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  1. A Customizable Reboot/Postpone Prompt for Application and Software Updates Deployments

    Basically would like something similar to the Windows Updates Reboot/Postpone nag prompt except with the ability to customize the notification text as applicable to the deployment.

    For example:, as a sub-setting of the deployment type for the application you have the option to enable the reboot/postpone prompt and customize the notification text of the dialog box.

    If the user that receives the prompt, postpones they will be re-prompted at the end of the postponement period until they either reboot or shutdown the system. (basically exactly the same behavior as the Windows Updates reboot/postpone prompt).

    566 votes
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      Noted  ·  26 comments  ·  Application Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Applications - Provide a means to have other applications run after an application is installed.

      There is the ability to specify dependencies for Applications, however the ability to run another Application POST install would be awesome. Often when an application is installed there is a post configuration task that needs to run.

      211 votes
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        Noted  ·  21 comments  ·  Application Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Prevent Cache Limit from Causing Application Deployment Failure

        Once the cache has been filled all subsequent application deployments fail until the cache self-cleans. In CAS.log you see that the client is refusing to download the content because the cache, not the actual disk, is full.

        This strikes me as a non-optimal design choice if the goal is to successfully install applications. If I want to install an application I do not want it to fail because of an artificial limit that until very recently was set at the time of client install. Most of the time the cache clears in 24 hours and there's no problem but there…

        211 votes
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          Noted  ·  7 comments  ·  Application Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Deploy Package to Multiple Collections at one time

          Allow packages to be deployed to multiple collections at one time. For instance I need AppX to go to Lab 1, Lab 2 and Lab4. Instead of going into AppX 3 different times to deploy, it would be nice to deploy it to all 3 labs at one time.

          208 votes
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            Noted  ·  14 comments  ·  Application Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • add possibility to logoff user for Software Installation and prevent login during installation.

            It would be great to have a possibility to create a deployment where the User would be logged off during the installation of Software. Useful for Software like Java Runtime or Adobe Pro where a running application can prevent the installation.
            The User should be informed that an installation will be started and he will be logged off. The User should be not able to login during the installation.

            149 votes
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            • Allow uninstall of applications with dependencies

              When you deploy an application with dependencies, you loose the option to uninstall it from software center. It would be nice to be able to uninstall the main app and be able to choose if the dependencies would uninstall or not.

              146 votes
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                Noted  ·  10 comments  ·  Application Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Allow deployments using application model to be installed from DP rather than downloaded to ccmcache folder

                I have to create several very large (10GB and up) software deployments each year and install them for two thirds of the user base. Preferred method of delivery is install directly from the DP rather than download the installation files to C:\windows\ccmcache. It would be nice to do this using the application model so I can make use of the extended feature set it provides over the package model. I have to work around the limitations using convoluted wrapper scripts to get everything working properly.

                100 votes
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                  Noted  ·  11 comments  ·  Application Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Pre distribute content to clients before deadline.

                  I work in a quite big Environment, 30k clients and my network team isn’t that happy when we pull the trigger to update our critical LOB apps due to the fact that every computer downloads the content almost at the same time. That puts a lot of pressure on the network infrastructure.
                  There for it would be great to be able to preload the clients with content for applications in a slow and steady way before the deadline falls for the application.

                  99 votes
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                    Noted  ·  4 comments  ·  Application Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • SCCM client ScriptExecutionTimeout

                    Please make the SCCM client's ScriptExecutionTimeout attribute a parameter that can be configured within Client Settings policy. This would be the best way to help address the "In-line script execution time-out... DiscoverApp failed (0x87d00321)

                    98 votes
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                      Noted  ·  3 comments  ·  Application Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Delete multiple Application Revision History

                      Make it possible to delete multiple previous Application Revisions in one-click using the Configuration Manager Console. This would simplify the task of cleaning up before putting it in prod and reduce time spent removing one revision at a time.

                      84 votes
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                        9 comments  ·  Application Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Allow admins to change the default in Software Deployment from “UTC” to “Client Local"

                        It would be extremely helpful if administrators could change the default “Time based on:” option used in Software Deployment from “UTC” to “Client Local Time”. This setting is highly subjective and only companies that are based in multiple time zones AND want software to deploy simultaneously across all time zones want UTC as the default. Forcing the UTC default upon all customers needlessly increases the chance of human error. Allowing administrators to change the default would satisfy all customer’s needs rather than just those that leverage UTC.

                        81 votes
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                          Noted  ·  8 comments  ·  Application Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Install applications before users can press ctrl+alt+delete to login.

                          Add feature to deploy applications before users are allowed to logon at the ctrl+alt+delete screen. This would be a nice alternative to having to check for running processes before installing applications and would not interrupt users in their work.

                          62 votes
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                            Noted  ·  1 comment  ·  Application Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • 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.

                            60 votes
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                              Noted  ·  6 comments  ·  Application Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  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 would…

                              59 votes
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                                Noted  ·  4 comments  ·  Application Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  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.

                                56 votes
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                                  Noted  ·  3 comments  ·  Application Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  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)

                                  47 votes
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                                    Noted  ·  1 comment  ·  Application Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Application Groups

                                    Today many use Task Sequence to deploy set of applications and packages to computers in order to have control over install order, convenience of everything installing at same time and the name will show up on computer (example: HR applications).
                                    It would be good with a new feature (I call it Application Groups) where we can add application and packages and on the console + client side (Software Center) you will see for example "HR applications" and the software that it will install with status for individual applications/packages part of the group.
                                    Same control as TS with install order. Ability…

                                    44 votes
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                                      Noted  ·  5 comments  ·  Application Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Provide the ability to set an "expiration date" on a DEPLOYMENT

                                      Even thought Applications are state based there are still use cases when a deployment could be expired so that no future deployments of that application will occur. Either an expiration or the use of automatically disabling the deployment, since Software Updates could be disabled so should Software Application Deployments. The reason to keep the deployment would be for reporting so a way to disable or expire would be ideal if state based is not needed.

                                      The sms_applicationassignment WMI class exposes an ExpirationTime property which actually removes deployments from App Catalog but it does not work with software center.

                                      43 votes
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                                        Noted  ·  5 comments  ·  Application Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Have the ability to pre-deploy an available application on a user’s primary device.

                                        Today in the application model you can only pre-deploy a required deployment of an application on the users’ primary device but this has 2 drawbacks:
                                        • Required means that the user doesn’t have the means to uninstall the application and potentially repair the application (uninstall+install).
                                        • Required means also that when the user logs on to another machine, maybe just to consult a web page, the required applications also get installed unless the global condition primary device equals true was set.
                                        This is all about provisioning a new machine for a user. Of course there are always common applications, like…

                                        39 votes
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                                          Noted  ·  2 comments  ·  Application Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Active Setup Integration - Wizard / GUI

                                          Some (MSI) applications (e.g. usually CAD software) will be configured via HKCU Registry hive, files in %appdata% or another files in user paths.
                                          It would be nice if a new user logs on (e.g. after OSD), these settings takes place automatically.
                                          This can already be done rudimentary via Active Setup, but not really comfortable (e.g. you have to do logging by yourself, no out of the box feedback in case of success / errors, etc).
                                          Please integrate Active Setup or a new fully solution for that cases as a GUI / Wizard in Application Management.

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