Change Deployments from Available to Required and Required to Available
We would love the ability to change deployments from Available to Required and Required to Available. Currently we have to remove the entire deployment to switch back and forth, and we loose a lot of reporting data during this process
Alexandre Patenaude commented
@David Alvarez: it does not seem to work in my environment (Config Mgr version 1706).
I did create a Required user deployment for an application. I did not tick the "Schedule the application to be available at" checkbox, and left installation deadline at "As soon as possible after the available time".
In the Summary, it **is** written, though that the 'Deadline time' is Disabled.
Still, once the deployment is created, the installation starts As soon as possible. And if I go check the deployment settings after the deployment has been create, I observe that the "Schedule the application to be available at" checkbox has been ticked, with available time auto-filled at the deployment creation.
David Alvarez commented
It seems to me, the solution for this is to always make your deployments "Required," then don't set a schedule for it. A deployment with no schedule is effectively the same as "Available."
This is very frustrating to not be able to do--in order to change from one to the other we must eliminate the entire deployment, which means losing all the reporting. This is one of the more foolish changes made in SCCM. Either I have to create an entirely new collection (wasteful, time-consuming, foolish), or lose all existing reporting just to make the simplest of changes that we used to be able to do just fine in 2007. I fail to see the thought process behind this decision, if any was actually used. Seems more like a mistake than a decision.