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  1. Distribution Points are by default NOT assigned the same priority

    CURRENT FUNCTIONALITY

    When a new Distribution Point (DP) whether it is a normal DP or a Pull DP is installed to a ConfigMgr 2012 R2 site, the priority assigned to this new DP is always the same by default.

    REQUEST FOR CHANGE

    It is often desired that Pull DPs are by default assigned lower priority than the normal DPs.

    MORE INFORMATION

    When operating a site with many (hundreds of) DPs installed, the normal DPs serve as source distribution points for the Pull DPs. It is therefore desired, that those normal DPs will have the new package files copied over before…

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      2 comments  ·  Content  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      We do have some intelligence for Pull DPs. For example, if the content is not available on any of the source DPs yet, we don’t send out the instructions to Pull DP.

      Let us know if you have any additional comments OR see this behave differently.

    • Task Sequence Error Dialog Box Needs to Show Step Name

      The error dialog box for the task sequence shows the error code, but does not show you what step threw the error.
      - Show the step name on the default error dialog box.
      - The modal dialog box for errors goes directly over the progress dialog box, so you can’t see the step from there without using the mouse.
      - You may not have mouse support, especially when you are RDPing into a box with a VMware or Hyper-V console… which means this is REALLY frustrating

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        Noted  ·  4 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Remote tools - client setting to change client service to Automatic startup

        One of the biggest issues I hear with the Remote Tools is that when you restart a machine it takes a couple of minutes before you can remote control it again. This is due to the delayed start of the service. I assume that this cannot be changed per default but give us the option using a client setting to change it to Automatic instead of using a GPO would be really sweet!
        This is very similar to the following feedback item. https://configurationmanager.uservoice.com/forums/300492-ideas/suggestions/8471107-fix-remote-control-bug-after-client-reboot#comments

        70 votes
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          1 comment  ·  Remote Control  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 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.

          68 votes
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            Noted  ·  8 comments  ·  Setup and Server Infrastructure  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Support to image mounted vhd drives

            With this ability you can expand the capabilities of your task sequence in so many ways, ie using VHD's to create a Kiosk/steady state solution.

            Please add support to be able to apply operating system images to mounted VHD drives.

            Currently a permission issue prevents this.

            65 votes
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              6 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  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.

              64 votes
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                Noted  ·  2 comments  ·  Software Center  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Add TFPBlockSize and TFTPWindowsSize to the DP configuration page in the Admin Console

                It would great to be able to configure TFTPBlocksize and TFTPWindowsSize on PXE-enabled DPs from the Configuraiton Manager console, and not having to edit the registry or to use Configuration Item/Baseline to do this. An option on the PXE tab in the Distribution Point properties please?!

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                  2 comments  ·  Content  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add more features to Remote Control

                  Implement
                  - Buttons like Open the Windows 8/10 charms bar.
                  - Windows Shortcuts.
                  - allow x sessions to one Client.
                  - usable Multi-Montior Support
                  - Data Transfer Features

                  Teamviewer functions should be the baseline.

                  64 votes
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                    Noted  ·  10 comments  ·  Remote Control  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 64 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  Software Center  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      Noted  ·  sangeevsangeev responded

                      Updated by bobmn for sangeev/OSD

                    • 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…

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                        Noted  ·  1 comment  ·  Setup and Server Infrastructure  ·  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.

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                          Noted  ·  2 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Allow defining custom OMA-URI settings for Windows 10 clients with ConfigMgr client

                          Currently you cannot define custom OMA-URI settings for Windows 10 clients with ConfigMgr client. You can only define quite limited set of settings. Unfortunately, there are some important OMA-URI settings that should be set on all Windows 10 clients (DataProtection/AllowDirectMemoryAccess), which are not part of limited available settings.

                          This is now one example, but there will be other examples in the future.

                          Currently, there is not good way to deploy the setting easily to all clients in the environment.

                          63 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Compliance Settings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Implement a repair functionality for reqired applications

                            A functionality for repair of an application (uninstall followed by an install) of a required application out of the software center would be highly appreciated and would take of load from the helpdesk.

                            62 votes
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                              Noted  ·  4 comments  ·  Application Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Status Messages in the SCCM Console

                              Status messages are amazingly helpful in the SCCM console, but difficult to get to. For instance, whoever wrote the status messages for Task Sequence deployments did an amazing job, yet I cannot access these without making a custom query! This is an amazing troubleshooting tool that is hidden from the average user.

                              I'd like to get access to status messages from the object that makes the status message. For instance, if I right click on a task sequence deployment, I want to be able to view all status messages associated with that object. If I right click on a distribution…

                              62 votes
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                                Noted  ·  6 comments  ·  Admin Console  ·  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…

                                61 votes
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                                  Noted  ·  4 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • DCR: Boot Images. Provide an option to prevent re-downloading boot images (Boot / Prestage Media)

                                  Scenario: You create a Boot Media or Prestaged Media. Current behaviour is that as long as the boot image version from creation date matches the version inside the infrastructure everything is fine. System is starting Windows PE and executes the Task Sequence. If you add for example a new driver now to the boot image the new version causes Configuration Manager to download the boot image inside Windows PE and another restart into the updated version of the boot image. In case of a Prestaged Media scenario this painful, as UEFI systems might no longer work.

                                  Possible SOLUTION: Add a…

                                  60 votes
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                                    Noted  ·  1 comment  ·  Operating System 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

                                    60 votes
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                                      6 comments  ·  Client Discovery  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • More Intelligent Client Cache

                                      With SCCM 2012 we got the single instance store on the back end which reduces the need for storage significantly on the server side but on the client side there's no optimization whatsoever.
                                      If you for example have 2 applications or deployment types which are using the same or almost the same content they are downloaded both separately. This has a negatively impact on the disk space you need to reserve for the client cache but also on the bandwidth used to download almost twice the same content. I believe this can be done better.
                                      Many folks had to configure…

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                                        Noted  ·  2 comments  ·  Client Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • SCCM Gateway Servers for Deployment to DMZ's

                                        We should be able to deploy SCCM Gateway servers for deployment to DMZ, Internet and Remote locations where opening ports to the management servers / domains are not feasible. We are unable to forward ports from the internet to our LAN and must use a DMZ. There is no way to implement SCCM for IBCM because of this.

                                        58 votes
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                                          4 comments  ·  Setup and Server Infrastructure  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Maintenance window relative to patch Tuesday

                                          Maintenance window relative to patch Tuesday

                                          It would be very helpful to be able to set maintenance windows to be relative to Patch Tuesday. For example, apply patches on the 1st Saturday after patch Tuesday, or the second Sunday after patch Tuesday. Since patch Tuesday changes each month, the current "second Saturday of the month" type options are not useful when Patch Tuesday could fall before or after that depending on the calendar.

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