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  1. Allow right click ad-hoc Powershell execution directly from the console

    Allow the import of powershell scripts into ConfigMgr, then allow administrators to right click on devices and collections to immediately execute them and get results. Do this without requiring changes to ports or firewalls, and ideally over the internet through CMG.

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      5 comments  ·  Troubleshooting & Support  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Wants to get display notifcation message in clients to close any opened Office 365 apps while updates installation started

      In SCCM 1610 users are not displaying notification message in clients to close any Office 365 opened apps before Office updates installation started in "Software Center" and even we set forceappshutdown=False switch in Configuration.xml file for Office 365

      157 votes
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        9 comments  ·  Software Updates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Validate Endpoint is online for Peer Cache

        When using Peer Cache, if the Peer is no longer online or not available for connect there is a 7.5 min delay to fail to the next system. if the first connection was a validation of the systems online status ("Are you there") the need for this delay would not be needed. the requesting client could attempt to make connection (presumably when it's doing the resource checks for Battery, CPU load, Disk IO and available connections) and if the connection times out (very short reasonable time) it moves to the next peer on the list.

        38 votes
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          1 comment  ·  Content  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Using express installation files

          Integration of the express installation files from WSUS
          I think this is becoming mandatory with the size of updates of Windows 10.

          688 votes
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            started  ·  24 comments  ·  Software Updates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Install and Shutdown / Install and reboot with Software Updates

            In Windows client, after receiving software updates from the SUP, I want you to be able to use the" install and reboot / shutdown and update" botton.

            737 votes
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              started  ·  13 comments  ·  Software Updates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Include the Right Click tools kit as part of the Console, not as a seperate download addon

              Include the Right Click tools adon as part of the Console install, not as a seperate download addon

              843 votes
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                22 comments  ·  Troubleshooting & Support  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Fix the Software Update Task Sequence (built-in TS patching during OSD)

                How is this still a problem? Ask any MVP and they all agree: the built-in task sequence for patching during OSD doesn't work. It doesn't survive double reboots, it has a upper patch limit before it crashes ... it's basically garbage. I don't mind making golden images in MDT, but I shouldn't _have_ to ... and yet I do. I makes SCCM feel less like a singular solution.

                1,230 votes
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                  39 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  I’m updating the status. For 1606 we’ve made some changes, listed below.
                  As more are added we’ll update what Tech Preview/Release they appear in.

                  Timeout scan is now configurable
                  We added a new task sequence variable to allow a configurable timeout for scan. Variable name is SMSTSSoftwareUpdateScanTimeout, default is 30 minutes. Value is set in seconds so an hour is 60×60=3600

                  Logging changes
                  In the SMSTS.log we list the log files to check for updates download and evaluation.
                  These are UpdateDeployment.log, UpdatesHandler.log, WUAHandler.log and WindowsUpdate.log

                  New Option for full scan
                  There’s a new checkbox added to the Install Updates step – ‘Evaluate software updates from cached scan results’
                  If the checkbox is on we use cached results, if the checkbox is off we do a full scan
                  Task Sequences that are upgraded will have this option checked on – this is parity with the existing behavior

                  Power management changes…

                • SCCM Report - Easy way to create Report & Dashboard

                  Not really easy to create some SCCM report or Dashboard if your're not a SQL DBA .. even with Report Builder.
                  Could be awesome to have a new tool where Reports or Dashbaord could be created easily whithout searching which SQL views I need ..ect ... Like some others concurrent application give.

                  562 votes
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                    29 comments  ·  Reporting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Software Center: Add support for direct link to application and direct link to installation via protocol handler.

                    The new Software Center supports the "Page" command line option, but I could not find a way to jump directly to an app details page (the one that shows the Install button).

                    (I'd like to change my application catalog notification tool to open softwarecenter instead of iexplore with the app details page.)

                    Additionally it would be nice if the tab/page changes respecting the new command line given when software center is already open.

                    80 votes
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                      3 comments  ·  Software Center  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Improved automation and extensibility by exposing Configuration Manager functionality through a REST web API

                      Exposing Configuration Manager functionality through RESTful web API's would open up a whole new world for interacting with ConfigMgr.
                      E.g. a web Admin console and easier integration with Service Management Automation (SMA).
                      It should also be easier for 3rd party vendors to create new web based solutions for say an self-service portal or a Windows App for tracking an OS or application deployment on a mobile device or phone.
                      Personally I would really like any easier way to interact with ConfigMgr. when running in Windows PE (OS Deployment) or a web portal for non-admins to provision new or existing machine…

                      70 votes
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                        4 comments  ·  SDK and Extensibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Implement native cluster aware patching within SCCM to support cluster aware updating

                        Implement native cluster aware patching with SCCM to support cluster aware updating.

                        372 votes
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                          9 comments  ·  Software Updates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Daisy chain Task Sequences (OSD and non-OSD)

                          I would like to see the ability to launch one task sequence from within another task sequence. For some processes, you run the same steps across multiple deployments. Today, you have to duplicate these steps across many task sequences. The ability to execute a task sequence from a task sequence would alleviate this need and reduce errors and inconsistencies for administrators.

                          1,130 votes
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                            32 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            Updating status to started. The ability to call another task sequence from a task sequence is added in 1704 Tech Preview – see here https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sccm/core/get-started/capabilities-in-technical-preview-1704 for more details

                            Please note this is an early release and there’s some limitations. We wanted to show you all our work in progress and gather some feedback such as nesting depth.
                            Currently a task sequence with any package references in child steps won’t resolve content when run in the full OS – we’ve a ton of work to do with policy to solve that. Good news is that the scenario will work when launched from WinPE (PXE/Media). Also, nesting will work in the full OS for any steps that don’t require content e.g. Run Command Line, Set Task Sequence Variable (variables are global to all steps!), Connect to UNC etc.
                            Import/Export doesn’t traverse all child task sequences
                            We block selecting the parent…

                          • Collapsable Task Sequence groups

                            Allow the groups in a Task Sequence to be collapsed allowing a better overall view.

                            495 votes
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                              16 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add name of inf files to driver information in boot image

                              When looking at the driver files that are in a boot image, the only information available is the name of the driver. Many drivers have multiple versions but the same name. The only way to truly distinguish drivers with the same name is by the name of the inf file, which is not visible in the boot image drivers tab. This information can be found on the individual driver usage tab, but that requires selecting each driver individually and seeing if it's in the boot image. If there was a column in the boot image drivers page showing the name…

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                                1 comment  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Set a default or preferred boot image for PXE

                                Have an option to set a specific boot image for PXE. In an environment where there are multiple boot images, when a device PXE boots it will first download whichever boot image (that is PXE capable) associated with the most recently deployed task sequence. It would be nice to have an easier way to just set a default or preferred boot image for PXE instead.

                                38 votes
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                                  2 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  I’m moving status to started.

                                  In the 1610 release of SCCM, we now use the boot WIM that exactly matches the client architecture. If there is none, we use that one that is compatible with the client architecture.

                                  Please test that out and if the changes do not address your ask please let us know. I’ll then set to completed at the end of this release cycle

                                • New Softwarecenter: Save View-Settings: list view vs. tile view

                                  The new Softwarecenter supports list view and tile view. users should be able to save the view-settings.

                                  52 votes
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                                    5 comments  ·  Software Center  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Better support of high DPI and UI scaling in the console

                                    I know Windows 10 is bringing much better support of HiDPI, but I don't believe the console is taking advantage of those enhancements.

                                    Most of the console renders OK on HiPDI screens, but there are many windows that are simply unusable due to improper support of scaling. The examples I've attached are from a 4K monitor at 150% (which is the default for Windows). This issue also occurs on HiPDI screens on laptops like the Dell XPS 13.

                                    184 votes
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                                      10 comments  ·  Admin Console  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Option to pre-download content to client cache for 'Available' deployments

                                      As we know, 'Required' deployments download content to client cache as soon as possible assuming content is available and req's are met. A common scenario is setting a deadline off in the future which essentially stages or pre-downloads the content to the client cache so it's available as soon as the user hits install, or the deadline is reached.

                                      We'd like an option, per deployment, to pre-download content in a similar fashion for 'Available' deployments.

                                      Understood that available deployments may never get executed, but there are several scenarios (poorly connected, remote offices w/no DP) where this would be extremely desirable.…

                                      206 votes
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                                        11 comments  ·  Content  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • PowerShell cmdlets for editing task sequences

                                        Being able to edit task sequences with PowerShell would make managing task sequences much easier. Some possible new cmdlets could include:

                                        Add-CMTaskSequenceStep
                                        Get-CMTaskSequenceStep
                                        Remove-CMTaskSequenceStep
                                        Set-CMTaskSequenceStep

                                        Add-CMTaskSequenceGroup
                                        Get-CMTaskSequenceGroup
                                        Remove-CMTaskSequenceGroup
                                        Set-CMTaskSequenceGroup

                                        51 votes
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                                          6 comments  ·  Powershell  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Allow Boundary Group and Distribution Point Group Nesting

                                          Allow boundary groups to contain other boundary groups (and distribution point groups to contain distribution point groups) so that a services hierarchy can be created and managed much more easily. As an example, below are a Boundary and DP hierarchy setup:
                                          Boundary hierarchy:
                                          Site_Boundary_Group - Contains Primary Site Server as an available site system, so it is available to whole site
                                          Regional_Boundary_Group_A - Contains an MP for the A region
                                          Regional_Boundary_Group_B - Contains an MP for the B region
                                          Local_Boundary_Group_1 - Contains a local DP for location 1, part of Region A
                                          Local_Boundary_Group_2 - Contains a local DP for location…

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