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  1. 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.

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      45 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…

    • 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.

      1,211 votes
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        38 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…

      • 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

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          23 comments  ·  Troubleshooting & Support  ·  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.

          778 votes
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            started  ·  14 comments  ·  Software Updates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 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.

            638 votes
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              31 comments  ·  Reporting  ·  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.

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                13 comments  ·  Software Updates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Site Server High Availability or Clustering

                Configuration Manager is becoming more mission critical every day. The ability to Cluster the Site Server role (Inboxes & SMS Provider) is more and more important as that is the single point of failure for a Primary Site.

                If the Site Server role goes down the Primary Site is down no matter how many Management Points or SMS Provider etc. exist.

                If we could Cluster the Site Server or at least have 2 systems share that role for High Availability then this would no longer be an issue.

                Even though we can designate multiple SMS Providers, if the site system…

                389 votes
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                  11 comments  ·  Setup and Server Infrastructure  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Software Center (1602) icons are blurry

                  In the new Software Center the icons in the catalog are blurry. I have attempted to upload new ICO's with better quality, but the results remain the same. Please consider resolving the quality issue and/or allowing larger icon resolutions above 250x250. The new Software Center is nice, but only if we make it that way with professional icons.

                  213 votes
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                    15 comments  ·  Software Center  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Ability to move Distribution point from one secondary site server to another secondary site server

                    when we need to remove secondary site server or when need to rebuild secondary site server with another site code. A full uninstall and re install required for all Distribution points associated with that secondary site.
                    Also when we need to move a DP from one site code to another site code, it requires uninstall / re install....to avoid this it will be helpful to have ability to move DP's between secondaries.

                    thanks

                    114 votes
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                      5 comments  ·  Content  ·  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…

                      72 votes
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                        5 comments  ·  SDK and Extensibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Support V3 and newer certificate templates for HTTPS mode

                        Hi,

                        PKI- Make V3 Template compatible with SCCM Current Branch.

                        67 votes
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                          15 comments  ·  Setup and Server Infrastructure  ·  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

                          57 votes
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                            9 comments  ·  Powershell  ·  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.

                            42 votes
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                              4 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

                            • Set Maximum Run Time on Cumulative Update for Windows Server 2016 > 10 minutes

                              Cumulative Updates for Windows Server 2016 sync with a maximum run time of 10 minutes every month. The same cumulative update for Windows 10 1607 is set to 60 minutes.

                              Could you set the Server 2016 to 60 minutes instead of 10? This update never completes in less that 30 or 45 minutes.

                              34 votes
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                                started  ·  7 comments  ·  Software Updates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Icons and cosmetics for applications

                                During the Create Application Wizard on Application Catalog step there is possibility to add some beautiful icon. BUT! The icon (*.ico) size is limited to 250x250. Could you make it possible to add an icon file with picture size at least 256x256 (which is quite common size for pictures in *.ico files)? Another thing as well, the icons in SCCM Applications/Packages list (Software Library-Overview-Application Management-Applications). They look all the same! Could you make them more attractive, say, the way they look in Application Catalog? Otherwise, whats the point in Icon column (which appears, by the way, as a default columns…

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                                  2 comments  ·  Application Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Support installation of packages/apps via dynamic variables in Standalone Media

                                  At the moment standalone media deployments only work when the content is referenced directly by the task sequence. There are some actions like installing apps/packages using dynamic variables which do not work.

                                  The pre-staged media wizard was changed with SCCM 2012 SP1 so that you can add additional pre-staged content. I would like to see a similar approach where you can add additional content to standalone media and then this is checked first when the dynamic install action runs. There is already a process for adding the variables to the media, the only part that is missing is the ability…

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                                    3 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    Updating status to Started. We’ve added functionality in 1701 Tech Preview Previously to allow selection of any package/app, not just content referenced by selected Task Sequence.

                                    Details here:
                                    https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/enterprisemobility/2017/01/20/update-1701-for-configuration-manager-technical-preview-branch-available-now/

                                    Documentation here:
                                    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sccm/core/get-started/capabilities-in-technical-preview-1701

                                    RE: Mark Thomas – thank you we’d certainly be interested in talking to you about your solution. The changes above are a first step and all feedback is appreciated.

                                  • 1706 removed cut and paste from machine name on lower have of device display, restore this please

                                    1706 removed the copy and paste of the machine (in bold) in the lower part of the screen, was real handy to have that, please restore, please see attached file for more detailed.

                                    7 votes
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                                      4 comments  ·  Admin Console  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Allow parameters to "Run Script"

                                      When using the "Run Script" against a collection allow the script to accept parameters.

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                                        3 comments  ·  Powershell  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • 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 →
                                        • Filter for Datetime "between" for Support Center Logfile Viewer

                                          I would be great to have a between Filter for Datetime in the Support Center Logfile Viewer.
                                          Like this:
                                          Include: 2017-03-08 11:00:12.323 <->2017-03-09 09:00:12.323

                                          2 votes
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