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  1. Remote Control features and improvments

    I would like to thank Microsoft to allow their customers to share new and innovative ideas and I would like to present mine from my experience as Desktop Management Engineer in my company.
    Initially we were using a comparative tool called LANDesk Management Suite and on the beginning of this year we have moved to SCCM 1511, since then I had received many complains about remote control comparing to the past experience.
    I really like SCCM as a whole and I think it is really good tool and really nice features and constant updates, but not the remote control.
    Iā€¦

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      Noted  ·  0 comments  ·  Remote Control  ·  Flag idea as inappropriateā€¦  ·  Admin →
    • DCR: Boot Images. Provide an option to prevent re-downloading boot images (Boot / Prestage Media)

      Scenario: You create a Boot Media or Prestaged Media. Current behaviour is that as long as the boot image version from creation date matches the version inside the infrastructure everything is fine. System is starting Windows PE and executes the Task Sequence. If you add for example a new driver now to the boot image the new version causes Configuration Manager to download the boot image inside Windows PE and another restart into the updated version of the boot image. In case of a Prestaged Media scenario this painful, as UEFI systems might no longer work.

      Possible SOLUTION: Add aā€¦

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        Noted  ·  1 comment  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriateā€¦  ·  Admin →
      • Feature Request: Introduce a 'Remediate' option for Package/DPs for remediating package failures.

        When a package fails to distribute to a DP, the only option right now is to 'Redistribute' the package to the DP. This is inefficient for large packages since 'Redistribute' transfers all package content to the DP even if some content may have already been transferred prior to the failure. For large packages, this not only takes a lot of time but consumes more network bandwidth than necessary.

        When a package is 'added' to the DP, only the missing files are copied to the DP however there is no way to simulate an 'add' action from the UI.

        Having theā€¦

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          Noted  ·  2 comments  ·  Content  ·  Flag idea as inappropriateā€¦  ·  Admin →
        • DCR: Task Sequence Export / Import

          Add an optional option to provide new source location path for each package, application, ... when importing a Task Sequence that has been exported with content and references. Imagine you have 2 ConfigMgr environment a Test and a Production environment completely isolated from each other and you want an easy way to sync. A cool thing would be to only export "Metadata" of the Task Sequence and all References (Applications, Packages, ...). At the target site you have the same folder structure for content source for example \\sccmsources\share\Applications,\\sccmsources\share\Packages, ... and so on. If you start the import, you will beā€¦

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

            Updated by bobmn for sangeev/OSD

          • Application Dependency Management

            Managing applications and understanding their dependencies is a significant challenge. Having the ability to understand what applications depend on system components, such as .NET or other, would be a significant benefit to ensure minimal production impact when working to upgrade an operating system or an application version. A recent example in a customers infrastructure was legacy software with dependencies on a specific version of .NET. Being able to see what these dependencies are ahead of time across the enterprise and manage them proactively would have been a huge win.

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              Noted  ·  6 comments  ·  Application Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriateā€¦  ·  Admin →
            • Application Task Sequence

              For complex software deployments, we regularly use Task Sequences to sequence reboots and installation orders, as well as containing logic on the various steps to only run when certain conditions are met. This allows for much more complex and flexible deployments.

              The problem is, if a reboot step is initiated, no Task Sequence progress is displayed to the user to let them know that installations are taking place behind the scenes. To them, the reboot occurs and then they return to the CTRL+AT+DEL screen.

              It would be great if a new class of Task Sequence could be created that wouldā€¦

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                Noted  ·  4 comments  ·  Application Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriateā€¦  ·  Admin →
              • DEP enrollment Profiles "Set as default "

                DEP enrollment Profiles "Set as default "
                Please add the feature "Set as default" in SCCM DEP Enrollment Profiles so that we don't need to do this manual for the DEP sync devices.
                It is in Intune standalone - we just need the same feature in SCCM.

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                  Noted  ·  4 comments  ·  Mobile Device Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriateā€¦  ·  Admin →
                • Better Reporting for installed software

                  Software normalization built into SCCM reporting. An integrated solution to manage software inventory, software intelligence and license management. As a SCCM administrator it has been difficult to provide accurate reporting on installed software packages without purchasing third party normalization tools like BDNA or SNOW. Software normalization capabilities would be a great addition to SCCM.
                  1. Software Recognition Service that recognizes software requiring a license.
                  2. Software title normalization.
                  3. Ability to import all owned software licenses and then compare against what is actually installed.
                  4. Ability to recognize when software has been removed or upgraded. Example: if Office 2010 hasā€¦

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                    Noted  ·  8 comments  ·  Asset Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriateā€¦  ·  Admin →
                  • Allow required deployments to be uninstalled

                    We typically want our users to receive new software without action on their part, so required deployments generally make sense. However, this prevents users from being able to uninstall software (without the app eval cycle putting it back) unless CM administrators are involved.

                    Having an option allowing required deployments to essentially transform into available deployments if the user clicks the Uninstall button in Software Center would be useful to us since we could satisfy the requirement of delivering software without end user action and also allow end users to uninstall unneeded software.

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                      Noted  ·  3 comments  ·  Application Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriateā€¦  ·  Admin →
                    • Mark easy way to query Driver Versions of all drivers on a system.

                      Please make an easy way to query Driver Versions of all drivers on a system from SCCM Hardware inventory without creating a custom MOF or looking at registry files? I found a forum thread on TechNet a few years old that said Microsoft said that using WMI class win32_pnpsigneddriver was unreliable and is why it was not available in SCCM hardware inventory and they were considering removing the class entirely. However the class remains in win 10 and is still the only way to query driver version using a script. It would be really useful to be able to haveā€¦

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

                        Updated by bobmn for sangeev/OSD

                      • Create a node in the console with favorite action

                        It's possible to create a new node in the console with favorite actions.

                        Example:
                        Favorite\Frequent Action 1 (Device collection)
                        Favorite\Frequent Action 2 (Monitoring content)
                        Favorite\Frequent Action 3 (Application Deployment)

                        If you want to add any action in the console to favorite Node, just right click on the action and select add to favorite actions...

                        In this wau

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                          Noted  ·  5 comments  ·  Admin Console  ·  Flag idea as inappropriateā€¦  ·  Admin →
                        • 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.

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                            1 comment  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriateā€¦  ·  Admin →
                          • Allow us to categorise Software Updates

                            We have a few Software Updates that we just don't deploy. Every month, our list of "Needed, but not deployed" updates show these updates (for example, IE10). I want a way of filtering these out so we don't accidentally deploy them.

                            I tried doing a search by adding the article IDs, but this doesn't work (as the attached screenshot shows).

                            Maybe allow us to add a custom category for individual updates (such as "Do not deploy"), so we can then include these in our search.

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                              Noted  ·  6 comments  ·  Software Updates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriateā€¦  ·  Admin →
                            • Remove Custom Discovery Data

                              When creating custom discovery data using the smsresgen class there is no way to remove this from the discovery related tables in ConfigMgr. Since there is a supported way to add this data, there should be a supported way to remove it. This is necessary as a rollback option, to return ConfigMgr to its default state, before the custom discovery data was added.

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                              • Console -- Start -- client ping / mstsc with FQDN

                                Make clients Calls like Ping / MSTAC witrh FQDN and not with Netbios. We have different AD connected to the SCCM . We can not use the build in features like Ping the clients or open RDP as the console only tries the netbios name and not the fqdn. It would be great to have all cleints call done trought FQDN

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                                  3 comments  ·  Asset Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriateā€¦  ·  Admin →
                                • Add the option to run a package and Run Command line from DP

                                  We have the possibility to select to "Access content directly from the DP" when deploying a operating System image in a Task Sequence. It would be great to be able to do this for "Run Command Lines" as well.
                                  Example scenario, you want to run a Powershell script from a package before the disk is formatted in a scenario where we use Bitlocker for instance.

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

                                    Updated by bobmn for sangeev/OSD

                                  • Add 'Expiration Date' and/or 'Deployment Status' column to Deployments tab for Packages

                                    When looking at the Deployments tab of a package or a collection we would like to add a column that could tell us if a deployment has been expired. This could be the Expiration Date set in the advertisement, or a Status (such as Future / Active / Expired).

                                    In CM07 we could add the Expires After column to the view of Advertisements. This request is to bring back this helpful info into a list of deployments..

                                    This would help make maintenance possible. It is difficult to find the advs that have expired today, to delete them.

                                    Bonus functionality wouldā€¦

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                                      Noted  ·  1 comment  ·  Deployment Monitoring  ·  Flag idea as inappropriateā€¦  ·  Admin →
                                    • Task Sequence - View Only option

                                      Add Option to View TS, instead of "edit". Often times I just want to look at a TS for reference, and not edit it. Just safe guarding the TS from my accidental clicks.

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                                        4 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriateā€¦  ·  Admin →
                                      • App Model Optional User deployment behavior

                                        App Model - Optional User Deployment - When user policy is recieved, perform app eval to check if app is installed, if so show as installed in Software Center. (Currently it doesn't evaluate and shows option to install even if already present. When you click the install button... it then performs the evaluation and changes to installed and provides the uninstall button. This is confusing to our end users)

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                                          Noted  ·  1 comment  ·  Application Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriateā€¦  ·  Admin →
                                        • Mac

                                          Provide Mac Provisioning with CM12.

                                          Other vendors provide the ability to image and fully manage the Mac device, when will Configuration Manager provide this feature? Imaging Windows platforms is only part of a corporation desktop landscape, we also support Mac, having a single solution would make logical sense.

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

                                            Updated by bobmn for sangeev/OSD

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