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  1. 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…

    118 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.

    • 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.

      115 votes
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        Noted  ·  9 comments  ·  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.

        114 votes
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          7 comments  ·  Software Updates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 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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            Noted  ·  0 comments  ·  Content  ·  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.

            105 votes
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              5 comments  ·  Client Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Exclude virtual cluster and OU from discovery

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

              104 votes
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                10 comments  ·  Client Discovery  ·  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.

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                  Noted  ·  9 comments  ·  Application Management  ·  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 →
                    • Improve Android Hardware Inventory to include "Android Security Patch Level" in SCCM / Intune Hybrid

                      Current "Intune Company Portal" do not report "Android Security Patch Level" as part of the Android Hardware Inventory to SCCM in a Hybrid environment.

                      This is important as our security policy requires that the device must be up-to-date on Android Security Patch inorder to be "In Compliance"

                      From an administrative point of view it should be possible to have an overview of your Android devices to verify whom devices that has been upgraded with the latest security updates from Android.

                      Security Vulnerabilities are rapidly increasing for mobile devices, e.g. the previous KRACK Vulnerability. Hence it would great to see that…

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                        1 comment  ·  Mobile Device Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Cloud Management Gateway (as CSP)

                        With 1610, the Cloud Management Gateway feature arrived. Although it's a Pre-Release feature, as Cloud Solution Provider we're UNABLE to use/implement this. And so are our customers...!

                        When you try to set this up from the ConfigMgr console, a prerequisite is the Azure Management Certificate, which can't be configured as CSP-tenant because this needs the Classic Azure Portal (ASM). This is unacceptable for us, as CSP, as we would have to instruct our customers to get an Azure Subscription separately.

                        https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/cie/2016/11/28/azure-management-certificates-and-publishing-setting-file-with-csp-subscriptions/

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                          8 comments  ·  Setup and Server Infrastructure  ·  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

                            93 votes
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                              Noted  ·  1 comment  ·  Software Updates  ·  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…

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                                0 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.

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                                  Noted  ·  6 comments  ·  Software Center  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • 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  ·  sangeev responded

                                    Updated by bobmn for sangeev/OSD

                                  • Better Driver and Driver Package Management

                                    Driver Management within the console is unacceptably slow (still). We manage 60+ unique Models across Windows 7 all the way up through Windows 10. As a result there are a LOT of drivers to maintain and manage. With SCCM 2007, we had the ability to at least break these down in folders. With sccm 2012 you removed the ability to import directly to a folder. The trade-off was "categories" however, it is still incredibly slow to search for drivers.

                                    In addition, with SCCM 2007, we could just fill a folder with inf's and create a driver package from that without…

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                                      Noted  ·  7 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • 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.

                                      88 votes
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                                        Noted  ·  6 comments  ·  Application Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • New builtin reports about Windows 10 versions and builds

                                        ConfigMgr has a few reports about operating systems, but they are not suitable with the new Windows 10 world. Please create new Windows 10 related reports. E.g.
                                        - chart with Windows 10 versions (Ent/Edu/Pro) and build (including click-through to see the actual devices)
                                        - report that lists devices with a specific Win10 version/build in a collection
                                        - report with Windows 10 versions/builds in a specific collection

                                        These are not very difficult to create, but because every Win10 customer needs them, they should be included in the product.

                                        These are also needed, because:
                                        - Windows 10 Dashboard doesn't provide drill through …

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                                        • Add OSD Variable to not send Status Messages

                                          Now that TS support installing applications list, it would be good to have a TS Variable such as SMSTSSendStatusMessage that would allow us to not send status messages like offline media. Or in some cases to send status messages when using Offline media.

                                          When installing a TS that has all content cached and the machine is offline the TS tries to send status messages and when it fails it retries a number of times increasing the overall time of the TS deployment, however it will complete successfully.

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