display error code
    Info: (Stretch Goal) Display useful error message for top 10 errors

    Button: “Open Command Prompt”
    - Launches the command prompt
    - Defaults to Insert instead of Overwrite (it currently defaults to overwrite in the WinPE phase)

    Button:…

    180 votes
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    12 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  11. Speed up OSD by having ConfigMgr set High Performance power settings in WinPE and Running OS during TS

    When you run a task sequence, both WinPE and the target OS by default run with a Balanced power plan. Changing this in both WinPE and the target OS can significantly speed up the task sequence. For example, when applying a large WIM file, we've seen laptops go from taking 15 minutes to apply to less than 8 minutes by adding some Run Command Line steps to change the power to High Performance.

    162 votes
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    8 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  12. add possibility to logoff user for Software Installation and prevent login during installation.

    It would be great to have a possibility to create a deployment where the User would be logged off during the installation of Software. Useful for Software like Java Runtime or Adobe Pro where a running application can prevent the installation.
    The User should be informed that an installation will be started and he will be logged off. The User should be not able to login during the installation.

    160 votes
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    Noted  ·  8 comments  ·  Application Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  13. Allow deployments using application model to be installed from DP rather than downloaded to ccmcache folder

    I have to create several very large (10GB and up) software deployments each year and install them for two thirds of the user base. Preferred method of delivery is install directly from the DP rather than download the installation files to C:\windows\ccmcache. It would be nice to do this using the application model so I can make use of the extended feature set it provides over the package model. I have to work around the limitations using convoluted wrapper scripts to get everything working properly.

    157 votes
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    Noted  ·  16 comments  ·  Application Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  14. Task Sequence Editor Search

    We have over 300 Groups/Steps in a couple of our task sequences. It would be really helpful to be able to search with the Task Sequence Editor. Either by step name or group name. In a perfect world it would be helpful to search descriptions or other text content within each group or step.

    156 votes
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    8 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Noted  ·  sangeev responded

    Updated by bobmn for sangeev/OSD

  15. Allow uninstall of applications with dependencies

    When you deploy an application with dependencies, you loose the option to uninstall it from software center. It would be nice to be able to uninstall the main app and be able to choose if the dependencies would uninstall or not.

    155 votes
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    Noted  ·  12 comments  ·  Application Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  16. Improve automatic SQL configuration, tuning, and maintenance of the SCCM DB & SQL Server

    Current architecture around SCCM’s management of SQL configuration and maintenance is old and hard to use. It requires a lot of manual oversight, and manual SQL tasks. And the default SQL settings created by SCCM are non-optimal. SQL is a powerful beast. Rethink ways SCCM can use it better, and keep it more optimally tuned and configured. Rethink how to run maintenance and backup tasks without downtime or impact to the production sites and deployments (this especially becomes more important with features like Conditional Access, that can never really have downtime.)

    145 votes
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    Noted  ·  5 comments  ·  Setup and Server Infrastructure  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  17. When remote controling, be able to see client side mouse move

    When we remote control a client , the client can see the mouse pointer, but when the client want to show us someting, we cant see mouse cursor.

    144 votes
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    8 comments  ·  Remote Control  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  18. Show live distribution status within the console

    Show the live status of content copying to distribution points (status bar) in the Admin console, Essentially the existing DP Job queue Manager

    125 votes
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    Noted  ·  0 comments  ·  Content  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  19. Use SQL Backup with Compression for the backup task

    With CM 1511, SMS Backup task enabled by default. And that does a volume shadow copy of the DB which means full-sized files. For my tiny lab that means I'm backing up 8 GB alone.

    For production it'll mean 850GB per primary site. Under CM12 when we backup just SQL using compression, it's just 160GB per primary site.

    Please allow an option to just invoke a database backup instead so that compression can be used and I don't need to go order terabytes of data just for backups.

    Also the current backup just erases the last backup. But in a…

    119 votes
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    Noted  ·  1 comment  ·  Setup and Server Infrastructure  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  20. Upgrade Operating System Task should be able to use Windows Servicing Content and Allow user interaction

    Problem:
    • Current state of windows 10 servicing via upgrade sequence requires full media to take the client through setup.
    o Full media is 2x the size of existing ESD (upgrade content)
    o The Upgrade Operating System step does not allow the end user to defer the reboot nor does it warn the user of a reboot pending once setup has been kicked off

    Change Request (Requirements)
    I. The Upgrade Operating System step in the task sequence shall permit the administrator to reference windows 10 servicing content
    II. The Upgrade Operating System step in the task sequence shall permit the…

    118 votes
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    6 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for the feedback and suggestions. Updating status to Noted.

    RE: Adam Leinss
    If there’s a restart from an internal operation like upgrade/Setup.exe, the default is 30 seconds. That can be controlled using the Task Sequence variable SMSTSRebootDelay, the message can be set with SMSTSRebootMessage.

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