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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 aā€¦

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  2. Software Center Dark Mode

    Make a dark mode that switches with the Windows 10 dark mode system setting. Also add fluent design system to Software Center. Make its appearance more co-herent with the Windows 10 settings app GUI.

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  3. 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

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  4. Include the serviceui.exe functionality in task sequence environment by default

    Many organizations create their own front-ends for ConfigMgr Task Sequences (or leverage popular third-party ones like OSD++, Pretty Good Front End, etc.). However, these only are able to be used when the task sequence is in WinPE.

    Please add the serviceui.exe functionality into the default task sequence environment so it is possible to display Light Touch prompts when starting the task sequence from an existing operating system. Including serviceui.exe would be enough, or the functionality to launch interactive UI could be added to the environment natively.

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  5. 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.

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  6. 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

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  7. 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 withoutā€¦

    122 votes
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  8. 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.

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  9. criteria in software updates filtering for Title

    During the software update filter section ,I want to exclude updates with title malicious,itanium and security only but for this ,if i choose title does not contain ,it doesnt have option to change AND instead of OR .
    OR will work only if the title contain but if i choose does not contain ,i left with undesired results. This is same for other filter sections .
    Attached the image for your reference.

    Can this be improved to customize based on the requirement.

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  10. 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.

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  11. 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.

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  12. Pre distribute content to clients before deadline.

    I work in a quite big Environment, 30k clients and my network team isnā€™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.

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  13. Retain users settings in Software Center. i.e. Business Hours, after client upgrade.

    When ever the client is upgraded our users have to reset their Business Hours in Software Center. This is extremely difficult in a 60000+ environment to get the communication out. Why can't the users settings in the client upgrade process be retained?

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  14. Task Sequence Version Control

    Please create a function to enable task sequence versioning. This feature would be very helpful for reverting back to a previous task sequence as well as accountability for the last user that modified the task sequence.

    We write a lot of WMI queries as well as set various task sequence variables. These settings change over time and it would be a great feature to look back on a previous version to view the changes as well as the last user modification.

    We currently make copies of our task sequences for this archival purpose. This process works for us now, butā€¦

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  15. Add the ability to deploy and manage drivers post OS deployment

    what would be great to see is a mechanism which would allow for the deployment of drivers to client computers post the OSD. ideally it would be fantastic if it can use the same driver package as is used in the OS Deployment to save the administrative overhead needing to have 2 different ways to deploy updated drivers like we need to today where we package the drivers for OS deployment, while to deploy to the existing hardware we need to depend upon the vendors installation package which in some cases don't allow silent installation so requires a large amountā€¦

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  16. Chat feature in Remote Control

    It would be nice to have a chat feature within the remote control client. This way I can chat with my users when they are using the computer and I need them to complete a task after I am remoted in.

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  17. Extend the default Hardware Inventory to include Windows Setup/Upgrade related registry values

    There are several registry keys which contain information about the currently installed Operating System as well as Installation/Upgrade history/errors/status information. These keys provide a valuable source of information that could be used for building reports/collections related to OS Deployment. One of the major barriers mentioned for not deploying Windows 10 Feature Updates from Windows 10 Servicing in the console is the lack of visibility/reporting available. Adding these registry keys to the default hardware inventory included in SCCM instead of having to customize inventory would make it easier to share reports/scripts/etc related to this data and could likely be built soā€¦

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  18. Temporarily suspend any SCCM client activity

    Many of our users (300000) need a feature to temporarily suspend any SCCM activity at least for a limited time per day.
    Activities that need to be suspended are:
    - Downloads
    - Installs
    - Reboots

    Business cases:
    Customers Skype sessions often get disturbed while a download is running in the background. We thought the setting "Suspend Software Center activities when in PowerPoint presentation mode" would help but from what our user reports it doesn't.

    Another scenario are users working on metered connections, e.g. as they are provided by Deutsche Bahn. Users working on such a connection quickly use up theirā€¦

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  19. 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 ā€œApplications are allowed to be in multiple virtual environments to allow a single package to communicate with multiple, separate applications.ā€
    - SCCM Current Branchā€¦

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  20. Support Phased Deployments in Automatic Deployment Rules

    I think this is pretty straight-forward. If the Phased Deployment feature is to become a thing for software updates it needs to be supported as part of ADRs. If organizations are manually deploying updates then they're simply doing it wrong. If anyone thinks I'm transitioning from automated deployments to manual phased deployments they vastly underestimate my laziness.

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