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  1. 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…

    119 votes
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      Noted  ·  1 comment  ·  Setup and Server Infrastructure  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • add a powershell possibility to add requirements to a deploymenttype of an application

      At the moment it is not easy to add requirements to an application deploymenttype with PowerShell. I think many of us would benefit if this would be simplified.

      118 votes
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        9 comments  ·  PowerShell  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • smart card pass-through support for remote control

        Please provide smart card pass through for RDP/Remote Control sessions.

        115 votes
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          16 comments  ·  Remote Control  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Have updates automatically handle MP replicas

          It's a real pain to have to tear down and rebuild the MP replicas every time I want to install a servicing update. It would be great to have the update process automatically save the replica state, point the MPs at the primary DB, tear down the MP replicas, do the update and then put it all back.

          115 votes
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            Noted  ·  1 comment  ·  Setup and Server Infrastructure  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Fix Active Directory Discovery Attribute <Not Set> Bug

            When an optional AD attribute has been selected for inclusion in AD discovery, if that attribute has a value at time of discovery, it is included in the discovery and reflected as part of the information for the user/computer/group object in CM. If that AD attribute is later cleared (changed to <not set> / NULL value in AD), discovery identifies that the attribute is a NULL value and purposely skips it from the discovery. As such, the user/computer/group object in AD falls out of sync with the AD attributes and continues to report the value even though it has been…

            114 votes
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              5 comments  ·  Asset 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)

              113 votes
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                Noted  ·  3 comments  ·  Application Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Improve PC lifecycle management feature

                ConfigMgr should have better PC lifecycle management.

                E.g. following features:
                - Recognize potential devices that are removed from the network e.g. devices that are removed/disabled from AD, not active within ConfigMgr
                - When removing a device from ConfigMgr, the device should be removed also from AD/Intune/CMDB. There should be a way to provide a custom command to remove the device from 3rd party CMDB
                - Create a workflow with multiple conditions and steps with optional approval

                113 votes
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                  1 comment  ·  Asset Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Animated GIFs as icons in Software Center

                  It would be pretty 🔥if software center supported animated GIFs for App icons

                  110 votes
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                    8 comments  ·  Software Center  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Add Reboot Count functionality to the Disable BitLocker TS Step

                    Newer versions of the BitLocker management tools (specifically manage-bde) now support the ability to suspend the BitLocker protection for defined number of reboots. The current Disable BitLocker TS step only suspends BitLocker for 1 reboot. There are cases that having a defined number of reboots (or indefinitely until re-enabled at the end of a TS) can come in handy (flashing the BIOS, MBR2GPT, In-place Upgrade with PINs, etc.).

                    Please add this functionality to the Disable BitLocker TS step for the operating systems that support it.

                    109 votes
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                      2 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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…

                      109 votes
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                        Noted  ·  7 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Virtual environment management

                        We cannot have AppV connection groups be successfully managed by current branch SCCM Virtual Environments.
                        It looks like:
                        - an application cannot be part of more than one virtual environment
                        AND
                        - an application cannot have more than one deployment type in a virtual environment

                        According to what can be found in the documentation, it should be possible to achieve what we want.
                        - Old whitepaper (not anymore officially available, but we still have it): http://www.getonict.nl/docs/app-v-5-configuration-manager-2012-sp1-integration.pdf “Applications are allowed to be in multiple virtual environments to allow a single package to communicate with multiple, separate applications.”
                        - SCCM Current Branch…

                        105 votes
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                          4 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.

                          103 votes
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                            Noted  ·  4 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.

                            99 votes
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                              Noted  ·  7 comments  ·  Content  ·  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.

                              99 votes
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                                Noted  ·  10 comments  ·  Application Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Create collections based on boundary group

                                With more and more AD admins being directed to "flatten" their sites and services, the ability to create query collections based on an AD site has become moot since boundaries are now having to be manually created by subnet or range. When a new subnet comes online or is taken off, not only does it have to be changed as a boundary and to subsequent groups but now any collections needing that range must also be updated. I'd rather one change to a group dynamically change all other collections tied to the group.

                                98 votes
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                                  4 comments  ·  Collections  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Add Ability to Remediate Existential Registry Setting Compliance Items

                                  Currently you cannot auto-remediate a registry compliance item with an existential rule. I should be able to select an option to auto-remediate to have a setting removed much like you can to set a value.

                                  97 votes
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                                    6 comments  ·  Compliance Settings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Trigger Hardware Inventory after Operating System Upgrade Task Sequence Completes

                                    An OS Upgrade Task Sequence results in many significant changes to a system's Inventory and compliance states. The OS Upgrade TS should trigger a full hardware inventory after completion

                                    95 votes
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                                      6 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Allow Changing In-use Global Conditions

                                      Currently, a Global Condition cannot be changed or deleted if it is in use in any existing revision of an application. This makes testing a new global condition or fixing an existing global condition extremely cumbersome, either resulting in many duplicates being created or many revisions of the application being deleted every time the global condition must be changed.

                                      While it is beneficial to make it difficult to break an existing application by preventing the global condition from changing, ultimately, SCCM users need the freedom to determine when it is appropriate to change an existing Global Condition on their own.

                                      94 votes
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                                        3 comments  ·  Application Management  ·  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

                                        94 votes
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                                          Noted  ·  1 comment  ·  Software Updates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Force clients to download updates from Microsoft update site.

                                          With more and more people working from home these days, having the ability to specify in a Software Update Group deployment to force download from MS update site would be terrific. I'd still like those clients to download content for applications from the internal DP over VPN, but downloading monthly updates would be much quicker if you could force them to use internet instead of VPN.

                                          94 votes
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                                            5 comments  ·  Software Updates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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