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  1. 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.

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      8 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Maintenance window relative to patch Tuesday

      Maintenance window relative to patch Tuesday

      It would be very helpful to be able to set maintenance windows to be relative to Patch Tuesday. For example, apply patches on the 1st Saturday after patch Tuesday, or the second Sunday after patch Tuesday. Since patch Tuesday changes each month, the current "second Saturday of the month" type options are not useful when Patch Tuesday could fall before or after that depending on the calendar.

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        Noted  ·  9 comments  ·  Software Updates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 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…

        115 votes
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          9 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 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

          114 votes
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            Noted  ·  0 comments  ·  Content  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Have updates automatically handle MP replicas

            It's a real pain to have to tear down and rebuild the MP replicas every time I want to install a servicing update. It would be great to have the update process automatically save the replica state, point the MPs at the primary DB, tear down the MP replicas, do the update and then put it all back.

            110 votes
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              Noted  ·  1 comment  ·  Setup and Server Infrastructure  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Active Admin Consoles

              I would like to send a message to all users who have the admin console open. Just a pop-up that warns them of a reboot, or if I need to send out a custom message to all active sessions.

              I would like to also be able to see on the Administrations overview page how many Admin Consoles are opened up and connected to the site, and the user name. At the CAS level see all sessions if their are multiple primary servers.

              108 votes
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                5 comments  ·  Admin Console  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 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.

                103 votes
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                  Noted  ·  8 comments  ·  Application Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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…

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                    Noted  ·  1 comment  ·  Setup and Server Infrastructure  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Remote tools - client setting to change client service to Automatic startup

                    One of the biggest issues I hear with the Remote Tools is that when you restart a machine it takes a couple of minutes before you can remote control it again. This is due to the delayed start of the service. I assume that this cannot be changed per default but give us the option using a client setting to change it to Automatic instead of using a GPO would be really sweet!
                    This is very similar to the following feedback item. https://configurationmanager.uservoice.com/forums/300492-ideas/suggestions/8471107-fix-remote-control-bug-after-client-reboot#comments

                    102 votes
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                      2 comments  ·  Remote Control  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • User friendly progress tracking when distributing content to distribution points.

                      User friendly progress tracking when distributing content to distribution points. At the moment when asked how long it will take to have content available one needs to track the logs and guess a time frame. If it would be possible to have a progress tracker i.e. speed at which the content is copying, queue tracking, and eta.

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                        Noted  ·  7 comments  ·  Content  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Software Updates - Need an Option to Control the Auto deployment of Revised updates

                        WSUS has an inbuilt option to control the approval /Auto Approval of revised updates.
                        However ConfigMgr is missing this feature. This is causing the revised updates to get auto installed on the clients if the deployment is active.
                        The latest example for this issue was KB3172605. This was revised by MS and caused auto install with reboot on clients

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                          Noted  ·  1 comment  ·  Software Updates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Remote Control of Mobile devices using SCCM/Intune

                          SCCM/Intune is lacking one very important feature for MDM - Remote Control of Mobile devices(Windows Phone, IOS, Android platform) which is crucial for enterprises which have big departments whose employees are remote workers and uses tablets or/and phones as primary business tool and often require remote support on this devices. This feature is already implemented in almost any serious MDM solution on market for a while.

                          92 votes
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                            Noted  ·  3 comments  ·  Mobile Device Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Better Driver and Driver Package Management

                            Driver Management within the console is unacceptably slow (still). We manage 60+ unique Models across Windows 7 all the way up through Windows 10. As a result there are a LOT of drivers to maintain and manage. With SCCM 2007, we had the ability to at least break these down in folders. With sccm 2012 you removed the ability to import directly to a folder. The trade-off was "categories" however, it is still incredibly slow to search for drivers.

                            In addition, with SCCM 2007, we could just fill a folder with inf's and create a driver package from that without…

                            90 votes
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                              Noted  ·  7 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • 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.

                              89 votes
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                                5 comments  ·  Remote Control  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • More Intelligent Client Cache

                                With SCCM 2012 we got the single instance store on the back end which reduces the need for storage significantly on the server side but on the client side there's no optimization whatsoever.
                                If you for example have 2 applications or deployment types which are using the same or almost the same content they are downloaded both separately. This has a negatively impact on the disk space you need to reserve for the client cache but also on the bandwidth used to download almost twice the same content. I believe this can be done better.
                                Many folks had to configure…

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                                  Noted  ·  3 comments  ·  Client Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Built-in Web Service for OSD tasks

                                  Maik Koster has created an excellent Web Service for performing tasks e.g. during OSD, like removing a device from a collection. I think it would be a great idea to have a Site System Role for OSD where you have a built-in step in the TS to choose various tasks to perform during OSD.

                                  85 votes
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                                    Noted  ·  3 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Task Sequence Error Dialog Box Needs to Show Step Name

                                    The error dialog box for the task sequence shows the error code, but does not show you what step threw the error.
                                    - Show the step name on the default error dialog box.
                                    - The modal dialog box for errors goes directly over the progress dialog box, so you can’t see the step from there without using the mouse.
                                    - You may not have mouse support, especially when you are RDPing into a box with a VMware or Hyper-V console… which means this is REALLY frustrating

                                    81 votes
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                                      Noted  ·  6 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Create quick deployment report by right-click > Export to Excel

                                      The current monitoring and reporting functionality is somewhat clunky and time-consuming. Being able to right-click an existing deployment under Monitoring\Deployments and export the last-summarized status to an Excel sheet would be an evolutionary leap forward in user-friendlyness for the admin console.

                                      80 votes
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                                        Noted  ·  1 comment  ·  Deployment Monitoring  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Distribution Points are by default NOT assigned the same priority

                                        CURRENT FUNCTIONALITY

                                        When a new Distribution Point (DP) whether it is a normal DP or a Pull DP is installed to a ConfigMgr 2012 R2 site, the priority assigned to this new DP is always the same by default.

                                        REQUEST FOR CHANGE

                                        It is often desired that Pull DPs are by default assigned lower priority than the normal DPs.

                                        MORE INFORMATION

                                        When operating a site with many (hundreds of) DPs installed, the normal DPs serve as source distribution points for the Pull DPs. It is therefore desired, that those normal DPs will have the new package files copied over before…

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                                          3 comments  ·  Content  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          We do have some intelligence for Pull DPs. For example, if the content is not available on any of the source DPs yet, we don’t send out the instructions to Pull DP.

                                          Let us know if you have any additional comments OR see this behave differently.

                                        • Status Messages in the SCCM Console

                                          Status messages are amazingly helpful in the SCCM console, but difficult to get to. For instance, whoever wrote the status messages for Task Sequence deployments did an amazing job, yet I cannot access these without making a custom query! This is an amazing troubleshooting tool that is hidden from the average user.

                                          I'd like to get access to status messages from the object that makes the status message. For instance, if I right click on a task sequence deployment, I want to be able to view all status messages associated with that object. If I right click on a distribution…

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