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  1. Task Sequence Media - backup to media rather than network.

    In these days of huge USB drives, it would be really beneficial to be able to boot from USB media, then capture the .wim to that same media, rather than to a network location (which we don't have on many machines). Thank heaps.

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  2. Allow running PowerShell script synchronously during Task Sequence

    When using the Run PowerShell script step in a Task Sequence, the Task Sequence waits for the completion of the script before continuing.

    It would be useful to have a "Run Synchronously" option to allow the Task Sequence to continue to the next step without waiting for the script to complete.

    At the moment I use the command line CMD /C START Powershell.exe to achieve this goal.

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  3. SMSTSPostReboot / SMSTSOnStart command

    When a specific app or utility needs to be run (ex. a custom monitoring application) after each restart, it would be handy if we could put the command in a variable. The command should then be executed after each restart, before the TS continues.

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  4. Windows 10 Customizations - TS & Workspace

    Organizations prefer implementing a standard start menu and taskbar layout across all end user devices. There are powershell scripts available to achieve this during build sequence. However, it will be nice to have a built in feature\step in the TS to perform this. Also, with Windows 10 upgrades\servicing, I have seen issues with these layouts being reset to defaults. It may be worth adding a Windows 10 workspace of its own in the ConfigMgr console for creating customization policies and deploying them in conjunction with Compliance settings.

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  5. AD computer object description

    Setting the AD computer object description should be allowed inside a task sequence during the domain join operation.
    Whether or not this is on the dialog box, is not important to me. I'd be happy setting a TS variable (ie. OSDComputerObjectDescription)

    Alternatively, we could use a PowerShell script using different credentials (which Task Sequences also do not allow). Similar to the way
    the "Run Command Line" allows the input of credentials.

    Right now we have to use a kludgy "Run Command Line" using credentials and run
    a batch file that calls something like: PowerShell.exe -executionpolicy Bypass -command pscommandhere
    or: PowerShell.exeā€¦

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  6. Set CCMEXEC Service to "Auto" while running a OS Task Sequence

    It would be cool, if you set the CCMEXEC Service to "Auto" automatically while running a Task Sequence. After OS Deployment run, it sould be set to "Delayed" again.

    This would Speed up OS Deplyoment up to 15 Minutes!

    (We tested it in here with a TS Step after CCMSetup Step) cmd /c sc config "CcmExec" start= auto

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  7. Driver pack life cycle management

    Driver pack life cycle management, This would make managing driver packs easier and create an easier mechanism for reporting to management that driver packs are up to date easily

    - Add fields to track last date verified to facilitate weather there is a new replacement
    - Supported OS releases as defined by vendor release docs, to assist in troubleshooting in the rare instance a driver does not work with a future release
    - Add Life cycle field for ie New/Testing/in use/soon to be replaced and retired

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  8. Integrate git into the Task Sequence for script execution

    Can we please have native git integration in an OSD task sequence for script execution? This would provide version and branch control when running scripts during an OSD task sequence

    e.g.

    1. Connect to a repo in GitHub
    2. Download scripts as a zip file
    3. Extract scripts and then execute

    It would be good to select a specific branch as well (e.g. develop) so you can test script changes prior to merging to master

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  9. Enable Task Sequences to automate an existing OEM/Reset image (from OOBE)

    Part of the big push for modern management, and solutions such as AutoPilot, is so that you "don't need to spend time replacing a perfectly good OS that is already on the device". Especially when dealing with clean devices such as Surface, this makes complete sense... except in cases where AutoPilot and Intune aren't used or cannot be used.

    My suggestion is: Let's create an option for a PXE-enabled Task Sequence to run, and essentially perform the automation of the existing OOBE, by essentially bypassing the partitioning and WIM application steps. That way, much like the selling points for modernā€¦

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  10. Add task sequence auditing

    The inability to know exactly what changes were made (and by whom) in a task sequence is a significant pain point. Something close what AGPM provides for group policies would be ideal, but even basic auditing capabilities as a starting point would help tremendously.

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  11. Windows Monitor DPI Scaling aka Zoom

    Hello,

    In Windows 10 (and I think since Windows 8), there's a new DPI Scaling method used. Now, we have the "zoom" option in the Display settings. The default scaling is based on a Microsoft calculation of the DPI, screen size and other mecanism.

    This setting is per user and currently, there's no way to set a default value. For exemple, I got HP ProBook 650 which default to 125% zoom, resulting in less then 1080 actual resolution. I want all my computer to have a zoom of 100%.

    I found the value that need to be change is under:

    ā€¦

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  12. Upgrade Operating System Built-in Step: Add Option to Keep Files Only

    Customer does not have the store installed and using the built-in TS step keeps files and apps. I know that the "OSDSetupAdditionalUpgradeOptions" variable can be used, but it would be nice to have the option on the built-in TS step.

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    2 comments  ·  Operating System Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriateā€¦  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for responding.

    We cannot provide a different migration options for the reasons I outlined below. Anything other than ‘Applications, Data and Settings’ will leave the machine unmanaged – while we developed the new upgrade step we tested them all.

    I’ll see if I can source steps for reinstalling the Store without having to complete a restore.

  13. It would be great to export just task sequence xml file so it can be added into git repo in multi admin enviorment

    It would be great just to get drop in task sequence to export task sequence xml file to it can be uploaded to external repository as way to keep track of changes in any change management system

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  14. Choose between DISM and ImageX for imaging

    ImageX requires that an operating system is generalized.
    In some cases, when using images for backup purposes a Sysprep of the operating system can increase the risk of any malfunction.

    DISM does not require an image to be generalized and can be used with a detour of using MDT.

    I would like to see the option that you are able to select the imaging method (ImageX or DISM) by default in a task sequence.

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  15. Task Sequence Import - Mass Overwrite / Ignore

    When importing a TS, and you have multiple dependencies to import with it, would be nice to have a check box to overwrite all, instead of clicking on each one to overwrite, or ignore.

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  16. Nested Task Sequence Variable

    Now that we have nested task sequences, the next logical step seems to be to add the ability to have a step in the master task sequence to nest a task sequence based on a variable instead of a statically chosen TS. See the same type of step for applications and packages.

    In our environment, this ability would be the last feature required to make a truly dynamic and ZTE for our IT Operations users.

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  17. Support using OSDDownloadContent.exe outside of Download Package Content TS step

    A number of organizations are using OSDDownloadContent.exe outside of Download Package Content TS Step to download dynamic driver content (made popular by http://www.scconfigmgr.com/modern-driver-management/). In this scenario, driver package version information is missing in the TS environment during TS runtime (i.e. SMSTSSourceVersion%PackageID% TS variables are not set). When an Alternate Content Provider is called using SMSTSDownloadProgram to download content, the ACP is unable to determine which version of the package needs to be downloaded and can result in download failure or downloading the incorrect version of a driver.

    Ideally, OSDDownloadContent.exe would be able to retrieve the current version and updateā€¦

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  18. Open nested task sequence from within parent task sequence

    Nesting task sequences is great but the experience of finding and opening nested TS' is not great.

    Adding a button to the "Run Task Sequence" step in the TS editor to 'Open Nested TS' would be fantastic.

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  19. Allow Application installation in Task Sequence for applications without content

    When trying to add applications to be installed during OSD that do not have any content, the deployment will fail.

    As we are heavily relying on wrapped Chocolatey packages for application deployments this would be a great Addition.

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  20. Boot Image Azure Powershell

    Include option to inject Azure Powershell Cmdlets (including Azure Automation) into Boot Images. As many organizations are moving to the cloud, including the ability to login and run tasks in Azure is a must.

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    Thanks for your feedback. Updating status to noted.

    This item is very similar to "Add “AD Powershell Module” as Optional Component for boot images"

    We had to decline that as we cannot ship or take a dependency on the AD module. Similarly we won’t be able to take a dependency on Azure PSH module – we can only add what’s in the ADK.

    Your ask covers a bit more ground with the ability to run tasks in Azure so I’ll leave as noted for now.

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