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  1. Improve automatic SQL configuration, tuning, and maintenance of the SCCM DB & SQL Server

    Current architecture around SCCM’s management of SQL configuration and maintenance is old and hard to use. It requires a lot of manual oversight, and manual SQL tasks. And the default SQL settings created by SCCM are non-optimal. SQL is a powerful beast. Rethink ways SCCM can use it better, and keep it more optimally tuned and configured. Rethink how to run maintenance and backup tasks without downtime or impact to the production sites and deployments (this especially becomes more important with features like Conditional Access, that can never really have downtime.)

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      Noted  ·  5 comments  ·  Setup and Server Infrastructure  ·  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 →
      • DSC to replace or compliment basline feature

        DSC is a wonderful framework for handling baseline configurations across Windows and Linux machines, but it's completely unsupported in SCCM directly. While a Pull server is certainly more simplistic than an SCCM hierarchy, it would still be very beneficial to have some integration in a couple of areas:

        Management Points can easily be configured to host mof configurations for clients, and a new client policy class for allowing the SCCM agent to configure the pull server settings on a host would be great. Alternatively a new role could be made ... not sure that would feel as elegant.

        The baseline…

        113 votes
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          2 comments  ·  Compliance Settings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          This feature will evolve from the “run scripts” features that first showed up in ConfigMgr 1706 tech preview. It lets you build a library of powershell, and execute them on demand. We will evolve DSC capabilities into this feature too.

        • Show live distribution status within the console

          Show the live status of content copying to distribution points (status bar) in the Admin console, Essentially the existing DP Job queue Manager

          111 votes
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          • Have the ability to remove a CAS when only one primary site is left

            Beginning with 2012SP1, we have the ability to add a CAS to an autonomous primary site. It could be interesting to reverse the proposition by having the ability to remove a CAS above a Primary when a CAS is no longer needed or has been set for a wrong reason.
            I know that it could be done through creating another hierarchy and using migration tasks by this is quite difficult for it requires additional hardware.

            109 votes
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            • Software Center "Sort by" default view

              Change default "sort by" order from "Most recent" to Alphabetic list (Application name A-Z). Or remember the setting for the client. Or allow a SysAdmin setting for site-wide default setting. It always resets back to Most recent.

              109 votes
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                Noted  ·  3 comments  ·  Software Center  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Client Push Alternative

                Integrate an alternative for the client push account within SCCM. Rather than having an account which requires administrator access across all workstations and servers, allow alternatives such as LAPS (Local Administrator Password Solution).

                You could specify the account named used by LAPS (i.e. localadmin) and have SCCM obtain and then authenticate using the LAPS password for each individual machine.

                108 votes
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                  5 comments  ·  Client Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • User friendly progress tracking when distributing content to distribution points.

                  User friendly progress tracking when distributing content to distribution points. At the moment when asked how long it will take to have content available one needs to track the logs and guess a time frame. If it would be possible to have a progress tracker i.e. speed at which the content is copying, queue tracking, and eta.

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                    Noted  ·  7 comments  ·  Content  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Use SQL Backup with Compression for the backup task

                    With CM 1511, SMS Backup task enabled by default. And that does a volume shadow copy of the DB which means full-sized files. For my tiny lab that means I'm backing up 8 GB alone.

                    For production it'll mean 850GB per primary site. Under CM12 when we backup just SQL using compression, it's just 160GB per primary site.

                    Please allow an option to just invoke a database backup instead so that compression can be used and I don't need to go order terabytes of data just for backups.

                    Also the current backup just erases the last backup. But in a…

                    97 votes
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                      Noted  ·  1 comment  ·  Setup and Server Infrastructure  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • More persistent Software Update restart notification

                      Currently behavior is that if Software Updates have installed and a restart is required, initial notification will pop up and then disappear. User may not have seen notification and often will not see any further notifications unless they happen to be in front of the system at just the right time or see the final no-dismiss dialog.

                      Would be great to have the initial restart dialog remain on screen until user dismisses (or initiates restart) to ensure dialog is seen by user. Dialog should include time remaining to restart deadline.

                      96 votes
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                        7 comments  ·  Software Updates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Active Admin Consoles

                        I would like to send a message to all users who have the admin console open. Just a pop-up that warns them of a reboot, or if I need to send out a custom message to all active sessions.

                        I would like to also be able to see on the Administrations overview page how many Admin Consoles are opened up and connected to the site, and the user name. At the CAS level see all sessions if their are multiple primary servers.

                        95 votes
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                          5 comments  ·  Admin Console  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Software Updates - Need an Option to Control the Auto deployment of Revised updates

                          WSUS has an inbuilt option to control the approval /Auto Approval of revised updates.
                          However ConfigMgr is missing this feature. This is causing the revised updates to get auto installed on the clients if the deployment is active.
                          The latest example for this issue was KB3172605. This was revised by MS and caused auto install with reboot on clients

                          91 votes
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                            Noted  ·  1 comment  ·  Software Updates  ·  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.

                            89 votes
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                              Noted  ·  9 comments  ·  Application Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Stop unnecessary "New software is available" pop-up on each logon after a user has uninstalled an available application.

                              After a user installs an application that was deployed as "Available", but later uninstalls the application, the user gets a balloon pop-up every time they logon saying "New software is available".

                              There is NO way to prevent this from happening apart from removing the user from the collection where the application was deployed, and adding them back. This has been the case since CM12 was released but this is not a desirable behavior especially when there's no "valid" way of preventing this.

                              88 votes
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                              • Exclude virtual cluster and OU from discovery

                                Please add the ability in discoveries to:
                                - exclude OU's
                                - exclude Virtual Cluster resource

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                                  9 comments  ·  Client Discovery  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Make the client report who’s logged on

                                  Policy requests are made on computer level. When assigning an application to a computer we regularly trigger a machine policy request to speed up the installation. This is not possible when user assignment is used, as we don’t know which computer(s) the user is currently logged on to. We can guess by checking for example “Last logon User Name”, this is however not live data and thus not very accurate. If the client instead reported who’s logged on as part of the user policy request at log on, we would know. This would allow to trigger a User policy request…

                                  87 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Application Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Built-in Web Service for OSD tasks

                                    Maik Koster has created an excellent Web Service for performing tasks e.g. during OSD, like removing a device from a collection. I think it would be a great idea to have a Site System Role for OSD where you have a built-in step in the TS to choose various tasks to perform during OSD.

                                    83 votes
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                                      Noted  ·  2 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Perform AD discoveries from servers other than Site Server

                                      In flat SCCM infrastructure deployment across multiple domains it becomes troublesome to perform User/Group/Forest/System discoveries in domains other than Site Server domain, especially in DMZ, this is because Site Server has to be able to talk to other domains domain controllers and security requirements not always allow that.

                                      This could be improved upon if we could choose to perform AD related discoveries from Site Systems (for example MP or specialized role for that purpose) other than Site Server as illustrated in the picture attached.

                                      83 votes
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                                      • Task Sequence Editor Search

                                        We have over 300 Groups/Steps in a couple of our task sequences. It would be really helpful to be able to search with the Task Sequence Editor. Either by step name or group name. In a perfect world it would be helpful to search descriptions or other text content within each group or step.

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

                                          Updated by bobmn for sangeev/OSD

                                        • 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.

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