automatically search all sub-nodes
Currently, when changing nodes from Application, to Packages to Collection, every time you begin a search, you must re-check the box to 'Search all Sub-nodes'. As the average SCCM admin might make dozens of searches a day to find content, computers, collections, this is really irritating. It would be a better behavior to automatically search all sub-nodes.
These search improvements are now available in the 1702 release. Details here https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/enterprisemobility/2017/03/26/now-available-update-1702-for-system-center-configuration-manager/.
Thanks for your feedback and support!
William Lister commented
Not completed! We have 1802 and still every time I go to search for package, or collection I have to first click in a sub folder, Click the search tab click the "All Sub Folders" option, click back to the top root of Packages or Collections then enter my search criteria and search.(Then if Switch from package to collections or vice versa I rinse and repeat Every Time!)
I do have the object path added as an additional column, but since I'm in several consoles due to multiple domains and we keep SCCM upgraded fairly often I also end up adding that "Object Path" back almost every day since it is also not a default option.
I think the people making this product need to try and use it in real life conditions for a month or two!
nicolai serup commented
wow this is still an issue...
The implementation of this is not what we wanted. 100% ALL THE TIME it should search subnodes. Currently I have to select search subnodes, EVERYTIME i open the console. on 1802
This does not seem to be working, i CONSTANTLY have to continue to choose search all subs
L U commented
Or did you mean searching in the folder names themselves - I don't think you can do that at the moment. Maybe that's what you meant?
L U commented
Is this what you are looking for?
- Software Library > Overview > Application Management > Applications
- Search Tab > All Subfolders
- Click in Search field, enter search text eg flash
- Click button Search
- In the results, columns, turn on Object Path column to find where the object is located in the folder structure.
It's not the default, but it's there. Maybe you want to make it more accessible or operate recursively by default?
You can search across the whole domain for different object types by using All Objects to search.
The Object Path column is fairly new - really appreciated.
Roth, Chase commented
Yes. Click in search box and wait for spinning to stop. Top tab "Search" there is option for "All Subfolders". To find their location you need to add "Object Path" to your display by right clicking the title bar with column names just below search box criteria. That should do it!
We just upgraded to 1706 and if I go to Packages in the admin console and do a search, it still does not automatically search in all subfolders and I still don't see any way to discover the path of an object in the console after I found it by searching. Am I missing something?
It would be very useful to allow this level of searching.
Jim Garcia commented
Can't believe this is not already an option!
Kaleb Wohlgemuth commented
I'd further this to not just Application management, but all nodes, Task Sequences, User and Device collections, Packages, ect
To only search the current node of the selection is counter-intuitive to every search, ever.
If I'm in C:\ and I search for a file, I get a recursive search in C:\ and the whole sub-tree.
If Windows search functioned the same, I'd only get search results in the immediate folder.
Marcus W commented
David. It does not apply to selection of collections and similar dialogs.
We suggested that feature when we had a chance to give feedback to the ConfigMgr team about 1702.
Steven Wilkinson commented
Please enable the search functions to search through folders in the console for application management
David Guirl commented
Does this new feature also apply to the "Select Collections" dialog box when editing the membership of a collection or deploying an application?
YES! This has always been a frustration and it seems like such an easy thing to implement.
When searching for an item in the Admin console it would be extremely helpful if it showed the items location in order to know what subfolder it's in. As it is, you have to search every time you want to find the same item, since there is no easy way to discover what subfolder it's in. You also may be looking for a group of items in the same subfolder, but with the current search method you have to search for each one individually since you can't discover where they are and browse to them to see them all at once. This is a very annoying behavior.
Will this function be expanded to other areas like Drivers, Driver packages, ect???????
Neil Westgate commented
In an environment with multiple sub folders it can be difficult to track down the location of an object that you've found via the search function. If there was a column in the console similar to the "published at" column from AD Users and Computers this would make finding objects a lot easier and faster.
When you search all subfolders for an application or package it would be nice to be see what subfolders the results are in.
Tamir Levy commented
it would be much more intuitive for admin console managers.
the same logic works when we search something in Outlook under inbox and it searched by default in all mailbox, which is great!
on the same subject - improve the timing of the Search tab on the ribbon.
as of today, we need to wait a few seconds before clicking the search bar in order for the search tab to appear.